Arsenal 2, Urawa Red Diamond 1: Akpom’s Late Winner Earns Gunners Narrow Victory.

Arsene Wenger.
Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal secured a narrow 2-1 victory in the final match of their Asian tour, thanks to a Chuba Akpom’s dying minute goal against Urawa Red Diamonds.

In their toughest pre-season fixture so far, Jack Wilshere made his first start since undergoing ankle surgery in May, but it was Lukas Podolski that gave the gunners the lead 4 minutes after the restart.

Some neat link-up play between substitute Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott resulted in Podolski hammering home from 12 yards.

Podolski Celebrates With Teammates.
Podolski Celebrates With Teammates.

Urawa leveled up in the 59th minute through a stunning volley from Yuki Abe as the tourists struggled to clear a corner.

But the Gunners weren’t to be denied a 100% start to their pre-season campaign as substitute Akpom capitalised on a defensive error from Mitsuru Nagata to roll into an empty net in the 82nd minute.

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