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Arsenal beat Western Sydney Wanderers


Sydney : Goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny helped English football giants Arsenal defeat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in the second match of their pre-season campaign in Australia here on Saturday.

Despite dominating possession in the early going, it took the FA Cup winners 33 minutes to put one past the Wanderers, when Nacho Monreal landed a cross on the left foot of French striker Giroud, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the 37th minute, the left back assisted again with a perfectly placed long ball for Aaron Ramsey, who then chipped the Wanderers’ keeper with brilliant skill.

One minute before half-time, Arsenal made it 3-0, when a strike from Egyptian captain Elneny found its way into the back of the net after a deflection. The goal was Elneny’s first since joining the North Londoners in 2016. After the break, a bizarre incident led to a Wanderers goal, after a Jack Clisby strike hit the crossbar in the 57th minute. On the rebound an Arsenal defender passed the ball back to goalkeeper Ospina, which resulted in an indirect free kick awarded to the Wanderers. After the initial strike hit Arsenal’s wall, Lustica got a foot to the ball to get the host team on the score sheet.