Arsenal produce a fabulous comeback against Stuttgart; Darren Bent is on fire for Spurs; Liverpool draw a blank in Spain; Man City ease past Streymur

Stuttgart 1 – Arsenal 3 (Friendly, July 30, 2008) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Stuttgart carved Arsenal open straight through the middle as Turkish legend Basturk turned and struck low and hard for the opener. Arsenal weren’t behind for long, Bendtner worked his way in from the right hand side, played a lovely pass forward to Carlos Vela, and the young Mexican controlled the ball on his thigh before firing high in the net. Moments later it was Vela who was the provider, with Bendtner staying strong to take the ball in the box and fire past Jens Lehmann. The Gunners turnaround was completed with a fine third created by Gael Clichy, who bustled down the left hand side before crossing to Jack Wilshere who controlled and hit a low hard shot inside the near post.

Leyton Orient 1 – Tottenham 5 (Friendly, July 30, 2008) Orient went ahead after Jason Demetriou picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and curled a fine shot into the top corner. Within a minute of the restart Bent levelled, stabbing home after the Orient keeper parried Dos Santos’ corner. Just two minutes later and Spurs were in front, Zokora crossed for Aaron Lennon to head home. Luka Modric then grabbed his first goal for Spurs, before Bent stole the plaudits with his two late goals, with his hat-trick goal crashing in off the underside of the bar following more good work from Dos Santos.

Nottingham Forest 0 – Sunderland 1 (Friendly, July 30, 2008) The only goal at the City Ground was scored by Kieran Richardson, who netted a sweet strike from the edge of the box after good work from Anthony Stokes.

Northampton 0 – West Brom 1 (Friendly, July 29, 2008) Kim Do-Heon’s free-kick in the 36th minute gave the Baggies their first win in the pre-season.

Villareal 0 – Liverpool 0 (Friendly, July 30, 2008) With Robbie Keane making his debut, Liverpool’s best chance of the half fell to fellow new-boy David Ngog following Yossi Benayoun’s clever run and pass but the Frenchman’s snapshot was weak and easily gathered. The Yellow Submarine went close to breaking the deadlock as Ariel Ibagaza struck the post, before Liverpool’s Stephen Darby got in a fine block to deflect the ball over on the rebound.

Carlisle 1 – Middlesbrough 2 (Friendly, July 29, 2008) Boro took the lead just after half time thanks to Jeremie Aliadiere. Danny Carlton levelled minutes later but new French signing Didier Digard opened his account with the winner, a 30-yard rocket that gave the keeper no chance.


Manchester City 2 – EB/Streymur 0 (Agg. 4-0) (UEFA Cup qualifier, July 31, 2008) Streymur held firm until the interval but Martin Petrov scored his second goal of the tie early in the second half and Darius Vassell grabbed another late on for Sparky’s side.


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