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Arsenal Lifts the Emirate Cup

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Arsenal secured the Emirates Cup for the first time since 2010 after edging German team, Wolfsburg by a 1-0. Theo Walcott’s solitary goal saw off a competitive Wolfsburg side.

By Tongai Mwenje

The visitors had given a good account of themselves until a moment of magic from the impressive Jeff Reine-Adelaide cracked their stubborn defence – a fine run and pass from the youngster slipping in Walcott to fire home.

See the goal by Walcott from the video below

https://youtu.be/sYrlqhBTB5E

The victory, which followed Arsenal’s 6-0 rout of Lyon on Saturday, means they lift the trophy with a perfect record from their two matches.

Arsenal made ten changes from the rout of Lyon with Petr Cech making his Emirates debut. It was a fine debut, too, as he made a couple of good saves to seal a first clean sheet in front of his new fans.

The result should give Arsenal a big confidence boost ahead of the Community Shield against Chelsea which takes place next Sunday.

England international Walcott has reportedly agreed a new contract with the Gunners and the 26-year-old hit the winner in a low-key victory despite lacking a cutting edge in the first half. Saturday’s man of the match Mesut Ozil was the only player retained against the Bundesliga runners-up as Arsene Wenger rotated his starting line-up ahead of next weekend’s Community Shield meeting with Chelsea.

PLAYER RATINGS

Arsenal: Cech 7, Bellerin 6, Chambers 6, Gabriel 6, Monreal 6, Arteta 6, Cazorla 7, Reine-Adelaide 8, Ozil 6, Wilshere 7, Walcott 7.

Subs: Giroud 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Ramsey 6, Akpom 6, Hayden 6.

Wolfsburg: Benaglio 6, Jung 7, Naldo 6, Klose 6, Rodriguez 6, Trasch 7, Guilavogui 7, Vieirinha 6, De Bruyne 6, Schürrle 7, Bendter 6.

SUBS: Caligiuri 6, Kruse 6, Arnold 6, Seguin 6, Rodriguez 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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