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Boreham Wood 0-2 Arsenal: friendly match report

Hey, we won!

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Jordan Mansfield

0-1 Kristoffer Olsson 68'
0-2 Benik Afobe 86' (P)

Arsenal played reasonably well in their first preseason friendly of the 2014-15 season, showing Boreham Wood off the pitch without too much fuss. The first goal was a long time coming, but really Arsenal had all the ball and (nearly) all the chances.

The Gunners could have had several goals in the first half, if not for a little rust and one unlucky finish. Aaron Ramsey worked well outside the opponents' box, and he had one shot that dribbled just wide of goal. Yaya Sanogo played relatively well under heavy pressure from the Boreham Wood defense, but was unable to get more than a few weak shots. The closest miss came from Jon Toral, who had a nearly-well-placed shot just glance off the far post, and out of bounds before Ramsey could get a touch.

At the half the team was flipped entirely, and the second half Arsenal XI increased the pressure. Both Abou Diaby and Chuba Akpom nearly scored with long-range efforts, Akpom going close on two separate occasions. The Arsenal goal finally came after just over an hour, when Tomas Rosicky played a brilliant pass to Olsson as he made a run into the box, and the young Swede finished well with a first time chip past the goalkeeper. About fifteen minutes later Akpom helped earn a penalty with a bit of skill and a cross in the box, which led to Afobe being shoved out of the air for a foul, and penalty. Afobe took it well himself, and that was that.

Two goals scored, none conceded, good (if rusty) play, intriguing action from some youngsters, the kit looked good, and nobody got hurt. All in all, that's a very successful first friendly of the preseason.