Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win against Malaysia XI. The first goal came from the spot, with Ramsey stroking the penalty home, although he may not have been the man we expected to see take the set piece.
Miyaichi and Walcott used their pace to pin back the opposition full backs. Jenkinson was powerful in his debut, standing tall in the face of a very fast winger for the Malaysian side.
Just before the break, Ramsey sent a splendid ball over the defence, which Walcott ran onto. The Englishman lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper to give Arsenal a two goal cushion in the raging heat of Kuala Lumpur.
Only Ramsey, Jenkinson and Miyaichi stayed on the pitch after the half time break, as Mannone, Frimpong and Vela, among others, came on.
The big guns (Nasri, RvP, Sagna and Arshavin) were subbed on after 66 minutes, but Denilson, who had only been on the pitch for 20 minutes, was taken off. The Brazilian, who has announced his desire to leave the club, reportedly stormed down the tunnel. Whether he was as angry as some fans are saying is uncertain, but such attitude seems unsavoury at first. To be fair, most players would have been annoyed at being a substituted substitute!
The third goal was scored by Vela, as he chipped the ball over the keeper with superb skill. The king of lobs is at it again and he was far more effective than the player he came on for (Marouane Chamakh, who still looked off the pace).
The final flourish was created by Arshavin, who beat the full back before lifting the ball over the defence, which allowed the on-running Rosicky to head home.
Their were plenty of positives – Jenkinson and Miyaichi had great debuts. Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Vermaelen and Koscielny looked sharp. There was plenty of confidence and we won the game comfortably. Denilson looks to be off, which is undoubtedly a good thing.
However, we continued to play a high line. Chamakh lacked sharpness and both full backs struggled in terms of positioning, although they recovered well.