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Arshavin gives Arsenal the victory against Atletico Madrid

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Latest update : 2009-08-02

Arsenal dominated Atletico Madrid, winning 2-1 on the first day of the Emirates Cup, with Andrey Arshavin scoring both goals for the Gunners. In the other match of this warm-up tournament, Glasgow Rangers defeated Paris Saint Germain.

AFP - Russian international Andrey Arshavin came off the bench to score twice as Arsenal beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.
  
All three goals came in the last five minutes.
  
Cesc Fabregas lofted the ball over to the back post from the right, where Arshavin arrived to volley past Sergio Asenjo.
  
However, German Pacheco then beat the offside trap to slot in an equaliser with just two minutes left.
  
In one final twist, Arshavin latched onto a poor backward clearing header from Tomas Ujfalusi to slot the ball in from the tightest of angles.
  
Arsenal welcomed back Czech winger Tomas Rosicky, who had been out of action for some 18 months with a string of niggling injuries, and his return was a welcome boost for manager Arsene Wenger following the loss of Samir Nasri to a broken leg.
  
The Spanish side, who started with former Gunner Jose Antonio Reyes in attack and were captained by ex-Manchester United forward Diego Forlan, could yet face Wenger's men again in competitive action next month in the Champions League play-off.
  
Arshavin, 28, arrived in England from Zenit St Petersburg during the January transfer window, but could not play in the Champions League.
  
He impressed in the latter half of the season and hit four goals against Liverpool at Anfield.
  
"The difference is now he knows how English football works," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
  
"He knows as well he is part of the team from the start, and the team knows how important and how big an impact he can have on the results.
  
"Arshavin has what you cannot give to a player - he understands when there is an opportunity in the final third, and is certainly dangerous."
  
Earlier, Rangers defeated Paris St Germain 1-0 thanks to a 75th-minute goal from defender Madjid Bougherra.
  
"I am pleased we did not concede a goal and I am happy with the performance," said Rangers boss Walter Smith.
  
"Our goalkeeper (Neil Alexander) did not have a great deal to do but you could also put that down to Paris St Germain not having the sharpness in front of goal."
  
Paris St Germain coach Antoine Kombouare was disappointed with his team's lacklustre showing.
  
"I am not happy because I don't like to lose," said Kombouare.
  
"The team was not really passionate and didn't show any aggression. They worked hard and we were good in our organisation. But we could not score any goals."

Date created : 2009-08-02

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