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Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City: quick recap

Arsenal won the final preseason game of the year against Manchester City, and looked pretty good doing it.

Mike Hewitt

Arsenal played well on both sides of the pitch and defeated Actual Premier League Team Manchester City 3-1 in Helsinki, in the final friendly of the preseason. It was a game made up mostly of bright spots with not a lot to complain about, and looked to be almost as good a final tune-up as one could ask for.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the 9th minute, taking a smooth diagonal through ball from Aaron Ramsey as he cut in from the right, and beating Joe Hart easily. It was a vintage Theo goal, and good play from Ramsey as well. The Welshman would contribute again in the second half - in the 59th minute, he played a 1-2 that led to a through ball behind the defense, and was able to round Hart and finish easily. Ramsey was probably the star of the show, and with a goal and an assist he'll be the star of the stat sheet as well. Two minutes later Arsenal were in again, with Walcott bombing a long ball to Olivier Giroud, who got past Vincent Kompany and lobbed poor Joe Hart for the third. It was 3-0, and the game was basically done.

Alvaro Negredo got a goal with ten minutes left, but it wouldn't be much consolation to City. They'd been outplayed, and Arsenal was running out youth players and trialists as substitutes. It was really a good way to end a contentious preseason for Arsenal fans, and now we have a week to get ready for The Real Thing.