Arsenal won their first pre-season game with a 7-0 win over the Indonesian Dream Team who have now been renamed the ‘Nightmare XI’.
Theo Walcott’s goal sent the Gunners in 1-0 up at half-time, before second half strikes from Chuba Akpom, Lukas Podolski, Kris Olsson, Thomas Eisfeld and a brace from Olivier Giroud made the game safe.
This correspondent didn’t see the whole encouter but did enjoy some excellent Aaron Ramsey skill in the first half as he dragged-back and Cruyff turned his way into the home side’s area.
But it was hot here today, and the choice was a meaningless friendly or barbecued meat, sunshine, beer and gimlets. Booze and food won out.
However, it’s a good beginning to pre-season, start as you mean to go on, we say. And the new away kit looked spankingly good.
Those stripey socks were the difference between the two sides, no doubt about it. Well, that and the fact the opposition was a bit rubbish, but we’re sure a fun time was had by all.
If you want to see the goals, check out this ESPN report, and Arsenal now fly to Vietnam for their next game on Wednesday.