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July 22, 2013 12:30 PM BST
 
72′ Kisho Yano
 
Ryo Miyaichi 25′ (PG)
 
Theo Walcott 56′
 
I hope you've enjoyed Goal's coverage of today's game. From Japan it's finished Nagoya Grampus 1-3 Arsenal. A winning return to his former club for Arsene Wenger.I've been Matt Hill, thanks for joining me this afternoon. See you soon!
 
 
So Arsenal make it three out of three on their pre-season tour. Wenger will be pleased with his side's workout today. Nagoya weren't great but Arsenal looked good at times and rarely had to venture out of second gear. Impressive cameos from the likes of Zelalem and Ryo and yet another goal this summer for Olivier Giroud. Still a couple of problems in defence between Mertesacker and Sagna, but perhaps Wenger will put that down to Sagna's inexperience at centre-back.
 
90′
There we have it. Full time. Nagoya Grampus 1-3 Arsenal it has finished here in Japan.
 
90′
We're approaching the end of the game here and the Gunners are just seeing it out now. Seconds remain.
 
88′
Zelalem goes for the spectacular and gets it spectacularly wrong. An attempted curling effort into the top corner finds the top corner of the stand.
 
84′
It's all a bit chaotic now. Nagoya think they can score again having pulled one back.
 
80′
The Arsenal youngsters on show here today have all looked highly promising it has to be said. Ryo in the first half, probably bouyed by his immense popularity showed some neat touches. In the second half too, the likes of Akpom, Zelalem, Aneke and Gnabry all look good prospects.
 
77′
Substitution Marcus Tulio Tanaka Yusuke Muta
 
77′
Substitution Seigo Narazaki Yoshinari Takagi
 
75′
42,919 is the official attendance at the Toyota Stadium. Not bad at all for a pre-season friendly really.
 
74′
Substitution Luis Danilson Córdoba Ryota Isomura
 
72′
Goal Kisho Yano
GOAL NAGOYA! Yano scores for the hosts after a lovely cross by Tanka finds the striker, who powers his header past Fabianski after squeezing in between Mertesacker and Sagna. Sloppy from Arsenal, it has to be said.
 
67′
Substitution Aaron Ramsey Chuba Akpom
 
67′
Substitution Theo Walcott Chukwuemeka Aneke
 
67′
Off go Walcott and Ramsey, replaced by Akpom and Aneke respectively.
 
65′
This is too easy for Arsenal. A delightful Wilshere pass finds Walcott, who's impressive first touch sets him up for a close-range strike. But his effort is saved by the keeper.
 
63′
Arsene Wenger must be pleased with how his side's pre-season tour is going so far. What looks to be - barring a miracle - of three wins out of three and some attractive, fast, fluid football. Can Arsenal challenge next season?
 
60′
Substitution Kieran Gibbs Miquel
 
59′
Arsenal attack again. Walcott sends a good cross across the face of goal. Gibbs arrives at the far post and catches it on the half-volley but can only fire into the side netting - much to the dismay of the Arsenal fans who thought it was a fourth goal. That is in fact his last contribution, as Gibbs is replaced by Spaniard Miquel.
 
56′
Goal Theo Walcott
GOAL ARSENAL! Theo Walcott with the goal. A delightful through ball by Zelalem and after fluffing his lines earlier, this time Walcott finishes expertly, dinking it over the outrushing goalkeeper.
 
50′
Almost trouble for Arsenal. Fabianksi and Mertesacker got themselves in a muddle at the back and allowed Nagoya striker Kennedy to nip in and stab a shot over the keeper. But the strike is just over the bar.
 
47′
And two of the newbies combine almost immediately with Podolski and Gnabry almost finding a third, but the latter was lacking in composure and the chance goes begging.In other news, Zelalem, the highly-rated 16-year-old is on.
 
46′
Substitution Olivier Giroud Lukas Podolski
 
46′
Substitution Tomas Rosicky Gedion Zelalem
 
46′
Substitution Mikel Arteta Jack Wilshere
 
46′
Substitution Ryo Miyaichi Lukas Podolski
 
46′
Okay. Right. The changes that I've noticed so far: Miyaichi, Arteta and Rosicky off. Wilshere, Gnabry, Podolski on.
 
