Arsenal signed off from their tour of Asia with a narrow 2-1 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds, courtesy of goals from Lukas Podolski and Chuba Akpom.

The win ensured a 100 per cent winning start to the Gunners' pre-season preparations on a tour that saw them visit Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.

They started slowly against Urawa, however, both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck the frame of the goal in an opening half where neither keeper was beaten.

After scoring six goals in the opening three tour matches, it was surprising not to see Olivier Giroud on the scoresheet. But Podolski - who replaced the Frenchman at the interval - opened the scoring for Wenger's side after 49 minutes.

The former Bayern Munich striker had an instant impact, and neatly volleyed home Walcott's lay-off after some neat build-up play.

Nevertheless, the home side were level before the hour mark, as Yuki Abe found himself with space in the Arsenal area at a corner. The ball fell fortuitously for the Japanese International, who fired into the roof of the net to equalise.

Both teams had chances in the closing 30 minutes, but it was a young teenager who sealed victory for the London club late on.

Chuba Akpom rose from the bench with only a quarter of an hour to play. And just like Podolski, found himself on the scoresheet almost immediately.

The 17-year-old pressured Red Diamonds defender Mitsuru Nagata's feeble header back to Norihiro Yamagashi. The goalkeeper fumbled the ball, presenting the teenager with an open goal, with which to claim his fourth goal of the tour, and settle the result.

 

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