By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Premiership champions Arsenal secured a 3-2 victory over Slovenian side Maribor.
Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp put The Gunners ahead after just four minutes. The lead was soon extended when Jeremie Aliadiere pounced.
Into the second period Maribor pulled themselves back into the game when Milan Rikic scored.
Robin van Persie grabbed his second goal in two games to make it 3-1 with just six minutes left, but Rikic grabbed another to make for a nervous finish.
Aston Villa continued their Scandinavian tour in fine style with a 7-2 success over Kungsbacka.
Gareth Barry gave Villa the lead after 18 minutes but the home side came back and scored twice to make it 2-1 at the interval.
However, Villa hit back in fine style as Lee Hendrie and Carlton Cole all scored while the Moore brothers Stefan and Luke also made their mark, with the latter bagging a 13-minute hat-trick.
Charlton Athletic suffered a 3-2 defeat in the opening game of their pre-season tour of China as they lost to Jianlibao.
The Addicks had taken a two goal lead early as they looked to be cruising.
Bulgarian star Radostin Kishishev opened the scoring before Shaun Bartlett (pictured) headed home to make it 2-0 after just 15 minutes.
Jianlibao then fought back and Xin Xin Zhang scored just before half time.
Charlton should have extended their lead after 54 minutes when Jonatan Johansson was tripped in the area, but Jason Euell's spot kick was saved by home goalkeeper Chen.
Jianlibao levelled through Yun Feng and Chen Yang won the game in the final minute.
A late equaliser from Nigerian star Joseph Yobo gave Everton a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Clarets skipper Robbie Blake had earlier given Burnley a first half lead.