Seven up for Arsenal on tour

Arsenal kicked off their pre-season tour with an emphatic 7-0

victory over an Indonesian Dream Team on Sunday.

In front of a huge 88,000 crowd at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

in Jakarta, Arsene Wenger watched his side take a 19th-minute lead

through Theo Walcott.

Then, in a second half which saw a raft of substitutions, the

Gunners hit six further goals. Striker Chuba Akpom doubled the

lead, before the more experienced Olivier Giroud (two) and Lukas

Podolski got in on the act. Finally, two more youngsters – Kris

Olsson and Thomas Eisfeld – rounded off the evening’s


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set up Arsenal’s opener, striding into

the area on the right-hand side before laying the ball back to

Walcott to arrive and score with confidence.

Aaron Ramsey was one of the visitors’ best performers – one

pirouette in the Indonesia area dazzled the crowd – while Serge

Gnabry also caught the eye.

And it was the latter who crossed low from the left for Akpom to

coolly slot home the second goal from eight yards out on 54


Bacary Sagna and Giroud came off the bench and within minutes,

the Frenchmen had combined for goals three and four. Both came from

the defender’s right-wing crosses, and the turn-and-shot from

Giroud for his second was particularly well executed.

Tomas Rosicky then claimed two assists, teeing up Podolski to

strike home from 20 yards out and then crossing deep from the left

to allow Olsson to slide home the sixth goal at the far post.

Eisfeld wrapped up the scoring when he latched onto Giroud’s

nod-down and lashed a left-footed shot in off the crossbar.

Arsenal now move on Hanoi to face Vietnam in their next friendly

on Wednesday.