Saturday, July 27, 2013

Arsenal 2-1 Urawa Reds

Lukas Podolski and Chuba Akpom scored in the second-half to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Japanese club Urawa Reds at Saitama Stadium last night.

Podolski gave Arsenal the lead in the 49th minute, converting a pass from Theo Walcott, before Yuki Abe leveled 10 minutes later for the hosts.

Akpom sealed the win in the 82nd when he slotted into an empty net after Mitsuru Nagata's crazy pass.

The match was a part of Arsenal's pre-season tour to Asia and also acted as the Saitama City Cup 2013.

Arsène Wenger is really cool!!

Before the match, Nu (left: a mascot of Saitama City), Kobaton (centre: a mascot of Saitama Prefecture) and Gunnersaurus Rex (right: a mascot of Arsenal) appeared and waved hands to supporters.

There was no Redia... (^o^;)

This is a photo I took from my seat line 4.

Walcott is just in front of me!!

It was a perfect position to see Podolski's goal and Nagata's blunder.

Ryo Miyaichi, who scored a penalty against Nagoya Grampus, came on after halftime.

His fitness has got improved, but needs more aggressive.

Lukas Podolski was chosen as the Man Of the Match and given a Japanese doll made in Konosu City. (Why not made in Iwatsuki...?)

It was a fantastic game!!

We always welcome Arsenal!!

Well, I met my friend Meg!! (Photo taken by you know who Meg's girl)

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