Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/26/13
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Arsenal signed off from their Asian tour with a 2-1 win over resilient Urawa Red Diamonds at the Saitama Stadium in Japan. Yet again, a capacity crowd turned out to watch the Gunners continue their pre-season preparations, with Arsene Wenger's side having won the previous three games of their Asian tour. The hosts put up a good fight in the first half and Arsenal had to wait until the 49th minute to take the lead through substitute Lukas Podolski. Urawa equalised through a Yuki Abe volley on the hour mark but Chuba Akpom netted what proved to be the winner with a simple finish. Having eased to victory in the previous three games of their Asian tour, Urawa promised to be a much tougher test for the Gunners, and they came closest to taking the lead when Tsukasa Umesaki fired wide of Lukasz Fabianski's post. Theo Walcott found himself denied by the post after a mazy run into the area, and he was unlucky not to give his side the lead when the ball found its way to him moments later,...
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