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Match Day
Austria Vienna
Austria Vienna 0-2 Arsenal
Pre-season friendly
Schwechat Stadium, Vienna, Austria
Friday, July 25, 7pm kick-off

ARSENAL (1st Half)
 Stuart Taylor
 Kolo Toure
 Philippe Senderos
 Sol Campbell
 Ashley Cole
 Jermaine Pennant
 Ray Parlour
 Sebastian Svard
 Gio van Bronckhorst
 Francis Jeffers
 Dennis Bergkamp
ARSENAL (2nd Half)
 Graham Stack
 Lauren
 Pascal Cygan
 Martin Keown
 Gael Clichy
 Jermaine Pennant
 Moritz Volz 59
 Edu
 Gilberto
 John Halls
 Jeremie Aliadiere
 Jerome Thomas
AUSTRIA VIENNA
 Joey Didulica
 Frank Verlaat
 Eric Akoto
 Paul Scharner
 Ernut Dospel 73
 Didier Dheedene
 Ivica Vastic
 Petter Rudi
 Fernando Troyansky
 Thomas Flogel 63
 Richard Kitzbichler
 Vladimir Janocko
 Sigurd Rushfeldt 63
 Sean Dundee
 Krzyoztof Ratasczyk 63
SUBS NOT USED
 Thomas Mandl
 Rubiv Afolabi
 Michael Wagner
 Thorstan Helstad
AUSTRIA VIENNA 0
 
ARSENAL 2
Dennis Bergkamp 29
Francis Jeffers 44

By Richard Clarke at the Schwechat Stadium, Vienna

Arsenal may have stumbled slightly over their steps so far in this pre-season, losing to Peterborough and drawing with Barnet and Ritzing - but this was a Viennese waltz.

Dennis Bergkamp starred in the first half, scoring a cracker and unselfishly setting up Francis Jeffers to double the advantage. Arsène Wenger's second-half side eased through the gears and comfortably held on to the lead.

It was another decent work-out against a well-organised Austrian side who fielded a couple of familiar names in ex-Liverpool striker Sean Dundee and former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Petter Rudi.

Vienna looked the more lively side in the first half. Dundee flashed a shot wide and then forced Sol Campbell to hurriedly hack a clearance over his own bar.

But Arsenal swept into the ascendancy on the crest of Jermaine Pennant's penetrative runs down the right. The first in the 13th minute saw the England Under-21 international reach the byline and then pick out Bergkamp at the far post. The Dutchman met the ball sweetly on the volley but his effort flew wide.

The second, just before the half hour, saw Pennant find the same player at the near post with a low cut-back. Bergkamp dispatched the chance into the corner of the net with venom.

In between those chances, Paul Scharner dribbled through the Arsenal defence only for Stuart Taylor to repel his shot with his legs.

But buoyed up by the goal, Bergkamp took control late in the half. He cracked a close-range shot against the keeper's legs from Giovanni van Bronckhorst's fine cross.

A minute before the break, Scharner slipped as he hit a pass back to his keeper. Bergkamp stole in, flicked the ball around the keeper then slipped the ball to his right for Jeffers to tap into the empty net.

The second half tailed off as a spectacle. Arsenal's passing was crisp and they seemed well in control. They held on with relative ease.

Click here to find out a little bit more about our opponents, Austria Vienna.


   MATCH PICTURES 

Campbell holds off Ivica Vastic Jerome Thomas races Thomas Flogel
Svard passes past Petter Rudi Pennant dribbles Vladimir Janocko
Didier Dheedene intercepts Pennant Jeffers races Fernando Troyansky
John Halls and Richard Kitzbichler Thomas accelerates past Kitzbichler
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