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(ATT 63,000) 26th July 2013 - Kick off 11:30

Urawa Red Diamonds Urawa Red Diamonds vs Arsenal Arsenal

Urawa Red Diamonds 1

Y Abe (59)


Arsenal 2

L Podolski (49)
C Akpom (82)

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  1. That's all for today. Thanks for joining me and thanks to those who got in touch throughout the game. Please be sure to check back for a match report this afternoon.

  2. It proved to be tough test for Arsene Wenger's side but he will surely be delighted with another win as the Gunners prepare for the Emirates Cup next weekend.

  3. 91

    Arsenal make it four from four on their tour of Asia with a 2-1 win over Urawa Red Diamonds.

  4. 90

    Just the one minute of added time to be played.

  5. 88

    Miyaichi goes for goal but his strike is deflected into the arms of Yamagishi.

  6. 86

    Ramsey fires just wide of the post after some good exchanges down the left between Miyaichi, Podolski and Rosicky who teed up the Welshman.

  7. 81

    Chuba Akpom puts Arsenal back in front with a simple tap-in after confusion in the Urawa defence.

  8. 80

    Zelalem is caught in possession and Urawa break, but Koscienly is there to make the tackle inside the area.

  9. 79

    Richardes' strike is on-target but Fabianski is equal to it and he manages to hold the ball.

  10. 78

    Free-kick to Urawa after Podolski brings down Richardes in a shooting position.

  11. 75

    Miquel finds Podolski unmarked in the area but he mis-cues his effort over the bar.

  12. 75

    The impressive Tomoya Ugajin is replaced by Takuya Okamoto.

  13. 74

    Chuba Akpom replaces Theo Walcott.

  14. 73

    Yamagishi pulls off a good save to deny Koscielny from Walcott's corner but the whistle was already blown for a fould by the French defender.

  15. 71

    Arsenal's promising youngster Gedion Zelalem comes on in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  16. 70

    Tsukasa Umesaki makes way for Kunimitsu Sekiguchi.

  17. 64

    Arsenal have a real game on their hands here as Koscielny heads behind for a corner which Fabianski easily plucks from the air.

  18. 63

    Another good chance for the home side but Shinya Yajima fires over from the edge of the box.

  19. 62

    Fabianski denies the substitute Sakano with a good save from close-range.

  20. 59

    The goalscorer Abe is replaced by Toyofumi Sakano and Nobuhisha Yamada takes the place of Shinzo Koroki.

  21. 58

    Urawa equalise with a great strike from Yuki Abe. Arsenal failed to clear their lines from the corner and Abe fired past Fabianski on the volley. 1-1.

  22. 57

    Fabianski pulls off another good save from Richardes' free-kick which was going in at the far post. Corner to Urawa.

  23. 55

    Great defending from Koscielny who slides in to block Koroki who was baring down on goal.

  24. 52

    Walcott finds himself through on goal after Rosicky plays him in but Yamagishi smothers him as he tries to round the goalkeeper.

  25. 46

    Ryo Miyaichi, Lukas Podolski, Carl Jenkinson, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey are all on for Arsenal in this second-half, with Giroud, Mertesacker, Arteta, Gnabry and Wilshere all making way.

  26. 50

    Fabianski is forced to tip Ugajin's cross over his bar as it appeared to be heading in. Corner for Urawa goes straight behind for a goal-kick.

  27. 48

    Walcott should have double the lead for Arsenal after being played in by Tomas Rosicky but he could only find the arms of Yamagishi. Good start for this second-half for Arsenal.

  28. 48

    The substitute Lukas Podolski links up with Walcott before firing past Yamagishi. 1-0 to the visitors.

  29. 46

    We're underway again in Japan and there's been a host of changes for Arsenal...

  30. It's certainly been a much more competitive affair for Arsenal than their previous encounters on this tour as Urawa have put up a real fight throughout the first-half. What's your verdict so far? Email me: or Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919.

  31. It's all square at the break in Japan despite both sides having a number of good chances to break the deadlock. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have both been denied by the woodwork for the Gunners, while Fabianski has thwarted the hosts from taking the lead on a number of occasions.

  32. 44

    Ugajin finds himself in acres of space on the left, he cuts inside of Miquel before curling a goalbound strike towards the top corner but Fabianski manages to deny him with a great save, tipping it behind for a corner.

  33. 43

    Sagna charges forward down the right but he overhits his pass looking for Giroud and it goes out for a goalkick.

  34. 41

    Free-kick to Arsenal in a shooting position but Walcott's effort is deflected behind for a corner which then is cleared by Urawa under pressure from Koscielny.

