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Arsenal overcome Rangers to keep Emirates Cup

Arsenal have regained the Emirates Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Scottish champions Rangers at The Emirates Stadium in North London.

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  • Published: 22:57 August 3, 2009
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  • Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas lifts the Emirates Cup after winning the pre-season friendly tournament at Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger, manager of the Arsenal, believes that the team will emerge victorious this season even without any major signing.

London Arsenal have regained the Emirates Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Scottish champions Rangers at The Emirates Stadium in North London.

Arsenal were relentless from the kick off and opened the scoring after only two minutes as 17-year-old Jack Wilshere took full advantage of a delicate flick from Andrey Arshavin to power home. Nine minutes later Eduardo doubled the home side's advantage with a trademark finish after some neat work by youngster Fran Merida.

Rangers, who were obviously shell shocked by the early onslaught, did regain their composure but failed to offer any attacking menace during the remainder of the first half.

The Scots had their fate was sealed when 18 minutes before the end of the match, Wilshere grabbed his second goal of the match and was named Emirates Airline Man of the Match for the second day in a row.

The convincing win meant Arsenal reclaimed the Emirates Cup and now look forward to the start of the English Premiership season with confidence after excellent performances by the youngsters and experienced members.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "I thought it was a very impressive display with some sharp moves and a good level of creativity in front of goal.

"I've been especially pleased with the performances of Wilshere over the past couple of days because he has shown how much he has progressed over the past 12 months and he clearly has a promising future ahead of him."

In the earlier match, 10-man Paris St German held Spain's Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw. Argentine striker Sergio Aguero put Atletico ahead with a 39th minute penalty and Ludovic Giuly drew parity following a fine team effort.

The French side were reduced to 10-men after referee Alan Wiley showed Albert Banning a red card for bringing Aguero down in the box.

Aguero dispatched the penalty in style, but PSG bounced back stronger and after battling admirably were rewarded with a goal 20 minutes from time.

Stephane Sessegnon blasted past Juan Valera on the left, surged into the area and found the waiting Giuly with a low cut-back. With the keeper well out of position, the one-time Champions League winner fired the ball into the empty net from 12 yards.

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