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Neil Johnston

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    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    England's Cup winners defeat Germany's Cup winners. Arsenal are the 2015 Emirates Cup winners. Next up is Chelsea and the Community Shield on 2 August.

    Many thanks for your company. 

    Arsenal celebrate
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    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    I may have spoken too soon. Two more bookings as Santi Cazorla clashes with Maximilian Arnold. This has been a tetchy game. Expect fireworks if these two meet in the Champions League.

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    This game is petering out. It's all a little tame. Arsenal are heading into next week's Community Shield with Chelsea with two pieces of silverware to show for their pre-season efforts.

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    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    Much better from Arsenal this half. They're well on their way to adding the Emirates Cup to the Barclays Asia Trophy when young substitute Isaac Haydn forces a fine save with a confident effort from outside the area.


    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    Yet more changes. Goalscorer Theo Walcott gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Olivier Giroud while Jack Wilshere comes off to be replaced by defender  Isaac Hayden .


    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    Another booking. This time Wolfsburg's Brazilian defender Naldo is cautioned for a foul on Chuba Akpom just outside the area.Santi Cazorla's free-kick is just about kept out.

    Chuba Akpom
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    Andre Schurrle  tests Petr Cech from distance. It's more than anger out of anything because the Wolfsburg man is off side but Cech is equal to the effort as he pushes it away to rapturous applause.

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    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    More Arsenal changes. Jeff Reine Adelaide gets a terrific reception as the 17-year-old is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Aaron Ramsey is on for Mikel Arteta.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    Arsenal are heading for their second silverware of the pre-season. As things stand, the Gunners have 13 points - three more than Villarreal.

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    First serious save by Petr Cech as he gets down well to push away Josuha Guilavogui's powerful drive from 25 yards. Applause from all four sides of the ground follows.

    Petr Cech
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    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    Kevin De Bruyne collects a loose ball, drives towards the box and smashes well off target from 20 yards. How much is he worth?

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    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg

    A quick reminder of what Arsene Wenger said about Jeff Rene-Adelaide on Saturday.

    "Rene-Adelaide is something special you know. He is a great talent and when he came on you could see that - 17 years old let’s not forget that. In fact I don't remember how I played at 17 but I didn't play like that!"

    Rene-Adelaide and Theo Walcott
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    Arsene Wenger says Jeff Rene-Adelaide is “something special” after the teenager made his senior debut against Lyon.

    The way the teenager threaded that pass to Walcott the Arsenal boss is not kidding.

    Are we witnessing a new Gunners star?

    Jeff Rene-Adelaide
  19. GOAL

    Arsenal 1-0 Wolfsburg - Theo Walcott

    It's taken 49 minutes but, believe me, it was worth the wait.

    Theo Walcott stabs home with the outside of his boot after a delightful pass by Jeff Reine-Adelaide. 

    It must have been good because Arsene Wenger is out of his seat and applauding.

    Theo Walcott scores
    Theo Walcott

    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    Two changes at the start of the second half. Chuba Akpom comes on for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil while Wolfsburg's Daniel Caligiuri is on for midfielder Vieirinha.

    Expect plenty more changes throughout the half.

  21. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    We're back under way. 

  22. Newcastle agree Memba deal

    Elsewhere in football...

    Chancel Mbemba

    Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba, subject to a work permit.

    The 20-year-old DR Congo international agreed personal terms and completed his medical with the Premier League club.

    Mbemba made 28 appearances for the Belgian side last season, who finished third in the league.

    He is Newcastle's third deal of the summer after signing attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    'If' is the key word here...

  24. Is Di Maria on his way?

    Elsewhere in football...

    Angel Di Maria

    Angel Di Maria's proposed move from Manchester United to Paris St-Germain is "close" to being decided, falsesays the French team's coach Laurent Blanc.

    The Argentina midfielder has not joined United on their pre-season tour of America, and manager Louis van Gaal has said he "does not know why".

    "There is a good possibility he could sign but there is nothing official," said Blanc after a defeat by Chelsea.

    "We have to have patience a little longer. The outcome is very close."

