Arsenal boss happy with Young Guns

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Arsenal began their preparations for the new season with a comfortable win over a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.

Aaron Ramsey converted an early penalty after Jack Wilshere was felled, before Theo Walcott's cushioned chip doubled the Gunners' lead prior to the break.

Arsene Wenger's side cruised in the sweltering heat in the second half with Carlos Vela's delightful finish and Tomas Rosicky's header capping off a thorough performance in the club's first game of their Asia Tour.

Returning defender Thomas Vermaelen captained the side in the absence of Cesc Fabregas, while Samir Nasri also turned out for The Gunners despite rumours over his future at the club.

Carl Jenkinson made his debut for Arsenal following his move from Charlton Athletic at right-back, while Japanese starlet Ryo Miyaichi also figured.

Keen to hit the ground running in their preparations for the new campaign, Arsenal hit the front inside five minutes, as Wilshere's marauding run drew a foul from Mohd Aidil Zafuan, which allowed Ramsey to stoke home from the penalty spot.

Walcott almost doubled the lead minutes later after being played in by Ramsey, the architect in the visitors' midfield, but scooped the ball over the bar.

However, when the duo combined eight minutes before the interval, the England winger found his range, lifting the ball beyond goalkeeper Mohd Nasril Mat Nourdin.

Despite eight changes being made by Wenger at the break, Arsenal's ability to prize open the Malaysian defence failed to wilt, and Vela was soon on hand to take advantage, chipping the helpless Mohd Nasril Mat Nourdin.


The Mexican could have claimed a double, following Nasri's dazzling run, but the ball was cleared off the line to safety.

It wasn't until the final minute that Arsenal got their fourth, when Andrey Arshavin's cross fell kindly for Rosicky to nod home to cap a comprehensive victory for Wenger's side.

On the performances of Jenkinson and Miyaichi, Wenger said: "Jenkinson has shown power and good decision-making.

"Ryo Miyaichi has shown as well good qualities, he is always available, always keen to take people on, he works very hard. Both of them have shown interesting qualities."

The Arsenal boss was also quick to praise the contribution of Samir Nasri, amid speculation he could leave the club.

"He has always had a very good attitude," Wenger added.

"We are a big club with many good young players so we are confronted with many rumours and speculation.

"But it doesn't affect much what's happening inside the Club. We have to live with that and you could see when he [Samir] played that he wasn't disturbed by that."

The club continue their Asia tour when they leave for China on Thursday.

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