Friday 28 October 2016

Wenger impressed as Gunners stick it to Toffees

A full-strength Arsenal added another piece of silverware to their recent FA Cup success by beating Everton 3-1 in the final of the Premier League's Asia Trophy on Saturday.

Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil scored the goals in a strong display that left manager Arsene Wenger pleasantly surprised by his team's free-flowing, attacking play.

"I'm pleased with the performance. For long periods we played in a very convincing way and the way we want to play, together, good team play and everybody shared the same vision," the Frenchman told reporters.

"Little bit (surprised) because yesterday we had quite a good strong session and I found the players a bit tired but they were quite sharp today."

Walcott struck the opener in the 22nd minute, lashing home after a neat lofted ball from the impressive Cazorla, who added a second in the 55th after some trademark quick feet and a low finish past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles.

Arsenal, who beat a Singapore Select XI 4-0 on Wednesday with a youthful lineup, then turned the screws with Cazorla orchestrating a third for Ozil four minutes later as Everton wilted in the hot and humid conditions at Singapore's National Stadium.

Everton's best spell came in the first half where they were unfortunate to be denied an equaliser four minutes before halftime when Arouna Kone's shot deflected off Gareth Barry and into the Arsenal net but was ruled out for offside.

New signing Cech produced a brilliant finger tip save from Steven Naismith but Ross Barkley beat him with an emphatic 75th minute consolation.

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