Starting XI: SZCZ – Jenkinson – Vermaelen – Koscielny – Gibbs – Wilshere – Song – Ramsey – Miyachi – Chamakh – Walcott
Arsenal have kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a 4-0 win over a Malaysia XI.
Arsene Wenger started with newcomers Carl Jenkinson and Ryo Miyachi and took the lead early on. Jack Wilshere was taken down driving into the box and Aaron Ramsey stepped home to tuck home the penalty in the 5th minute.
The game was played in high humidity and heat and the pace was positively Cyganesque at times.
Arsenal went 2-0 up in the 36th minute when Aaron Ramsey’s clever ball over the top of the Malaysian defence found Theo Walcott. He calmly lobbed the onrushing keeper to stretch the lead further.
The second half saw plenty of changes with Mannone, Djourou, Squillaci, Rosicky, Frimpong, Denilson and Vela all getting a taste of the action.
And it was Vela who put Arsenal further ahead in the 56th minute. Some nice build up play saw him clean though on goal and the Mexican, who has had more chips than a 17 stone single mother from a council estate, lofted it home beautifully.
He could have made it 4-0 almost immediately but headed straight at the keeper and then had an attempt cleared off the line.
Arsenal brought on Sagna, Nasri, van Persie and Arshavin, the latter replacing Denilson who was clearly unhappy and went straight down the tunnel according to reports.
The game dwindled out then until Arshavin’s clever play and lob set up Rosicky for a close range header to make it 4-0 in the 91st minute.
Overall the game provided a good work out for the Gunners who now travel to China for a fixture on Saturday.
Malaysia XI 0-4 Arsenal: (Ramsey pen, Walcott, Vela, Rosicky).