45′
The second half is underway and Arsenal have made a host of changes. First half superstar Ryo Miyaichi is off as, I believe, is Olivier Giroud. I can tell you that Jack Wilshere is on as is Podolski.
 
 
Well it's been a good workout for Arsenal so far. The hosts are decent in possession at times but ultimately they're not very good. Ramsey, Rosicky, Giroud and Sagna have showed glimpses of their ability. It's worth remembering though that this is a pre-season friendly. So don't read too much into it.
 
45′
The whistle goes for half-time and Arsenal deservedly lead 2-0 at the break.
 
38′
Sagna is performing well at centre-back so far in this game. If he's back to his old self then that can only be good for Arsenal this season.
 
35′
A strike from long-range for Nagoya and their manager Dragan Stojkovic looks less than impressed as the ball goes flying over the bar without troubling Fabianski.
 
32′
Arsenal on the break look so dangerous with Gibbs' and Walcott's pace and Giroud in fine form. The Frenchman beautifully lets the ball run across his body from Gibbs' pass and completely takes his defender out of the game. Walcott's forward run is met by Giroud's pass but the Nagoya defence are able to cut the attack out.
 
25′
Penalty Goal Ryo Miyaichi
GOAL ARSENAL! 2-0 to the Gunners now thanks to Ryo Miyaichi's stunning penalty. The Japanese youngster powered the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards and it thundered past the goalkeeper who had no chance of stopping it.
 
24′
PENALTY to Arsenal! That man Olivier Giroud at the forefront yet again, twisting his way through the defence and winning a penalty for the Gunners. Huge cheers erupt from the Toyota Stadium as Ryo Miyaichi steps up to take the spot-kick...
 
19′
20-year-old Ryo Miyaichi is being given the popstar treatment here in Japan. His every touch cheered by the Japanese faithful inside the Toyota Stadium.
 
18′
I say that. But Nagoya just had a great opportunity to level it save for a last ditch tackle by Bacary Sagna. The Japanese outfit playing Arsenal at their passing game and looking threatening.
 
17′
The tempo of game has begun to die down just a little. Arsenal are still in control though.
 
14′
Corner for Arsenal with Walcott lining it up. The effort is poor, however, and Nagoya can clear their lines.
 
10′
It's all Arsenal here in Nagoya and the Gunners are looking good value for their lead so far.
 
7′
The crowd roar once again, this time Arsenal youngster Ryo fires just wide of the post after some fluid movement down the left from Gibbs.
 
5′
Arsenal flooding forward once again, bouyed by their early goal but Walcott can't find the finish. Lively game in prospect here and the atmosphere inside the stadium is electric.
 
3′
Goal Olivier Giroud
GOAL! Just three minutes in and it's that man again Olivier Giroud. Rosicky was the architect with a run down the right flank for the Gunners before floating his cross perfectly for the Frenchman to head past the goalkeeper and make it 1-0 to Arsenal.
 
1′
And we're underway in Nagoya with the hosts kicking from left to right.
 
 
Five goals in 65 minutes for Olivier Giroud who starts up front again. Can he continue his scoring feat today?
 
 
Kick off is just moments away in Japan. Can the Gunners make it three wins out of three?
 
 
Nagoya Grampus are a side Arsene Wenger knows all too well. The Gunners boss managed the Japanese side before his move to England almost 20 years ago.Another link between north-London and Nagoya is that of a certain Gary Lineker. The former England and Tottenham striker had a brief injury-hit spell in Japan back in the 90s.
 
 
So Japanese ace Ryo Miyaichi starts in his homeland and he gets the biggest cheer from the fans inside the stadium.
 
 
The Arsenal side to face Nagoya: Fabianski; Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Ryo; Walcott, Giroud.Subs: Martinez, Miquel, Wilshere, Olsson, Aneke, Gnabry, Eisfeld, Zelalem, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom
 
 
Good morning and welcome to Goal's LIVE coverage of Arsenal's pre-season friendly against Nagoya Grampus. Matt Hill here bringing you all the updates from the game in Nagoya, Japan. Kick off is at 11.30.If you wish to get involved with today's coverage on Twitter then tweet your thoughts to @GoalUK.Team news on the way.
 
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