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Match Day
Peterborough United
Peterborough Utd 1-0 Arsenal XI
Pre-season friendly
London Road
Friday July 11, 2003, kick-off: 7.30pm

ATTENDANCE
8,756
ARSENAL XI
 Matteo Guardalben
 Stuart Taylor HT
 Matteo Guardalben 84
 Moritz Volz
 Lauren HT
 Martin Keown
 Philippe Senderos HT
 Sol Campbell
 Pascal Cygan HT
 Ashley Probets
 Gael Clichy HT
 John Spicer
 Sebastian Larrson HT
 Sebastian Svard
 John Halls HT
 Ray Parlour
 Edu HT
 Paulinho
 Stephen Bradley HT
 Jeremie Aliadiere
 Dean Shiels HT
 Francis Jeffers
 Frankie Simek 65
PETERBOROUGH UTD
 Mark Tyler
 Christopher Kanu
 Sagi Burton
 Simon Rea
 Dennis Pearce
 Gareth Jellyman HT
 Matthew Gill
 Richard Scott HT
 Tony Shields
 Adam Newton HT
 Andre Boucard
 Mark Coulson 84
 Dave Farrell
 Leon McKenzie
 Andy Clarke HT
 Francis Green
 Andy Fotiadis HT
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1
Green 29
ARSENAL XI 0

By Richard Clarke

An Arsenal XI lost 1-0 at Peterborough United on Friday night in the club's opening pre-season friendly.

Francis Green grabbed the winning goal for the home side in the 29th minute but Arsène Wenger's second-half side, he fielded one in each period, looked like levelling late on.

There was a minor scare when, with four minutes remaining, keeper Stuart Taylor rushed out to clear his lines and collided with Posh striker Andy Clarke. Play was held up for several minutes before he was stretchered off to the far side of the ground with concussion. But thankfully he reappeared and was in good spirits after the game, signing autographs for youngsters as he walked down the tunnel.

Taylor had been replaced by Matteo Guardalben, a 29-year-old keeper who is on trial at Arsenal. The Italian, who has experience with Piacenza and Parma, had started the game in Wenger's first-half side.

The manager told Arsenal.com earlier this week that he is on the look out for a new goalkeeper. Since last season David Seaman and Guillaume Warmuz have left the club, leaving Wenger with three stoppers - Taylor, Graham Stack and Rami Shaaban ? on the books at the moment.

Guardalben took his place in front of a lively crowd of 8,756 on a mild summer's evening at London Road. Francis Jeffers tested Posh keeper Mark Tyler with a near-post header in the opening minutes. But the game failed to catch fire and the next sight of goal for either side came in the 20 minutes when Dave Farrell curled a free-kick just wide.

Nine minutes later, the home side went ahead when Green raced on to a long pass out of the Posh defence, slipped past Guardalben and rolled his shot into the empty goal despite the attentions of Martin Keown.

The pace of Jeffers and Jeremie Aliadiere worried the Posh backline just before the break but the visitors created nothing clear-cut.

Jeffers was the only Arsenal player who stayed on to start the second half. The wholesale changes included Philippe Senderos, making his Arsenal debut at centre back, and Gael Clichy, a 17-year-old on trial from AS Cannes, at left back.

John Halls sent a raking, long-range shot over the bar 10 minutes after the restart. Arsenal built on the chance and began to look the better side as the half wore on. Soon afterwards Stephen Bradley burst through only to see his toe-poke bounce off the legs of onrushing Tyler.

However, in response, Adam Newton raced down the right and crossed for Andrew Fotiadis, whose header ricocheted off Pascal Cygan and over the bar.

Taylor's injury halted the momentum the visitors had built up and they could not muster an equaliser before the referee blew for full-time.

First-half teams

Arsenal: Matteo Guardalben; Moritz Volz, Martin Keown, Sol Campbell, Ashley Probets; John Spicer, Sebastian Svard, Ray Parlour, Paulinho; Jeremie Aliadiere, Francis Jeffers.

Peterborough: Mark Tyler; Christopher Kanu, Sagi Burton, Simon Rea, Dennis Pearce; Matthew Gill, Tony Shields, Andre Boucard, Dave Farrell; Leon McKenzie, Francis Green.

Second-half teams

Arsenal: Stuart Taylor (Matteo Guardalben 84) ; Lauren, Philippe Senderos, Pascal Cygan, Gael Clichy, Sebastian Larrson, John Halls, Edu, Stephen Bradley, Dean Shiels, Francis Jeffers (Frankie Simek 65).

Peterborough: Mark Tyler; Christopher Kanu, Simon Rea, Sagi Burton, Gareth Jellyman; Richard Scott, Adam Newton, Andre Boucard (Mark Coulson 84), Dave Farrell, Andy Clarke, Andy Fotiadis.


   MATCH PICTURES 

Keown leads the team out holding the FA Cup Ray Parlour takes the ball past Tony Shields
Philippe Senderos makes his Arsenal debut Senderos challenges Clarke for a high ball
17 year-old triallist Gael Clichy Clichy in action
Paulinho is felled by Burton Jeffers bears down on goal
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