Theo Walcott took just 37 minutes to get his season up and running against Malaysia XI to give him a welcome confidence boost ahead of the new Barclays Premier League campaign.
Walcott, who scored 13 times in 38 appearances last season, hopes that opening his account early will help him hit the ground running when the serious stuff starts next season.
“It's nice to get a goal but it is all about fitness at this stage and I feel great when I'm out there,” he said.
“It was nice to blow the cobwebs away in the first game and get a win. We wanted to defend well and getting a few goals is a bonus. Everyone feels very fit now and it was a good performance from the lads so bring on China.”
Fellow speedster Ryo Miyaichi joined Arsenal last summer and began training and playing with the club for the first time ahead of the club’s Asian tour.
The 18-year-old Japanese star spent last season on loan at Feyenoord after work permit difficulties, and he netted three times in 12 appearances for the Dutch club.
Miyaichi said that he’s eager to learn from his new teammates, despite him still coming to grips with English. He was also quick to point out how comfortable he’s felt under Arsene Wenger, who spent time managing in Japan.
“Arsenal play in one of the top leagues in the world,” Miyaichi commented. “Everybody has great skills here. I feel that I can learn from everyone. I am just enjoying the chance to practice and to learn.
“Everyone is welcoming and warm. They are trying to speak to me but my English is not at the good level yet. However I am trying to speak to them in English if possible.
“Arsene was with Grampus Eight so the Nagoya people know he is a great manager. I am from near Nagoya so I feel close [to the club] and Arsenal coach Boro Primorac used to live quite near to my home.”
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