Da Silva stars in Gunners win
Arsenal continued their encouraging pre-season form with a 2-1 win over Lazio at the Amsterdam Tournament.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 02/08/07 7:42pm
Arsenal continued their encouraging pre-season form with a 2-1 victory over Lazio at the Amsterdam Tournament.
Eduardo da Silva, making his first Arsenal appearance since being granted a work permit, scored the winning goal to cap a fine individual performance.
The Gunners started slowly and almost fell behind when Goran Pandev rounded Manuel Almunia in the 14th minute, but Philippe Senderos raced back to produce a fine saving tackle.
Nicklas Bendtner then opened the scoring for Arsenal after 18 minutes as he took advantage of a piece of good fortune to fire the ball home from a tight angle on the right.
Arsenal looked like adding to their lead as they carved out a number of chances with some typically eye-catching build-up play, but a moment of hesitation at the back allowed Pandev to equalise with a low shot in the 40th minute.
Arsene Wenger's young side reasserted their control early in the second half and da Silva demonstrated his predatory skills with a towering header from Tomas Rosicky's corner after 54 minutes.
Despite one or two scares in defence Arsenal continued to play impressively and nearly added a third when Justin Hoyte hit the post late on.
It finished 2-1 to give Arsenal five points - three for the win and two for the goals they scored - ahead of Saturday's next game against hosts Ajax.