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New York Red Bulls 1 - 0 Arsenal

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  1. Friendly match - Henry's Red Bulls narrowly beat Arsenal

    Friendly match - Henry's Red Bulls narrowly beat Arsenal

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry played a major part as the New York Red Bulls overcame the Gunners in a 1-0 win at a packed Red Bull Arena. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • New York Red Bulls
    • Arsenal
    • - FULL-TIME! The Red Bulls are the winners here today with a well earned 1-0 victory. Well done!
    • 90' Olsson's free-kick blazes over the bar... that just sums up Arsenal's day.
    • 88' Akpom wins Arsenal a free-kick in a very dangerous position with Kimura branded a yellow card, is this the moment?
    • 86' Time is running out for the Gunners to salvage anything from this match.
    • 84' Today's attendance is 25,219 and no doubt the visiting fans from England will be impressed with what the MLS side have offered today.
    • 83' Two more subs for the Red Bulls: Lade and Meara come on for Sam and Robles.
    • 82' And down at the other end Red Bulls should have doubled their lead as Akpan meets a wonderful cross but gets his header all wrong as his effort flies over the bar. Still 1-0 to the Red Bulls.
    • 80' FANTASTIC SAVE! Akpom finds himself behind the Red Bulls defence with just the 'keeper to beat but Robles makes himself really big and saves brilliantly. Best chance for the Gunners.
    • 78' And that's Duvall's last action as he is replaced by Kimura. Red Bulls are in the middle of their domestic season and will want to keep their players fresh. They'll be pleased to go through today's match with no injuries so far.
    • 76' Duvall charges up the field from defence and takes a shot on goal that goes just wide.
    • 75'
    • 73' Arsenal have little over 15 minutes to try to salvage something here. It's not looking too likely at present.
    • 71' Still 1-0 to the Red Bulls.
    • 69' DOUBLE CHANGE: Olsson and Toral are the final two subs Wenger will make today, replacing Rosicky and Cazorla.
    • 67' Coquelin picks the ball up in the centre of midfield around 30 yards from goal and despite having team-mates well positioned right and left to him, he decides to shoot but the effort is tame. The Gunners haven't looked like scoring today.
    • 65' Duvall almost makes it two! The defender climbed high to reach the ball and his looping header almost goes over the 'keeper's head but just goes wide. Strangely, the referee has signalled for a corner.
    • 63' The camera focuses on former Liverpool and Aston Villa boss, Gerard Houllier, who is employed as global soccer director for Red Bull’s portfolio of clubs - which includes RB Salzburg, as well as New York Red Bulls and teams in Ghana and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    • 61' Cahill has had a relatively quiet match for his usual standards and he is replaced by Bustamante. Sekagya also makes way for Miazga.
    • 59' It's been a pretty uneventful start to the second-half. Arsenal have had the majority of possession but few chances of note.
    • 58'
    • 56' Arsenal are still trailing by a goal to nil.
    • 54' GOAL CHALKED OFF: Diaby gets on the scoresheet but the goal is correctly ruled out for offside.
    • 52' Good-bye Henry: Just about every spectator applauds the Frenchman as he is finally replaced by fellow countryman Luyindula.
    • 50' Henry waves to the bench but it's unclear whether he is signalling to come off or is pleading to stay on the pitch!
    • 49' The Red Bulls have been very impressive throughout this match. With the USA doing so well in the World Cup, 'soccer' is certainly growing in this country and the standard of football is undoubtedly much better than it has been in previous years.
    • 48' Cazorla has just gone very close for Arsenal, forcing the goalkeeper to save with his feet after a powerful angled effort.
    • 48' Here's the Arsenal line-up in the second-half, seven changes have been made. Martinez, Bellerin, Monreal, Miquel, Gibbs, Coquelin, Flamini, Diaby, Cazorla, Rosicky, Akpom
    • 47' Armando replaces Olave, Alexander comes on in place of Miller. and goalscorer Wright-Philips makes way for Akpan.
    • 46' Several changes have been made at half-time. Details coming right up. In the meantime, the second-half is underway.
    • - One minute of injury-time is played before the referee blows his whistle for half-time.
    • 45' This may be a friendly but the latest tackle by Cahill on Wilshere was anything but friendly. It was late and nasty but no yellow card.
    • 44' An outrageous flick from Ramsey nearly finds Wilshere. Arsenal still trail by a goal to nil.
    • 42' Good work from Wilshere wins Arsenal a free-kick but Cazorla's set-piece is blasted straight into the wall.
    • 40' Down at the other end, Arsenal nearly equalise! Wilshere collects the ball on the edge of the box after Cazorla's free-kick was cleared but Cahill made a good block with his head.
    • 39' Henry breezes past his man before playing in Oyongo but Szczesny does well to tip the ball over the bar.
    • 37' CHANCE! Wilshere finds himself in a great position with just the goalkeeper to beat, but he misfires his shot and the goalkeeper does well to make a save! Should have scored however. Still 1-0 to the Red Bulls.
