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
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.