Andrei Arshavin scored two goals in the final five minutes, either side of German Pacheco’s effort, as Arsenal claimed a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the Emirates Cup.
Arsenal fashioned a host of chances but required the talents of the Russian to secure victory and top spot in the table and it could be a sign of things to come for the season ahead.
Sergio Aguero is a striker out of the very top drawer, but the Atletico man’s predatory instincts deserted him early on as he somehow headed against the woodwork after finding space at the back post three yards from goal.
All eyes were on Tomas Rosicky on his return to the Arsenal side and he almost marked the occasion with a stunning goal. The Czech, seemingly over the leg troubles which have threatened his career, curled a sumptuous effort into the top corner but the strike was ruled out for offside.
The game was played at a frenetic pace but for all the attacking endeavour, chances were at a premium in the first half.