Teenage striker Chuba Akpom came off the bench to score the winner as Arsenal completed an unbeaten tour of Asia with a 2-1 win against Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds.Wholesale jerseys
Arsenal had taken the lead through Lukas Podolski, a half-time replacement for Olivier Giroud, before Japan international Yuki Abe scored the equaliser with a long-range effort. But Akpom sealed the victory for Arsenal eight minutes from time when he capitalised on a defensive blunder to score his fourth goal of a successful tour.
Arsenal could have won by more. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott both hit the woodwork in the first half and Giroud saw a lofted shot drop just wide of the post.
Nonetheless, manager Arsene Wenger was happy to have come through a tough test after beating Nagoya 3-1 and putting seven goals past both the Indonesian Dream Team and Vietnam.
“We wanted a competitive game and we were not disappointed,'' Wenger told the club’s official website. “The game was played at a good pace. They tried to catch us on the break, defended very well and were very sharp on counter attack so it was a good test for us.”Wholesale soccer jerseys
Podolski finished an intricate move to put Arsenal ahead, with Aaron Ramsey and Walcott combining to tee up the German to finish from close range.