After a stellar 2014-15 campaign for Arsenal, Santi Cazorla picked up right where he left off as he led the Gunners to a 3-1 win over Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy.
Cazorla had a hand in all three of Arsenal’s goals, picking up a goal and two assists as the Gunners picked apart Everton’s defense.
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The win gets Arsenal’s campaign underway with a title, just one of many Arsene Wenger plans on bringing back to the Emirates this season.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the first half when the winger finished off a perfectly weighted ball by Santi Cazorla. Walcott used his speed to beat the Everton defense and needed only one touch to put the Gunners ahead.
In the second half Cazorla was at it again, with a great individual effort to make it 2-0 Arsenal. The Spanish wizard turned James McCarthy inside-out, cutting him twice before burying a left-footed shot into the bottom corner. Just minutes later, Cazorla slotted Mesut Ozil through, as the German made it 3-0.
Ross Barkley would get one back for Everton with a rip into the top corner, but the night belonged to Arsenal.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Ramsey, Cazorla (Coquelin, 76′), Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 46′), Ozil, Walcott (Arteta, 71′), Giroud (Akpom, 76′)
Goals: Walcott (22′), Cazorla (58′), Ozil (62′)
Everton: Robles, Coleman, Stones (Browning, 84′), Jagielka (Hibbert, 84′), Garbutt, Barry, McCarthy (Osman, 61′), Deulofeu (Mirallas, 46′), Naismith (Barkley, 46′), Cleverley, Kone (Lukaku, 61′)
Goal: Barkley (76′)