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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Giroud scores hat-trick as Arsenal beat Vietnam

All the talk this summer so far has been about strikers outside of the club who may well be joining Arsenal. However our attention has now turned towards one already here, Olivier Giroud. Wednesday's comprehensive 7-1 victory over Vietnam saw Giroud score a first half hat-trick to take him to 5 goals in less that 90 minutes of football on the Asia Tour. So, the question is, do we now need another striker? In my opinion, yes we do. We still need that top striker who is proven. Giroud is looking in fine form and I think he'll flourish next season. With someone also providing competition with him it'll only strive him to do better.
Giroud scored a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal thrashed Vietnam
Onto the game and the first 3 goals came in the first half all thanks to Olivier Giroud. His first was supplied by Rosicky and then the Frenchman found the far corner via the keeper. His second was a brilliant curling finish from the edge of the box and his third was a little dink over the goalkeeper moments before half time.

The second half saw lots of changes and one of them made a huge impact. Chuba Akpom came on and scored his second and third goals of the tour to make it 5 and 6 before Oxlade-Chamberlain had made it 4-0 with a brilliant looping effort. Our final goal came from an unlikely source as Ignasi Miquel combined passes with Eisfeld before sliding home. There was a goal for Vietnam though. It was quite unfortunate on young goalkeeper Damian Martinez but it sparked wild celebrations from the Vietnamese Crowd.

The youngsters were impressive again. Serge Gnabry was brilliant down the right hand side and is showing why he should be apart of the first team this season. Akpom showed prowess in front of goal as I've mentioned. Gedion Zelalem also showed glimpses of his great talent. He played a brilliant ball through to Oxlade-Chamberlain which eventually led to Akpom's second of the match. However the need to work on the young midfielders physical aspect of his game is evident. Ryo Miyaichi played 20 odd minutes in the second half, and although he didn't have much affect on play it was an important game for him having had a troublesome loan spell at Wigan in 2012/13. Chuks Aneke once more played at centre back, a new role for him having played in a more attacking role during his successful loan spell at Crewe. He scored during last summer's tour and looked impressive so hopefully he'll get his chance further forward in the remaining two games of the tour.

We will now travel to Japan to play two games, one against Nagoya Grampus and another against Urawa Red Diamonds.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Podolski, Giroud.
Subs Used: Martinez, Miquel, Mertesacker, Aneke, Wilshere, Eisfeld, Zelalem, Olsson, Ryo, Ramsey, Akpom, Walcott. 
Unused Subs: Fabianski. 

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