According to Richard Clarke of arsenal.com:
Arsenal ended their pre-season campaign in fine style with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Manchester City in Helsinki. Theo Walcott scored the first in the opening stages before providing assists for Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud to end the argument with a double strike around the hour-mark.
Although Alvaro Negredo would fire a consolation for Manchester City with ten minutes remaining, Arsenal deservedly held on as they had shown the greater invention in front of a capacity crowd at the Olympic Stadium.
With just a week to go until the big kick-off, this was a proper test of Arsène Wenger’s side and they came through with merit. They were organised and resilient against a Manchester City side who created pressure but relatively few chances.
Roll on next Saturday.
The gunner’s pre-season started with the Asia Tour where they played four games against Indonesia XI, Veitnam XI, Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Reds, winning all four with the first two being a goals harvest. Oliver Giroud was clinical in scoring, Thomas Rosicky was younger than ever and Zelalem was superb in passes. Under the heat of Asia, the gunners worked out.
The pre-season continued with the Emirates cup where the gunners came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Napoli. Napoli had former Liverpool coach, Benitez and had snapped Higuain from Arsenal’s nose. The gunners ended the Emirates cup with a 2-1 loss to a Didier Drogba led Galatasary.
A week later, we were in Helsinki to play Manchester City, the strongest opposition of our pre-season. City came second in the 2012/2013 EPL season and Pellegrini had boasted that they are now the strongest side in the League. the Gunners did proved pellegrini wong with that victory.
So the Pre-season has ended. we played 7 matches, won 5, drew 1 and lost 1. we scored 25 goals and conceded 8. I hope we start the season on a good note and finish the season as the best team. we may need some signings of which Wenger seems to be working on. This is what he had to say:
I think what is important is the strength of the squad. Today is one game. We want to play 55 games and we are maybe a bit thin squad-wise to go through a whole season.
While we wait for the arrival of the unknowns, be it Suarez, Gustavo, Jadinho, Perez, Ceaser or even Nwankwo Kanu, our main focus should shift on the home again against Aston Villa and the XChampions League playoff against Fenerbache.
Now let’s leave the gunners to have a closed camp to surge into the season proper.