Arsenal are heading home from Singapore in high spirits after a sparkling performance to win the Barclays Asia Trophy.
Theo Walcott’s smart finish gave the Gunners a half-time lead but Arsène Wenger’s side saved their best for the second half. Santi Cazorla fired in from the edge of the box after a sustained spell of pressure and Mesut Ozil added a third from Cazorla’s second assist of the match.
There could easily have been more – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went close with a chip while Walcott and Olivier Giroud spurned good chances.
Everton were energetic before the break and scored a consolation through Ross Barkley, but they couldn’t match Arsenal’s pace and penetration – or their fitness. The benefits of intensive training sessions in Singapore were there for all to see as Arsenal kept their tempo high despite the humidity.
There was a notable ‘debut’ too as Petr Cech made his bow in an Arsenal shirt and that, like everything else, was lapped up by an appreciative, excitable crowd.
Having secured their pre-season silverware, the Arsenal players unfurled a banner to thank their supporters in this region. It has been a successful trip – and it could provide the foundations for a successful season.
Arsenal capped off a successful pre-season tour in Singapore, by winning their first title at the Barclays Asia Trophy.
The reigning FA Cup champions picked up a convincing 3-1 win over Everton in the final, in front of a 52,107-strong crowd at the National Stadium on Saturday (Jul 18).