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Forceful Gunners have it easy

sports Updated: Jul 14, 2011 01:13 IST
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Arsenal started their pre-season Asian tour with a resounding 4-0 victory over a spirited Malaysia side at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Wednesday.

The Gunners, who last played in Malaysia 12 years ago, will next play in China on Saturday.

All eyes were on leftback Kieran Gibbs, keen to make an impression on boss Arsene Wenger following the sale of Gael Glichy, but the performance of reserve rightback Carl Jenkinson would have left the Frenchman shaking his head.

The youngster was time and again left for dead by speedy Malaysian winger S Kunalan, who carved out numerous opportunities for his side. Fortunately for the Gunners, their defence stood firm.

Wenger started with a young side and teenagers Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey dominated the centre of the park. Wilshere caused panic in the Malaysian defence after just five minutes and was poised to shoot before Mahalli Jasuli brought him down, leaving referee Mohammad Yussof Mat Karim no choice but to point to the spot.

Up stepped Ramsey to convert the penalty, coolly sending Mohamad Nasril Mat Nourdin the wrong way, tucking his penalty to the right.

With Wilshere and Ramsey dictating the pace, Arsenal went further ahead in the 37th minute when Ramsey's through ball released Theo Walcott down the right.

The England international kept his head to lob an onrushing Mohamad Yussoff to make it 2-0.

Liverpool win
Guangzhou: Liverpool were rocked by two late goals from lowly Guangdong Sunray Cave on Wednesday but survived to win 4-3 at the start of their Asian tour. The 18-time English champions, boosted by new signing Charlie Adam's first appearance and a goal-scoring debut from Conor Coady, had looked set for an emphatic victory until the Chinese team's last-gasp double. Lu Lin and Yin Hongbo both took advantage of slack defending to lift the home crowd.

Liverpool, fielding an unfamiliar line-up, scored first through Christian Poulsen's sweet volley on 19 minutes before David Ngog doubled their lead two minutes later.