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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 July 2007, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Arsenal 2-1 Inter Milan
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie
Van Persie came up trumps for Arsenal
Robin van Persie's brilliant winner saw Arsenal beat Inter Milan and lift the pre-season Emirates Cup.

Van Persie tricked his way into space to drill a powerful shot past the Serie A champions' keeper Francesco Toldo.

Despite dominating for long spells Arsenal fell behind to a well-placed header from Inter's Honduras striker David Suazo.

Arsenal drew level when Alexander Hleb reacted to drill home the loose ball after Toldo saved his initial effort.

For long periods, it looked as though Arsenal had found no solution to their lack of cutting edge from last season.

Some of the Gunners' approach play and passing was exquisite, but they failed to carve out many chances against a stubborn Inter defence.

Hleb and van Persie were invariably involved in the chances they did create.

Hleb's delightful dummy set up van Persie in the first half but keeper Julio Cezar stretched to save and the Dutch striker drew another fine save from the Brazilian keeper.


Having dominated possession, Arsenal fell behind to the sort of clinical finishing they desired when Suazo placed his header perfectly out of Jens Lehmann's reach.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would have drawn several positives from the game, including a bright contribution from teenager Kieran Gibbs.

New signing Bakari Sagna linked up well down the right with Emmanuel Eboue, who revelled in his midfield role, and the pair combined to set up Arsenal's equaliser.

Eboue surged forward and slipped a pass to the overlapping Sagna who cleverly pulled the ball back to Hleb, whose first shot was brilliantly saved by Toldo, but the Belarus international coolly slotted home the loose ball.

Van Persie won the game, when a skillful drag-back earned him space to drill his shot past Toldo.


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