Arsene Wenger says he enjoyed watching Vietnam grab a consolation goal as his rampant Arsenal side bagged seven in the club’s second run out of pre-season.
Olivier Giroud bagged a first half hattrick, before goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ignasi Miquel and a brace from Chuba Akpom rounded off the goalfest in Hanoi. (Match report here)
Speaking after the match, the boss gave gracious encouragement to the hosts while admitting that the humid conditions made his squad suffer.
“It was a game played with good pace and a good spirit. For us of course it was a good preparation for the season. Vietnam started very quick, very strong, and the first minutes were for them. But after that on our first chance we scored and we scored some great goals.
“We played at a good pace and overall it was a very positive night. Vietnam have qualities and I think they suffered a little bit defensively against our pace up front.
“It is very difficult to judge on one game,” the boss reflected when asked about Vietnam’s future potential.
“I believe they have good technique, good mobility and their defence suffered against our quality up front. Overall they have the basic quality and it was great to see the enthusiasm and the happiness when they scored the goal.
“It was one of the few times in my life that I enjoyed when an opponent scored. It was such a great moment in the stadium and the enthusiasm of the crowd was so big that of course they deserve to be happy.”
Warm words from the boss at the end of leg two of the Asia Tour. Next up the squad travel to Japan where they’ll undertake an intense four-day boot camp, before resuming the match action on 22 July against Wenger’s old club Nagoya Grampus.