(Sporting Alert) — Striker Olivier Giroud scored a first half hat-trick and Chuba Akpom grabbed a brace in the second half to help Arsenal thumped Vietnam’s national side 7-1 in a pre-season game on their Asian Tour.
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“It was a game played with good pace and a good spirit. For us of course it was a good preparation for the season,” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said on the club’s website at www.arsenal.com.
“Vietnam started very quick, very strong, and the first minutes were for them. But after that on our first chance we scored and we scored some great goals.
“We played at a good pace and overall it was a very positive night. Vietnam have qualities and I think they suffered a little bit defensively against our pace up front.
“Overall in midfield I felt Vietnam played very well. The captain [Pham Thanh Luong] impressed me. From now on we will watch the results of Vietnam at Arsenal.”
Giroud opened the scoring in the 5th minute and then went on to score two quick goals, 44th and 45th minutes to complete his hat-ttick and give Arsenal a 3-0 lead at half-time.
Akpom then found the next twice in the second, with his goals coming between strikes from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ignasi Miquel.
Tran Manh Dung grabbed a 78th minute goal for Vietnam, but the damage was already done but the Gunners.