Thursday 18 July 2013
Arsenal scored seven goals for the second match running against a Vietnam XI, Chelsea got off to winning ways in Thailand, while Everton, Fulham and Southampton also recorded successes in their respective pre-season friendlies on Wednesday.
"We played at a good pace and overall it was a very positive night"
Fresh from overcoming Indonesia All-Stars 7-0 three days earlier, Arsenal again scored seven against Vietnam XI in Hanoi. Olivier Giroud, who scored twice in Jakarta, went one better this time with a first-half hat-trick.
Chuba Akpom, a graduate from Arsenal’s academy who excelled in last season's Barclays Under-21 Premier League, scored twice after the interval, following Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's long-range strike, while young Spanish centre-back Ignasi Miguel also got in on the act for the Gunners.
The home crowd were treated to a consolation goal for Vietnam, scored by substitute Tran Manh Dung.
"It was a game played with good pace and a good spirit," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club's website. "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 they suffered a little bit defensively against our pace up front."
Chelsea received a rapturous welcome at the Rajamangala Stadium where they overcame the Singha All Stars with a narrow win. A Romelu Lukaku penalty, awarded for a foul on Wallace on his Chelsea debut, sealed a 1-0 success in humid conditions.
"They were very organised with five at the back"
Jose Mourinho selected new signing Andre Schurrle in his first-half team, before switching things around after the interval, when Marco van Ginkel was given his debut and Jamal Blackman, Nathaniel Chalobah and Kevin De Bruyne also played.
"I am pleased and it was difficult to do well because of the amount of training and because the opposition played in a very defensive way which I am not criticising," Mourinho told the club's website. "They played for a result and knew we had more talent. Our 'keeper didn't make one save and we were always in control, and we thought when they were winning they would open a little more but they played for this kind of result.
"It was a good experience because they were very organised with five at the back and only one in attack. Defensively we were very strong, we moved the ball quite well but didn't create many chances. We are not sharp, we have a lot to improve, but it was OK."
Roberto Martinez enjoyed his first victory in charge of the club as Everton routed Accrington Stanley 4-1.
"The professionalism was outstanding"
Leon Osman’s second-half header complemented strikes by Darron Gibson, Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas as 19 players – including new signings Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles – obtained some valuable match-time.
"It wasn't about winning or losing," Martinez told evertontv. "It was about having a good attitude and approach. We used the game for a good physical exercise. The professionalism was outstanding. It was really good to see the fans enjoying what turned out to be a really good workout.
"Every player has been working and that is a very positive thing. The composure of when to pass the ball and when to run forward was good. The understanding between the players is clear. In the attacking third, they look really lively and we're still in that period of working with a lot of volume so it's pleasing to see such a bright performance."
Fulham scored three goals for the second match running as they sealed a comfortable win over LD Alajuelense on their tour of Costa Rica.
Steve Sidwell got the first goal for the visitors before Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov scored for the second match in succession. Allen Guevara had equalised for the home side before the Premier League club re-established their lead in the penultimate game of the trip.
Southampton began their pre-season campaign on a positive note as they secured a 2-1 triumph against Spanish third-tier outfit UE Llagostera.
Jay Rodriguez scored either side of David Cano's equaliser to earn Mauricio Pochettino's side, who included summer arrivals Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren after half-time, a narrow but comfortable victory in Palafrugell.