  25. How much is Kevin De Bruyne worth?

    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    Racing Post football journalist Mark Langdon, speaking on Talksport: “Wolfsburg are a very rich club in Germany. I think £60m would be about the lower end of what Wolfsburg would be looking for somebody who was the best player in the Bundesliga last season by a long way. 

    "De Bruyne was absolutely fantastic in that number 10 role – he scored goals and created loads from everybody else. The one question about him – and it came from Jose Mourinho – is that he didn’t like the competition at Chelsea. He wanted to play every week.”

    Kevin De Bruyne
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    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    Arsenal are seeking their fourth Emirates Cup triumph in eight attempts...


    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    It might be a friendly but Arsene Wenger is taking this seriously. Very seriously. The Gunners boss heads for the dressing room wearing a frown. Arsenal have been decent in phases but the Germans are more than holding their own.

    Arsene Wenger
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    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    Arsenal are saving their best for the last moments of the half.

    Best move of the game almost results in a goal, a terrific cut back by Nacho Monreal is met by Mesut Ozil but his attempt flashes just wide.

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    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    What's going on? Another crunching challenge, this time Arsenal defender Gabriel is late on Vieirinha but somehow escapes a yellow. 

    Gabriel challenge

    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    Someone please remind Timm Klose this is a friendly.

    The referee pulls out a yellow card from his top pocket and waves it in the direction of the Swiss defender after bringing down Jack Wilshere in full flight.

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    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    What's this? Nicklas Bendtner has the ball just outside the Arsenal area and is lining up a shot. Can the Dane score on his Emirates return?

    He lets rip but Petr Cech gathers comfortably.That would have been awkward had that gone in.

    Petr Cech and Nicklas Bendtner
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    The good news for Arsenal is that Theo Walcott has the ball in the back of the Wolfsburg net.

    The bad news? He's miles off-side.

    Theo Walcott
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    Mesut Ozil is the only player to survive Saturday's starting line-up as Arsene Wenger rotates his squad.

    The German has been pretty quiet so far. Expect plenty of changes again at half-time. 

    Mesut Ozil
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    No goals but a healthy Arsenal crowd are enjoying this. 

    Chances at both ends, huge roars whenever Petr Cech is involved and even polite applause for Nicklas Bendtner.

    Nicklas Bendtner
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    The Gunners are starting to take control.

    A huge kick by Petr Cech almost sets up a chance but Mesut Ozil's pass to Theo Walcott is poor.

    Then a delicious pass by Jack Wilshere sets up Walcott, the England man caught dithering on the ball when he should have at least tested the keeper.

    Theo Walcott
  36. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    Big chance for Arsenal. 

    Theo Walcott gets behind the Wolfsburg defence. There are red and white shirts lining up for the pass but the forward decides to have a pop himself...and the keeper blocks.

    Arsene Wenger doesn't look happy that Walcott decided to go alone.

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    The German Cup winners are leading 6-0 in corners. One almost results in the opening goal, Nacho Monreal deflecting an effort that whistles just wide of Petr Cech's post.

    Nacho Monreal
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    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    Wolfsburg have had 62% possession. Arsenal have yet to get going. It's not looking at this stage as though the Gunners are going to repeat Saturday's 6-0 drubbing of Lyon.

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    Kevin De Bruyne hasn't really done too much so far. Little action in either goalmouth but Nicklas Bendtner has a chance to put the Germans ahead but is unable to make a decent connection.

    Kevin De Bruyne
  40. De Bruyne heading for Man City?

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    Daily Star Sunday

    Will we see Kevin De Bruyne back in the Premier League? The Wolfsburg midfielder is wanted by Manchester City (who isn't?) according to the Daily Star Sunday. The 24-year-old former Chelsea midfielder will be offered a record six-year contract worth £53m. 

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    A flurry of Wolfsburg pressure. Three quick corners, pin-ball inside the Gunners area and Brazilian defender Gabriel almost has his head removed after getting in the way of Sebastian Jung's attempt. 

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    I'm not sure we'll hear a bigger noise all game. Arsenal fans are out of their seats to applaud Petr Cech as the keeper holds onto Kevin De Bruyne's low cross.

    Comfortable for the new signing but the home fans are keen to make Cech feel at home.

    Petr Cech
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    Pre-season games usually mean sunshine and T-shirts. Not at the Emirates. There's plenty of umbrellas on show on a soggy day in the capital.

