Emirates Cup 2015: Theo Walcott strike helps Arsenal clinch their fourth Emirates Cup title
Arsenal clinch their fourth Emirates after 3 seasons thanks to a solitary goal from Theo Walcott. The English attacker scored the only goal of the match in the 50th minute from Reine Adelaide’s through ball. Walcott completed a fantastic finish to seal the fate of the match.
Arseal came into the match with a great confidence after they had won their previous encounter 6-0 against Olympique Lyonnais yesterday. The Gunners needed just a draw to win the title as Villarreal had scored just 2 goals in their win against Lyon earlier today.
Arsene Wenger fielded a decent and strong squad with Petr Cech making his debut at the Emirates Stadium. Olivier Giroud was replaced by Theo Walcott in the starting lineup as the front striker.
Wolfsburg fielded Nicklas Bendtner as the Danish international played his first match against former side Arsenal. The German side started the game brilliantly and dominated in every department. They had better possession and had the control of the game in their hand. Kevin De Bruyne had a free role to play which he utilised brilliantly and constantly imposed threat on the Arsenal midfield and defense.
The home side predominantly conentrated on defending and occassionally went up for counter-attacks. Theo Walcott got quite a few chances but the efforts were brilliantly kept at bay by the Wolfsburg custodian.
The first half ended on a stale mate as neither of the team could open the goal mouth.
Arsenal started the second half on a positive note and looked brighter in their approach. They attakced more and finally it yielded them their all important goal withing 5 minutes. 17-year-old midfielder Reine-Adelaide made a brilliant move from the midfield by dribbling past an opponent and provided a fantastic through ball towards Walcott. The Englishman did not make any mistake and clinically found the back of the net.
Wolfsburg slowly lost the grip from the game after conceding. Though Arsenal did not have the control over the game like last night, they did enough to maintain their lead till the end.
They have won both the pre-season trophies and are looking extremely good. They now have an uphill task of playing in the Community Shield game next Sunday against Chelsea FC. A mouth-watering clash is on the cards.
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