    • 35' Wenger won't be impressed with his side's performance in the opening 35 minutes. This may not be his first choice starting XI but he would definitely have expected better than what he's endured so far.
    • 33' Sekagya was left unmarked at the back post, he won the header from Henry's cross and Wright-Philips done what a poacher does best! A great start for the Red Bulls who probably deserve their lead.
    • 32' GOAAAAAL! New York Red Bulls 1-0 Arsenal! And Wright Philips has given the hosts the lead with a tap-in following an Henry corner!
    • 29' The Red Bulls keep possession for a couple of minutes but Arsenal withheld the pressure before Ramsey made a great tackle, accelerated into space before playing Cazorla in on the wing but, in a 3 vs 3 situation, the Spaniard played a poor pass and the chance is gone.
    • 27'
    • 25' Good footwork from Miller enables him space on the edge of the area, he tries to play a square ball to Cahill but the pass is intercepted. Still 0-0.
    • 24' Ramsey is flagged offside just as he received the ball with the goal at his mercy.
    • 23' It's quite surreal how many Arsenal fans are in attendance today. It probably feels like an away game for the home side.
    • 21' The previous 10 minutes haven't been anywhere near as exciting as the opening 10 minutes. We're still goalless.
    • 19' Ramsey does well to win the ball deep in the Red Bulls' half, he plays a one-two with Rosicky before beating a man and screwing the ball wide of the target.
    • 17' Arsenal are keeping possession neatly in midfield currently with Ramsey getting plenty of touches.
    • 16' Fans are still arriving here. They've missed three great opportunites inside the first ten minutes but no goals, as of yet.
    • 14' Two biting challenges from @JackWilshere in quick succession, the second of which is penalised. It's still 0-0 here.
    • 13'
    • 11' We have a brief pause in play as Arteta falls holding his face after a clash with Sekagya. Fortunately, he is OK.
    • 9' INCHES WIDE! Henry finds Wright-Philips with a defence splitting pass, the Englishman latches onto the ball but somehow fires wide of the goal, What an open game we've had so far!
    • 7' CAZORLA! First real chance for the Gunners but the Spaniard shoots just wide of the net from close range.
    • 6' SO CLOSE! Henry breaks forward as he times his run perfectly to latch onto a through pass behind the Arsenal defence but with just the goallkeeper to beat, he sidefoots the ball only for Szczesny to make a good stop!
    • 5' Arsenal break forward on the left with Gibbs finding himself with plenty of space, he fizzes a ball towards the centre but the goalkeeper does well to palm away the danger.
    • 4' Oh, no! Henry blazes the ball hopelessly out of play. That's not we're used to from the Frenchman.
    • 3' The home side wins a free-kick on the edge of the area. And guess who will take it? Of course, Henry!
    • 2' An unrelated incident outside of the stadium grounds was the reason for the delay, resulting in a number of fans arriving late.
    • 1' And we're off! A packed and excited crowd is in place in New Jersey this evening/afternoon (depending where in the world you are) and we should be in for an entertaining match.
    • 22.05 We're just a little late for kick-off here. The players are doing their meeting and greeting and we're nearly ready to go.
    • 21.55 Wenger shared a joke with the media before the match, "I came here with only one striker because I hoped he (Henry) would play one half for us. He practices with us and is still very sharp and he came back here in very good shape." New York Red Bulls are the outsiders in this contest, despite sitting fourth in their domestic league after 20 league matches.
    • 21.50 We're only 10 mintues away from kick-off and you can get involved with tonight's coverage via Twitter @jdebnam11. What is your prediction? This reporter is going for a 1-2 victory for the Gunners.
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    • 21.45 Arsenal, playing their first match in the United States since 1989, are without a number of first-team players, including World Cup-winning trio Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker. Only Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla were involved in the World Cup and both start in midfield. All eyes will be on the 18-year-old German-American forward Gedion Zelalem who is given a rare opportunity to impress.
    • 21.40 Henry isn't the only name on the home side's team sheet which English football fans will recognise. His strike partner, Bradley Wright-Philips, has netted an impressive 17 goals in his 19 league matches this season while former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill features in midfield.
    • 21.35 NEW YORK RED BULLS: Robles, Duvall, Olave, Sekagya, Miller, Sam, Cahill, McCarty, Oyongo, Wright-Phillips, Henry. /// ARSENAL: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Hayden, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Zelalem, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky. Subs: Martinez, Miquel, Bellerin, Coquelin, Diaby, Olsson, Toral, Flamini, Akpom
    • 21.30 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE coverage of New York Red Bulls and Arsenal in an intriguing pre-season friendly which sees Gunners legend Thierry Henry taking on his former club.
  • Summary

