One Arsenal star shines, one struggles, and a former Gunner finds the net as Japan thump Germany

Arsenal stars current and past took their place front and centre on Saturday, as Japan secured a memorable victory over Germany.

Die Mannschaft marked their return to action a short time ago.

Amid ongoing preparations ahead of the country’s hosting of next summer’s European Championships, Hansi Flick’s troops welcomed the aforementioned Japan to the Volkswagen Arena, for a friendly clash.

Winless in their last four outings dating back to March, though, when all was said and done late this evening, Germany’s woes only continued to mount.

This came as a rampant Japan sauntered their way to an eventual 4-1 triumph.

After Leroy Sane cancelled out Junya Ito’s opener inside 20 minutes, Ayase Ueda swiftly guided the visitors back into the lead.

Former Arsenal talent Takuma Asano then killed off any chance of a late German comeback with 90 minutes on the clock, before Ao Tanaka added some gloss to the scoreline for Japan deep into injury time.

As alluded to above, heavy focus was on a pair of current Gunners stars throughout the clash, too, as Kai Havertz went head-to-head with teammate Takehiro Tomiyasu.

And, safe to say, when all was said and done it was the latter who came out very much on top.

Tomiyasu, for his part, enjoyed a superb showing at the heart of Japan’s backline, providing a reminder to boss Mikel Arteta of his underrated versatility.

Havertz, on the other hand, struggled once more to make his presence felt, amid what is fast becoming an alarming stretch of form for the one-time Bayer Leverkusen talent.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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