Arsenal FC beat Everton 3 – 1 to lift another trophy during the pre-season tournament in Singapore.
To the delight of over 50,000 football fans in Singapore’s national stadium, Arsenal proved that they are ready to win titles this season as they got a resounding victory over Everton in the final of the Barclay’s Asia Trophy.
The veteran 33 year old goal keeper, Petr Cech who just moved from Chelsea to Arsenal in a $16 million transfer deal was the one who attracted the greatest attention and cheers from the excited crowd. Cech made some great saves to confirm that he still has a brilliant goalkeeping career ahead of him. About five minutes before half time he did a brilliant reflex save, that made a glancing header from Everton’s Steven Naismith to hit the bar.
Until it was officially confirmed, it was difficult to believe that Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire who owns Chelsea will allow Petr Cech to move over to London archrivals – Arsenal. Jose Mourinho was firmly against Cech’s transfer to Arsenal but Abramovich intervened and said that Cech should be allowed to go to where he desired. Apparently, Abramovich decided to allow Cech, who had served the club faithfully for 11 years to be closer to his family in London.
Cech’s transfer to Arsenal may provide the much needed change in the defence line of the Arsene Wenger led squad. Some analysts believe that Cech could use his vast experience and great leadership qualities to help Wenger organise a stronger defence line, that will put an end to this perennial weakness in the squad, since David Seaman left in 2003. John Terry, the longest serviTheo Walcottng player, who worked with Cech for up to 11 years, believes that Cech could add at least 15 extra points per season to Arsenal.
The trio of Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil as well as the brilliant performance of Cech, made it possible for Arsenal to easily beat Everton and take home the Asia Trophy. Theo Walcott, the former Southampton player, scored the opener for Arsenal in the first half. From the left side of the pitch, he drifted past the two central defenders and hooked the bouncing ball with a shot from his right foot, beating Joel Robles.
Santi Carzola, the Spanish international, who served as Captain during the match, strengthened Arsenal’s lead in the game, with an early goal in the second half. The rest of the second half saw both teams trying to hard to score until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came in as a replacement for Jack Wilshere, and added more intensity to Arsenal’s mid-line. Shortly after, Mesut Ozil, the German international, scored the third goal for Arsenal by linking up with Carzola who helped him to glide through the defence and slot the ball into the net.
Everton was fortunate to get a consolatory goal when Oxlade-Chamberlain was dispossessed by Barry, who made a quick pass to Ross Barkley. Barkley put a temporary smile on Roberto Martinez’s face, towards the tailend of the game, when he made a stunning strike from 18 yards and caught Cech off-guard.
With this result, Arsenal has shown that they are ready to prove their worth as strong contenders for the Premier League title and the European Championship trophy in the 2015/2016 season. Click here to be part of the fans that will cheer Arsenal to victory at the Emirates stadium this season.