  35. 40

    Arsenal starting to dominate proceedings but they are still yet to find a way through.

  36. 37

    Walcott tries a strike from long-range but it is deflected into the grateful arms of Yamagishi.

  37. 35

    After two saves from Yamagishi from the resulting corner, Oxlade-Chamberlain rattles the bar with a long-range effort.

  38. 33

    Giroud's free-kick is deflected off the wall and goes behind for an Arsenal corner which Walcott takes.

  39. 33

    Free-kick for Arsenal after Jack Wilshere is brought down following a surging run. Giroud stands over it.

  40. 32

    Theo Walcott's corner is headed clear.

  41. 30

    Nervous moment for Fabianski as he spills the ball from under the pressure of Richardes, but the Polish goalkeeper manages to recover and clutches the ball to his chest.

  42. 29

    There's a penalty shout for Urawa as Miquel brings down the attacker in the area, but the protests are waved away by the referee.

  43. 28

    Giroud then goes close for Arsenal as he tries to lob Yamagishi who was off his line, but the striker's first-time effort just evades the post and goes wide.

  44. 27

    Big chance for Arsenal! Theo Walcott surges into the area but he blazes over the bar from a good position.

  45. 25

    Rapturous appplause breaks out as Arsenal's Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi warms up.

  46. 24

    Giroud does well to turn and get a cross away, but with Walcott the only man in the box, Urawa manage to deal with Arsenal's attack once again.

  47. 23

    Outswinging corner from Walcott is collected well by Norihro.

  48. 22

    Corner for Arsenal as Sagna's cross is deflected behind.

  49. 20

    Arsenal are starting to command the midfield but they have been unable to turn their possession into any real chances in the last few minutes.

  50. 18

    Wilshere is pulling the strings for Arsenal and he plays in Walcott but the England winger runs into the impressive Abe who is holding things together at the back.

  51. 16

    Wilshere looks for the run of Giroud with a ball over the top but Abe is there again to clear Urawa's lines.

  52. 15

    Urawa continue to show that they're not just here to make up the numbers as Tomoya Ugajin fires over from 30-yards.

  53. 14

    There's been a good tempo to this game in the opening stages with both sides unlucky not to have opened the scoring.

  54. 12

    Jack Wilshere feeds Olivier Giroud but the Frenchman finds himself under pressure and Abe blocks his shot.

  55. 11

    Serge Gnabry almost goes through but goalkeeper Norihro Yamagishi beats him to it and collects the ball.

  56. 9

    Chance for Urawa! A good counter attack from the home side sees Fabianski forced to palm away a low cross. It rebounds off the leg off Per Mertesacker before cannoning over the bar via Marcio Richardes.

  57. 7

    Chance for Arsenal! Theo Walcott goes on a mazy run into the area but his effort rebounds off the post, the ball then finds its way to him again but his goalbound strike is nodded off the line.

  58. 6

    Koscielny is forced to put the ball behind for a Urawa corner after a searching though ball was heading for the path of Shinzo Koroki.

  59. 5

    Arsenal try to force a way through after some good work by the youngster Serge Gnabry, but Urawa manage to clear their lines without any real danger.

  60. 3

    First chance of the game and it comes from the hosts. Tsukasa Umesaki evades the challenge of Jack Wilshere before firing his low effort just wide of Fabianski's post.

  61. 2

    Arsenal with all of the possession in the opening stages as you would expect but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is snuffed out as he tries to work himself into a crossing position.

  62. 1

    Arsenal win a free-kick inside the Urawa half as former Leicester City man Yuki Abe brings down Theo Walcott.

  63. 0

    We're underway at the 63,700 capacity Saitama Stadium with the visitors kicking-off proceedings.

  64. The teams are on the pitch in Japan as both teams interlink for pre-match photographs.

  65. We're just over 10 minutes away from kick-off at the Saitama Stadium where Arsene Wenger has fielded a strong line-up for his side's fourth and final game of their Asian pre-season tour. The Gunners have won their previous three games racking up a total of 17 goals in the process, six of which have been scored by Olivier Giroud.

  66. You can have your say throughout the game and the best comments will be published here. Get it touch via email: or Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919.

  67. ARS SUBS:

    Szczesny, Martinez, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Ramsey, Olsson, Aneke, Miyaichi, Eisfeld, Zelalem, Podolski, Akpom

  68. ARS XI:

    Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Miquel, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Gnabry, Giroud

  69. Good morning and welcome to the live text commentary of Arsenal's friendly against Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds (11.30am kick-off), in the final game of their Asia tour.

  70. Updates will appear here from 1130 BST...


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