Monday July 22, 2013 Friendlies Finished

Nagoya Grampus 1 - 3 Arsenal

  • Giroud 3’
  • Miyaichi 26’ (pen.)
  • Walcott 55’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Nagoya Grampus
    • Arsenal
    • - Thanks for joining us today - we've got more pre-season action from Japan tomorrow, when Yokohama F Marinos take on Manchester United at 11:20 UK time.
    • 90+1' Well, that's the end of that. A comfortable win for Arsenal, who look in good shape despite their lack of new signings.
    • 89' Another high ball comes into the box for Jakimovski, who cannot make meaningful contact with his header.
    • 87' Ryota Isomura dribbles through the middle as Arsenal back off - they're letting him shoot, and when he does let fly it's a huge letdown, dribbling slowly through to the keeper.
    • 86' It's been an impressive pre-season from Arsenal. But isn't it always this time of year that Gooners purr about the next generation of young players before the reality of competitive football kicks in?
    • 84' Crossed low into the Arsenal box, and stabbed clear by Mertesacker.
    • 82' Ignasi Miquel sprints down the left to keep a ball in, but he just recycles it and Arsenal build another technically impressive but largely tedious string of passes.
    • 79' Arsenal are treating this like a training exercise, which in fairness it is. They appear to be keen on discovering just how many passes they can complete in the opposition half without really worrying about where the goal is.
    • 77' Arsenal try to walk it in, and very nearly manage it as Akpom races into the box, lifts the ball over the keeper and watches it drop just wide!
    • 76' Suddenly Grampus have a bit of spring in their step as they push for a second...
    • 74' Nagoya Grampus: Isomura comes on for Danilson.
    • 72' You can't really say they deserved it, but Grampus have a goal. And the fans enjoyed that - as did the coach Dragan Stojkovic.
    • 71' GOAL! And right on cue, the home team pull one back! Kisho Yano rises high and powers a header that Fabianski gets a hand to but cannot keep out!
    • 69' Nagoya have offered very little so far... they look very much like a team in the middle of a domestic campaign.
    • 68' Arsenal: Akpom comes on for Theo Walcott, who as had a mixed night. But, honestly, when doesn't he?
    • 66' Another chance for Walcott, who tries to lift the ball over the keeper from close range but this time Narazaki stays tall and makes the save.
    • 64' Quite literally exhibition stuff from Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey has been unobtrusively impressive.
    • 62' Good save Fabianski to come out and smother Tanaka's cross from the right.
    • 62' A rare Grampus attack grinds disappointly to a halt thanks to an entirely avoidable offside.
    • 59' Arsenal change: Ignasi Miquel on for Kieran Gibbs.
    • 59' The hosts are carved open again as Wilshere finds himself in space on the box, but once again the keeper repels the shot to keep the scoreline somewhat respectable.
    • 57' Arsenal really enjoying themselves tonight, although you have to say it's been a pretty lacklustre effort from the home side.
    • 55' GOAL! Zelalem finds Walcott with a super through ball, and this time he lifts the ball coolly over the goalkeeper with a left-footed chip!
    • 55' Gnabry weaves inside from the left and gets into shooting position, but whips his shot just wide! Good play, though.
    • 54' Those half-time changes for Arsenal - ON: Zelalem, Podolski, Gnabry, Wilshere; OFF: Miyaichi, Giroud, Rosicky, Arteta.
    • 53' Wilshere sends Walcott through with a superb pass... the winger controls it and his shot is well saved! Corner.
    • 52' Walcott sprints past his man and has three unmarked players to aim at in the box... but he picks out the only Grampus player! Wasted!
    • 51' Jenkinson jinks down the Arsenal right before Ishibitsu manages to dispossess him.
    • 50' A mix-up between Fabianski and Mertesacker allows Kennedy to get to the through ball first, but he's off-balance and puts the ball over!
    • 49' Not far away from Josh Kennedy, who meets the corner with a glancing header but it's wide from the towering striker.
    • 48' Corner for Grampus as Jenkinson deflects Danilson's cross behind.
    • 47' Oh, chance for Arsenal as two half-time subs combine - Podolski should shoot but doesn't, teeing up Serge Gnabry instead, and he slices his shot miles wide.
    • 46' Game on! Arsenal kick off the second half, playing from right to left as we see it.
    • 45' No stoppage time, and that's half-time. Arsenal playing well and in total command here.
    • 44' Tulio Tanaka is down injured after a coming-together with the much smaller Miyaichi. He should be OK...
    • 43' What a miss by Yoshizumi Ogawa!! Mertesacker misses a through ball and the Grampus number 10 is clean through... but he totally scuffs his shot! Woeful...
    • 41' The ball might as well be attached to the centre circle via a magnet, so firmly entrenched in the middle third.
    • 39' Another long spell of Arsenal possession inside the Grampus half...
    • 37' Wasteful again from Grampus as Danilson smashes a 30-yarder high over the bar.
    • 36' A rare attack from Grampus sees Jungo Fujimoto shoot on the turn and slice his shot way over the bar.
    • 35' Walcott weaves his way inside from the right flank and tries a shot left-footed.. saved by Narazaki!
    • 34' A breaking story: L'Equipe claims that Arsenal are on the brink of signing Brazil winger Bernard from Atletico Mineiro.
    • 32' Tulio Tanaka, who conceded the penalty, is well forward and tries an overhead kick but the ball is nicked away before getting to the defender - who is then hopelessly out of position when Arsenal break. Luckily for Tanaka, Walcott makes a mess of things.
    • 30' Arsenal came into this off the back of massive wins, 7-0 over an Indonesia XI and 7-1 over Vietnam. This probably won't get to that level, but it's pretty easy so far...
    • 28' This is all too easy for Arsenal - on paper it looked like their toughest pre-season game, but the Gunners are strolling this.
    • 26' GOAL! Miyaichi delights the local fans by smashing a right-footed penalty into the left corner! It's an emphatic strike from the youngster, no chance for the keeper.
    • 25' PENALTY ARSENAL! The ref spots a handball by Tulio Tanaka in the box and points to the spot. Miyacihi to take it!
    • 23' Arsenal are very happy to stroke the ball around without a great deal of attacking impetus. When they do get it forward, there's a flag up against Giroud in the inside-left position.
    • 21' Miyaichi gets on the ball again.. he's been bright so far, and will be hoping to break into the Arsenal side this year after an injury-blighted 2012/13 season.
    • 19' Kennedy bundles the ball past Mertesacker but Sagna steams in to make a timely clearance.
    • 18' And here's our British paper review, with the Gunners still hoping to sign Gonzalo Higuain.
    • 17' During a lull in proceedings, why not check out our video review of the European papers.
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    • 15' Roskicky tries a long shot, but is way off target. Much expected of him this season after a strong finish to the last campaign.
    • 14' Giroud tries to turn creator now with a lofted pass into the box, but it's cut out.
    • 12' The TV director treats us to a lingering shot of a slightly pained-looking Arsene Wenger in the dugout.
    • 11' Arsenal play the ball around under no real pressure - Grampus are in the middle of a J-League season, so they'll not go mad today.
    • 9' Danilson lets fly from 25 yards - it's heading wide, but it hits another Grampus player and the offside flag goes up.
    • 7' Miyaichi! Gibbs's cross ricochets into the winger's path, but he volleys just wide of the far post. More good football from Arsenal.
    • 6' Sagna is well positioned and makes a decent defensive header to clear from a diagonal through ball.
    • 5' Giroud gets another shot away from the corner, but this one is blocked.
    • 4' Arsenal are running riot here, and a Walcott dribble draws excited cheers from the crowd. Walcott, predictably, heads down a blind alley.
    • 3' GOAL! What a pre-season Olivier Giroud is having! He steals into the six yard box to convert an fine cross from the right by Tomas Rosicky. A flying start for the Gunners.
    • 2' Slow start, but there's a good atmosphere in the 45,000-capacity Toyota Stadium.
    • 1' Game on! Grampus, in black and red shirts, kick us off. Arsenal are also in red, but there's no real clash.
    • 11:30 Arsenal, who include Japanese starlet Ryo Miyaichi, take the plaudits of the home fans.
    • 11:25 Nagoya Grampus are now managed by Yugoslav legend Dragan Stojkovic - they feature a player called Danilson and Australian international striker Josh Kennedy.
    • 11:20 The Arsenal team: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Rosicky, Arteta, Ramsey, Ryo, Giroud, Walcott... Subs: Martinez, Miquel, Wilshere, Olsson, Aneke, Gnabry, Eisfeld, Zelalem, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom.
    • - Welcome to LIVE coverage of Arsenal's pre-season friendly against Nagoya Grampus in Japan!
  • Summary

