Arsene Wenger sent a relatively inexperienced squad to the tournament with only a few familiar first-team faces consisting of Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos, Gervinho, Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs.
The tournament comprised of three 45 minute matches involving Arsenal, newly promoted Southampton and current Belgian Champions Anderlecht playing each other once.
In their first match, Arsenal came up against Anderlecht and managed to secure a 1-0 victory courtesy of a low cross to Henri Lansbury by right-back Carl Jenkinson. Lansbury made no mistake with the finish, which marked a great return to Arsenal colours for the young Englishman.
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The second match against newly promoted Southampton was to prove a tougher affair as Southampton went up early courtesy of their new signing Jay Rodriguez, but Arsenal managed to reply with a late goal by Gervinho.
Each side pushed for the winner, but were unable to conjure up a goal. The match went to penlaties with Southampton eventually coming out on top 5-4, although it wasn’t enough to deprive the Gunners of coming out of the tournament into spot with Southampton losing to Anderlecht 1-0 earlier in the day. Highlights of the goals and the shoot-out can be seen below.
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The tournament win marks a positive start to the pre-season for Arsenal and also to Arsenal’s young up-and-comers who featured in the tournament. The presentation of the trophy can be seen below.
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