Perhaps it was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for Arsenal today, although we should also give credit to our German opponents Wolfsburg who made it difficult for the Gunners from the off. Whatever the case, after the stunning six goal showing against Lyon yesterday, Arsenal struggled for the same fluency.
The first 15 minutes were frustrating and were dominated by the visitors who pressed us high and forced us into mistakes. They continued to win corners and get crosses in from both flanks, although Cech and the back four managed to keep them from scoring.
We did grow into the game bit by bit with Jack Wilshere looking the most likely to unlock their defence and Walcott just needing a better finish on a few occasions. Ozil put our best chance of the first half just wide before halftime and was replaced at the break by Akpom.
There was some impressive stuff from young Reine-Adelaide and it was him that provided the assist for Walcott to score a lovely goal five minutes after the restart. It was a better second half from Arsenal with Akpom and Chamberlain having a positive influence after coming on.
We had the better chances and stopped Wolfsburg from creating much but we could not add to our tally. But a win and a clean sheet completes a very good Emirates Cup campaign with a trophy.