Sturm Graz v The updates

Samir Nasri may not have made France’s World Cup squad but he showed no signs of disappointment as he put in a polished performance capped with two goals when Arsenal saw off Sturm Graz 3-0 tonight.
Nasri grabbed two goals and Henri Lansbury chipped in with a strike to give us a win as we kicked off our annual pre-season tour to Austria with a game at the UPC Arena.
Nasri curled home a super free-kick just before the break after Jack Wilshere was upended on the edge of the box to makie it 2-0.
He had already given Arsenal a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes with a right-footed shot from 18 yards.And Lansbury, 19, who spent last season on loan at Watford, tucked away a third after clever approach play from JET.
The game is the second friendly, the opening game was against Barnet on Saturday where we recorded a 4-0 win.
Havard Nordtveit saw a header fly wide after four minutes from a Nasri free-kick after Theo Walcott had been upended.
Wilshere, partnering Manu Frimpong in the centre of midfield, put in a crunching tackle on some Austrian after 13 minutes to prove he has fight as well as flair.
Graz should have levelled after half an hour but great stop with his legs from Fabianski after Djourou got caught short.
Chamakh hasn’t really featured this half which is a tad worrying. Walcott tried a tasty dink at goal on 39 minutes after a clever turn but his effort was too high.
Wilshere picked up a booking just before half-time for another tough tackle…boy has steel.
Wilshere went off after an hour with Armand Traore coming back on. The pace settled to a bit of a stroll in the second half and perhaps the best chance fell to Koscielny, who headed wide from a corner on 79 minutes.
Traore had a chance to make it four on 85 minutes but squandered his chance after surging approach play from JET. Walcott had a great opportunity to add to our tally a minute from time after JET played him in but he chipped wide.
Starting XI: Fabianski, Nordtveit, Vermaelen,Djourou, Traore, Nasri, Wilshere, Frimpong, Walcott, Arshavin, Chamakh.
Second half: On…Koscielny, Gibbs, Eastmond, Lansbury, Rosicky (c), JET. Check out the site for live updates on the game as it unfolds. More follows…

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