By Alan Duffy
Petr Cech lined out for Arsenal for the first time in Singapore on Saturday, helping his new side to a 3-1 win against Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy. The game, played in front of a record 53,000 crowd at the National Stadium, came after Stoke City had beaten a Singapore XI 2-0 to claim third-place, courtesy of goals from Steve Sidwell and Marko Arnautovic.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring after a nifty through ball from Santi Cazorla as the Gunners dominated the first-half.
New man Cech was forced into an outstanding save before the break from Steven Naismith, giving the Gunners’ fans what they’ll hope is a taste of things to come.
After the break Cazorla bamboozled James McCarthy before drilling past Joel Robles.
Mesut Ozil then produced a fine finish on the hour-mark, after some good interplay by the north Londoners.
Ross Barkley thumped home a consolation goal for the Toffees to rob Cech of a clean sheet late on.
However, the Gunners were worthy winners of the tournament, with the likes of Ozil and Cazorla looking sharp.
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