    • 77' Arsenal try to walk it in, and very nearly manage it as Akpom races into the box, lifts the ball over the keeper and watches it drop just wide!
    • 71' GOAL! And right on cue, the home team pull one back! Kisho Yano rises high and powers a header that Fabianski gets a hand to but cannot keep out!
    • 66' Another chance for Walcott, who tries to lift the ball over the keeper from close range but this time Narazaki stays tall and makes the save.
    • 59' The hosts are carved open again as Wilshere finds himself in space on the box, but once again the keeper repels the shot to keep the scoreline somewhat respectable.
    • 55' GOAL! Zelalem finds Walcott with a super through ball, and this time he lifts the ball coolly over the goalkeeper with a left-footed chip!
    • 53' Wilshere sends Walcott through with a superb pass... the winger controls it and his shot is well saved! Corner.
    • 52' Walcott sprints past his man and has three unmarked players to aim at in the box... but he picks out the only Grampus player! Wasted!
    • 50' A mix-up between Fabianski and Mertesacker allows Kennedy to get to the through ball first, but he's off-balance and puts the ball over!
    • 49' Not far away from Josh Kennedy, who meets the corner with a glancing header but it's wide from the towering striker.
    • 47' Oh, chance for Arsenal as two half-time subs combine - Podolski should shoot but doesn't, teeing up Serge Gnabry instead, and he slices his shot miles wide.
    • 43' What a miss by Yoshizumi Ogawa!! Mertesacker misses a through ball and the Grampus number 10 is clean through... but he totally scuffs his shot! Woeful...
    • 35' Walcott weaves his way inside from the right flank and tries a shot left-footed.. saved by Narazaki!
    • 26' GOAL! Miyaichi delights the local fans by smashing a right-footed penalty into the left corner! It's an emphatic strike from the youngster, no chance for the keeper.
    • 25' PENALTY ARSENAL! The ref spots a handball by Tulio Tanaka in the box and points to the spot. Miyacihi to take it!
    • 7' Miyaichi! Gibbs's cross ricochets into the winger's path, but he volleys just wide of the far post. More good football from Arsenal.
    • 3' GOAL! What a pre-season Olivier Giroud is having! He steals into the six yard box to convert an fine cross from the right by Tomas Rosicky. A flying start for the Gunners.
    • 11:20 The Arsenal team: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Rosicky, Arteta, Ramsey, Ryo, Giroud, Walcott... Subs: Martinez, Miquel, Wilshere, Olsson, Aneke, Gnabry, Eisfeld, Zelalem, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom.

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