Another great run out saw us cruise to another emphatic victory in our Austrian tour. The opponents this time were Szombathelyi Haladas it was an energy filled evening over in Austria.
Szombathelyi Haladas 0-5 Arsenal
Bendtner 17, 43, Eduardo 24, 40, Van Persie 66 (pen)
Our starting line up was:
Eboue – Toure – Djourou – Traore
Wilshere – Song – Denilson – Ramsey
Bendtner – Eduardo
And personally I was very delighted to see Wilshere, Ramsey and especially Eduardo line up and they played very well too. Eduardo will be a big player for us this season, especially with the departure of Adebayor and his run out today showed that he still had the magic touch.
It was his strike partner that scored the first goal through a sublime header from a Traore cross, whose crossing was pretty accurate, I have to say. Bendtner played well throughout the game and his height and presence were signs of how he can be effective this season.
It was too long until Eduardo scored as we scored a low stinging drive from left to right. And five minutes before half time, the Crozilian scored a very intelligent free kick as he found a gap and found a path. It kind of feels like we haven’t scored a free kick in years, so pleasing to see one go in. I expect Eduardo to just get better and better, so if he continues in this vein, we’ll have some hell of a player come the start of the season.
Bendtner got his second with a very good finish from just outside the area and Robin Van Persie added a penalty to make it 5-0 – although his sixth was disallowed for offside.