    Some nice early touches by the red and white shirts of Arsenal with Jack Wlshere looking particularly hungry. 

    Wilshire and Rodriguez
  45. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Wolfsburg

    'Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal'. Great atmosphere for a pre-season kick-about. And off we go...

    Arsene Wenger and Gunnersauras
  46. LINE-UPS

    Arsenal v Wolfsburg (16:20 BST)

    Arsenal XI:  Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Reine-Adelaide, Ozil, Wilshere, Walcott.

    Substitutes:  Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Akpom, Coquelin, Hayden, Iwobi

    Wolfsburg XI:  Benaglio, Jung, Naldo, Klose, Rodriguez, Trasch, Guilavogui, Vieirinha, De Bruyne, Schurrle, Bendter.

  47. 'Welcome Petr'

    Arsenal v Wolfsburg (16:20 BST)

    There's a 'Welcome To Arsenal Petr Cech' banner on show as the teams make their way out.

    A few weeks ago the thought of Cech wearing a Gunners shirt was unheard of but judging by the noise at the Emirates it is very much a welcome sight. 

    Petr Cech
  48. Arsenal can lose - and still win tournament

    Arsenal v Wolfsburg (16:20 BST)

    Arsenal can afford to lose against Wolfsburg and still win the tournament - as long as they score. Remember, teams get one point for each goal they score, and the Gunners have a superior goal difference over Villarreal. 

    Olivier Giroud celebrates
  49. Get Involved



    Manchester United defeating European champions Barcelona 3-1 in California, Arsenal sticking six past Lyon, Premier League champions Chelsea requiring penalties to overcome Paris St-Germain... do pre-season results really matter?

    United's win over Barca will quickly be forgotten if they lose to Tottenham on 8 August. Likewise, few will remember Arsenal's pre-season form if they don't win the title. 

    Get in touch using #bbcfootball, leave a comment on the BBC Facebook page  or text in on 81111 (UK only). Remember to put names on those texts.

  50. Can the Wolves bite Arsenal?

    Arsenal v Wolfsburg (16:20 BST)

    Still another three weeks before the start of the Bundesliga season but the Wolves will be hoping for another successful campaign after finishing Bundesliga runners-up and German Cup winners last season.

    Wolfsburg at a glance
  51. The tournament so far

    Lyon 0-2 Villarreal

    It's three points for a win and an additional point for each goal scored. Arsenal started the day with nine points after their six goal thumping of Lyon on Saturday, but Villarreal's 2-0 win over Lyon earlier today means the Spanish team now have 10 points from two games.

    Villarreal's goals were scored by Bruno from the penalty spot and Leo Baptistao.

    Lyon v Villarreal
  52. More success for Cech?

    Arsenal v Wolfsburg (16:20 BST)

    Can Petr Cech make it two trophies in two appearances for Arsenal after winning the Barclays Asia Trophy on his Gunners debut last week?

  53. Team news

    Arsenal v Wolfsburg (16:20 BST)

    Goalkeeper  Petr Cech makes his home debut after joining Arsenal from Chelsea for £10m. There are starts for midfielder  Jack Wilshere and forward Theo Walcott. Seventeen-year-old winger Jeff Reine-Adelaide also starts one day after Arsene Wenger called the teenager "something special". false

    There are several familiar names in Wolfsburg's starting line-up, not least former Gunners forward Nicklas Bendtner.  Ex-Chelsea players Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle also start at the Emirates.

    Arsenal XI:  Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Reine-Adelaide, Ozil, Wilshere, Walcott.

    Wolfsburg XI:  Benaglio, Jung, Naldo, Klose, Rodrigue, Trasch, Guilavogui, Vieirinha, De Bruyne, Schurrle, Bendter.

  54. Gunning for silverware


    Their season does not start for real for two weeks but Arsenal could have three new pieces of silverware by the time they kick a ball in anger for the first time on 9 August.

    Having already secured the Barclays Asia Trophy, the Gunners can add the Emirates Cup to the trophy cabinet before they take on Chelsea in the Community Shield on 2 August.

    Of course it's the Premier League title, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup Arsene Wenger wants most. But a hat-trick of trophies before the serious stuff begins...