Arsenal breezed through their first pre-season clash, with a team consisting of a mixture of youth and experience running out comfortable 4-0 winners.
Chuba Akpom stole the headlines with his hat-trick, but there were a number of positives we can take from the first of our Barclays Asia trophy matches.
Chuba Akpom opened the scoring, with the young striker pouncing on a loose ball. Jack Wilshere was denied after a quick counter-attack, but Akpom was there to smash past the keeper to make it 1-0.
Wilshere had arguably been the best player on the pitch, and was pulling the strings from midfield. Everything seemed to go through him, and it was only right that he got his goal.
Mathieu Debuchy was taken down in the box after a tangle of legs, and Jon Moss pointed straight to the spot. Wilshere stepped up and lashed it into the back of the net. 2-0.
Wilshere was substituted shortly after, and so wasn’t on the field to take our second spot-kick – with Jon Toral taken down by the keeper. Akpom stepped up, and slotted it into the same corner for his second and Arsenal’s third. 3-0.
The English youngster completed his hat-trick shortly before full time, with a chance put on a plate for him by second half substitute Hector Bellerin. Some great work from the Spaniard left the defence flummoxed, and he had all the time in the world to plant a cross right onto the head of his teammate. Akpom powered it home to seal the win. 4-0.
It wasn’t vintage Arsenal by any stretch of the mark, but we had more than enough about us to brush Singapore XI aside.