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Arsenal breeze past Vietnam in 7-1 victory

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Giroud scored a first half hat-trick. (©GettyImages)
Giroud scored a first half hat-trick. (©GettyImages).

It was a heavily fancied Arsenal squad who came out triumphant on Wednesday afternoon in Hanoi, beating Vietnam 7-1 away.

It only took Olivier Giroud five minutes to get the Gunners underway after scoring with his first touch of the game, the shot being too powerful for the keeper to handle, and flying in off him. 

However, after plenty of posession from then on, it wasn't until two minutes before half time when they bagged a second, again, the goal coming from Giroud. A poor clearance from a Carl Jenkinson cross meant that the Frenchman could latch onto the follow up and slot it into the net.

He then completed his hat-trick merely seconds before half time when he lobbed the keeper from a through ball to make it 3-0 going into the break. 

The boys from London made many changes at half-time, yet it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who had started the match, to make it 4-0 in the 46th minute. The youngster curled the ball into the goal with a fine shot from outside the box.

Chuba Akpom proved his potential to Arsene Wenger when he fired two goals in quick succession in the 56th and then the 58th minute. His first coming from an Aaron Ramsay through-ball and the second for him to simply tap into the net.

Ignasi Miquel decided he wanted a piece of the action too when he fired in a low shot into the corner of the goal on 75 minutes, making it 7-0 to Arsenal.

However, Vietnamese fans could leave the stadium with a bit of consolation when Tran Manh Dung luckily lobbed substitute keeper Damain Martinez in the 78th minute.

Another twist then occurred when the Vietnamese keeper was shown red after stopping a goal scoring opportunity with his hands way outside his box. However, Wenger's men couldn't take advantage of this and settled for only 14 goals in their two games on the Far East pre-season tour.


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