Arsenal 7-1 Vietnam: Report

Robertus Pudyanto

Arsenal beat Vietnam 7-1.

First half:

Szczesny; Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta; Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Gnabry, Giroud, Podolski

Second half:

Szczesny (Martinez); Jenkinson (Olsson), Sagna (Aneke), Mertesacker, Miquel; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Wilshere), Ramsey; Walcott, Zelalem, Miyaichi (Eisfeld); Akpom

Arsenal again scored 7 goals against a South Asian national team, as they beat Vietnam 7-1. Vietnam offered more opposition than Indonesia, and looked alright in possession, but didn't do much to challenge the makeshift backline of Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny. Although Arsenal were somewhat sloppy in possession and looked leggy (which can be expected given it's a) preseason and b) it's really hot and humid in Hanoi), they still created quite a lot of chances, and the goals flowed.

Olivier Giroud scored a hattrick, with the first coming slightly against the run of play. His diagonal run was found by a lofted pass from Tomas Rosicky, and his powerful shot couldn't be saved by the Vietnamese goalkeeper, despite the best efforts of his elbow. Giroud could've got a second goal later, after Lukas Podolski was played through by a superb Serge Gnabry through ball. Podolski took the ball around the keeper, but, forced to shoot on his right foot, he slipped the ball across the box where he thought Giroud would be. The French striker, though, didn't anticipate doing that. Communication!

Vietnam are ranked 145th in the world for a reason, and that reason is probably that they're not good at defending. Giroud's second goal came after Jenkinson's cross was poorly cleared to the edge of the area. Giroud hit his shot first time, curing it into the top left corner; despite the opposition, it was a really good finish. His third came 2 minutes later, on the stroke of half time. Again, Giroud made an excellent run behind the centre backs, and met Oxlade-Chamberlain's excellent through ball, before again, taking his shot the first time, and chipping it over the advancing keeper.

Despite a plethora of changes at half time, Arsenal scored almost right away. Aaron Ramsey's long pass was met by Theo Walcott, who laid the ball off for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who curled his shot over the keeper to make it 4-0. Chuba Akpom made it 5 when he played a one-two with Ignasi Miquel and then passed the ball into the bottom right corner, and then a minute later, made it 6 when he tapped in Oxlade-Chamberlain's cut back. The main player of that goal, though, was Gedion Zelalem, who played a fantastic no-look through ball for Oxlade-Chamberlain, taking out the entire Vietnamese back line. Zelalem was really impressive, not only with his passing, but his game intelligence, a trait quite rate for 16-year olds.

Miquel, assister of the 5th goal, got the 7th after a one-two with Thomas Eisfeld, but Vietnam pulled a goal back, with Dung sneaking in behind the midfield and mishitting his shot over Martinez, which isn't that surprising when two more attack minded midfielders, Chuks Aneke and Kris Olsson, are playing centre back and right back. He took his shirt off in celebration, and was booked. Vietnam finished the match with an outfield player in goal after their keeper was sent off for handling outside of the box and with Jack Wilshere through on goal.

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