Arsenal impress with win over Manchester City

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Arsenal secured a morale-boosting pre-season victory against Manchester City as the Gunners triumphed 3-1 over Manuel Pellegrini's new-look side in Helsinki.

The north London club, desperately striving to make reinforcements before the transfer deadline, were without their only summer signing - Yaya Sanogo - while City were able to give valuable game time to all four of their multi-million transfer window acquisitions.

Arsenal, however, were not deterred by Manchester City's remodeled outfit, and took the lead courtesy of Theo Walcott inside the opening 10 minutes.

Walcott's want to play as a central striker will be severely dented should the club sign top target Luis Suarez, but the England international provided Arsene Wenger with food for thought when he dinked over Joe Hart having moved inside Gael Clichy.

The second goal of the encounter, once again for Arsenal, saw Walcott play a prominent role as he combined swiftly with Aaron Ramsey on the edge of the Manchester City box, before the Welshman rounded the advancing Hart to slide into an empty net.

Four minutes later - just after the hour mark - and Arsenal had a third through another forward under pressure to prove his consistency, Olivier Giroud, who finished well over Hart after Vincent Kompany had be undone by a speculative ball over the Manchester City backline.

Alvaro Negredo, a high-profile signing for City from Sevilla this summer, found a consolation 10 minutes before the end, but it was too little too late for Pellegrini's side, who were thoroughly outclassed.

Although little can be read into pre-season friendlies, Arsenal have reason to be optimistic seven days ahead of the new Premier League season and, on this evidence, can count themselves a real force should Suarez complete his protracted move to the Emirates Stadium.

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