    • 82' And down at the other end Red Bulls should have doubled their lead as Akpan meets a wonderful cross but gets his header all wrong as his effort flies over the bar. Still 1-0 to the Red Bulls.
    • 80' FANTASTIC SAVE! Akpom finds himself behind the Red Bulls defence with just the 'keeper to beat but Robles makes himself really big and saves brilliantly. Best chance for the Gunners.
    • 65' Duvall almost makes it two! The defender climbed high to reach the ball and his looping header almost goes over the 'keeper's head but just goes wide. Strangely, the referee has signalled for a corner.
    • 48' Cazorla has just gone very close for Arsenal, forcing the goalkeeper to save with his feet after a powerful angled effort.
    • 40' Down at the other end, Arsenal nearly equalise! Wilshere collects the ball on the edge of the box after Cazorla's free-kick was cleared but Cahill made a good block with his head.
    • 37' CHANCE! Wilshere finds himself in a great position with just the goalkeeper to beat, but he misfires his shot and the goalkeeper does well to make a save! Should have scored however. Still 1-0 to the Red Bulls.
    • 32' GOAAAAAL! New York Red Bulls 1-0 Arsenal! And Wright Philips has given the hosts the lead with a tap-in following an Henry corner!
    • 9' INCHES WIDE! Henry finds Wright-Philips with a defence splitting pass, the Englishman latches onto the ball but somehow fires wide of the goal, What an open game we've had so far!
    • 7' CAZORLA! First real chance for the Gunners but the Spaniard shoots just wide of the net from close range.
    • 6' SO CLOSE! Henry breaks forward as he times his run perfectly to latch onto a through pass behind the Arsenal defence but with just the goallkeeper to beat, he sidefoots the ball only for Szczesny to make a good stop!
    • 21.35 NEW YORK RED BULLS: Robles, Duvall, Olave, Sekagya, Miller, Sam, Cahill, McCarty, Oyongo, Wright-Phillips, Henry. /// ARSENAL: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Hayden, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Zelalem, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky. Subs: Martinez, Miquel, Bellerin, Coquelin, Diaby, Olsson, Toral, Flamini, Akpom

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