2006-08-05

Arsenal win in friendly match

Arsenal is preparing for their Champions League qualifying match against Dinamo Zagreb next week and defeated AZ Alkmaar with a 3-0 win on Friday.

The goals came from Gilberto, Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie saw Arsene Wenger's team complete their pre-season in style.

This match officially opened AZ's new DSB Stadion.

It's important to know that neither Thierry Henry nor Jens Lehmann lined up for the Gunners on Friday.

And both players will be absent again next week through a lack of match fitness and suspension respectively.

However, Arsene Wenger's side made light of their absence as, having threatened for much of the first half, they took a deserved lead in the 35th minute.

Midfielder Jose Antonio Reyes was the provider, with a looping free-kick to the far post.

Later, Gilberto's downward header found its way over the line underneath keeper Joseph Didulica.

Just over five minutes into the second half, the Gunners doubled their lead.

Khalid Sinouh, on as a half-time substitute for AZ, could do no better than parry Gilberto's scuffed shot into the path of Emmanuel Adebayor.

And the Togolese forward slotted the ball into the unguarded net.

Three minutes later, Arsenal's Dutch winger Robin Van Persie came agonisingly close to making it 3-0 when his powerfully struck shot ricocheted off both posts, but failed to cross the line.

The third would indeed come for the Gunners, however, as with less than 20 minutes remaining, the hapless Sinouh was penalised for bringing down Van Persie in the area - though it must be said that the Dutch player made the most of any contact.

In fact, Van Persie stepped up himself, and coolly despatched the spot-kick to score the 3-0.

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