Arsenal walloped the Indonesia All-Stars on Sunday, 7-0.
As expected, it wasn't much of a challenge for Arsenal, as the Gunners got on the board first with a goal by Theo Walcott in the 19th minute.
Indonesia was actually able to hold Arsenal to just one goal in the first half, but the second half saw an explosion from Arsene Wenger's club. The Gunners posted six goals in the second half alone.
Chuba Akpom started off the barrage in the 54th minute. In the 71st minute, Olivier Giroud swung home a goal off a cross from Bacary Sagna.
Two minutes later, the pair hooked up again. This time, it was Giroud who did most of the work, swiveling quickly and firing a shot high into the net.
In the 83rd minute, Lukas Podolski gave Arsenal a 5-0 lead after a slick pass by midfielder Tomas Rosicky. Two minutes later, Rosicky once again provided the assist, swinging a beautiful cross past the entire Indonesian defense to find a sliding Kris Olsson for the score.
And two minutes later Arsenal had built a 7-0 lead, as Giroud found Thomas Eisfeld, who knocked home a powerful shot off the crossbar and into net.
Arsenal.com tweeted after the match:
|Ruben Karel Sanadi||D||D|
|Ian Louis Kabes||M||D|
|Sergio van Dijk||S||D|
|Vendry Ronaldo Mofu||M||C+|
|A.A. Ngurah Wahyu||D||F|
|Rizky Rizal Ripora||D||D|
This was a thoroughly dominant effort for Arsenal, one that was much needed with so much unrest hanging over the club's head this summer.
The Gunners looked like the dominant team throughout, but really turned it up a notch in the second half, giving fans something to be hopeful for moving forward.
Granted, it was against Indonesia, and Arsenal surely has much more to do this summer in the transfer market, but outings like these are undoubtedly performances to be proud of and build upon.
It's been a long spell for Arsenal in terms of capturing the Premier League title, but if the club can continue to build on blowout victories like these, who knows what's in store for Wenger's comrades.
Arsenal will play Vietnam on Wednesday at My Dinh National Stadium.