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Arsenal defender Rob Holding shines as Gunners beat Chivas 3-1 in friendly match

FOOTBALL By Mirror | August 1st 2016
Chivas Guadalajara forward Michelle Benitez (R) collides with Arsenal defender Rob Holding (Top) and goalkeeper David Ospina (Bottom) during their friendly soccer match at StubHub Center in Carson, California on July 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO

Arsenal continued their preparations for the forthcoming season with a routine 3-1 win over Club Deportivo Guadalajara in Los Angeles.

Goals from Rob Holding, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chuba Akpom had the Gunners in control, before their Mexican opponents pulled a goal back from the penalty spot with 17 minutes remaining.

Holding opened the scoring in the 34th minute at StubHub Center after Calum Chambers had created the opening for his central defensive partner - and it was 2-0 five minutes into the second half courtesy of an impressive individual goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain.

England Under-21 international Akpom, whose late goal gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory over the MLS All-Stars in San Jose on Thursday, made it 3-0 six minutes later.

Guadalajara pulled a goal back through Angel Zaldivar's penalty, awarded after Mathieu Debuchy had fouled Alex Zendejas.

Boss Arsene Wenger was pleased with the run out against a side that never gave up.

"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.

The Gunners have another pre-season friendly against Norwegian side Vikings on August 5.

They start their Premier League campaign on August 14 at home to Liverpool.

Source: Mirror

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