Arse­nal score three goals in fi­nal Aus­tralian tour win

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SYD­NEY: Arse­nal wrapped up their Aus­tralian tour with a 3-1 win over the Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers with all their goals com­ing in the first half in Syd­ney yes­ter­day. The Gun­ners scored their goals in a 11minute pe­riod late in the first half through Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ram­sey and Mo­hamed El­neny with Span­ish de­fender Na­cho Mon­real stand­ing out with two as­sists.

The English gi­ants were held score­less in the sec­ond half with the 2014 Asian Cham­pion League win­ners pulling a goal back off an in­di­rect free kick from Steven Lus­tica. Arse­nal leave for China win­ning both games on their first tour to Aus­tralia in 40 years af­ter beat­ing A-League cham­pi­ons Syd­ney FC 2-0 on Thurs­day.

“They made it quite phys­i­cal for us, they pushed us a lit­tle bit and we played very well for long pe­ri­ods in the first half,” Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger said. “The play­ers who came on in the sec­ond half gave us more im­pe­tus and we fin­ished strongly, un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t score any more but over­all it was a pos­i­tive game.”

The game drew 83,221 fans for a two-game to­tal of 163,653 for Arse­nal’s visit. “The sup­port out here is truly amaz­ing, we prob­a­bly didn’t re­alise the amount of sup­port we had out here in Aus­tralia, it’s truly in­cred­i­ble,” at­tacker Theo Wal­cott said.

Arse­nal broke away with three goals late in the open­ing half af­ter a com­pet­i­tive open­ing. French striker Giroud made a sweet first-time fin­ish at the near post af­ter a strong over­lap­ping run from Mon­real in the 33rd minute and they were two-up a few min­utes later.

Mon­real found Ram­sey with a long ball and he lobbed goal­keeper Jan­je­tovic on the edge of the box. The Gun­ners grabbed a third goal near­ing half-time when Egyp­tian El­neny’s long-range vol­ley de­flected off de­fender Bren­dan Hamill’s leg past Jan­je­tovic into the un­guarded net.

Gun­ners’ record sign­ing French­man Alexan­dre La­cazette show­cased his daz­zling skills when he turned his marker and fired a shot at the keeper in the open­ing min­utes. El­neny came close to a sec­ond goal when an­other long-range shot can­noned off the un­der­side of the bar with Jan­je­tovic beaten min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion.

But the Wan­der­ers stuck at it and Jack Clisby clipped the bar with a drive and Ram­sey con­ceded a free kick with a back pass to sub­sti­tute goal­keeper Emi Martinez. Lus­tica ham­mered the in­di­rect free kick against Mon­real on the goal-line and put the re­bound into the roof of the net for his team’s opener in the 57th minute.

Wenger sub­sti­tuted ev­ery out­field player af­ter 66 min­utes with La­cazette and Giroud among those to come off. The Gun­ners came close to adding to their tally in the fi­nal stages with Me­sut Ozil and Ed­die Nke­tiah hit­ting the post and Theo Wal­cott hav­ing a sharp chance saved by goal­keeper Jan­je­tovic.

Arse­nal now head to China for fur­ther games against Bay­ern Mu­nich in Shang­hai and Chelsea in Bei­jing.

SYD­NEY: Arse­nal’s player Alex Iwobi (C) fights for the ball with Western Syd­ney’s player Ja­cob Melling dur­ing a friendly game in Syd­ney yes­ter­day.—

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