English Premiership

Arsenal wrap up US tour with win over Chivas

2016-08-01 10:05
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Supplied)

Cape Town - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was thrilled to see his side end their pre-season tour of the United States with a comfortable win over Chivas Guadalajara on Sunday night.

The Gunners defeated the Mexican club 3-1 courtesy of goals from Rob Holding, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chuba Akpom, and comes on the back of a 2-1 victory over the MLS All Stars in San Jose on Friday.

Speaking after the match, an upbeat Wenger told the club's official website: "It was an ideal game against a very determined Chivas. Overall I think it was interesting for us because we needed to be patient as they started better than us. 

"After 20 minutes we came into the game and we got a comfortable win in the end. It was very interesting to see some young players - we had a very young defence. Overall it was a positive experience for us."

Wenger understands that despite the positive results in pre-season, his side is still a work in progress ahead of the eagerly-awaited new season.

He added: "Every game is different and you have to perform every time you play. From your past wins you get confidence and credit but you have to be humble enough every time to think that you have to show again that you are a good team. That is what is at stake. 

"It’s better to win than to lose but it’s only preparation at the moment. A positive preparation can create confidence but we know we have a tricky start.

Wenger was also delighted to again have the use of Oxlade-Chamberlain after his lengthy injury lay-off.

"It’s a very important season for him. He has been out for a long, long time. He has been injured and did not go to the European Championship, like he should have done if he had been fit. 

"[He gives us] power, penetration. He has it all, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It’s difficult what he doesn’t have - that’s why I would like him to get to the level he can go to. Maybe he doesn’t completely believe himself how good he can be and that’s the final step for him."


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