The Barclays Asia Trophy was held for the first time in Singapore, bringing together three teams from England's famed Premier League in competition with a Singapore Selection. Held at the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub, thousands of football-crazed and quality starved Singapore fans attended the first day's matches on Wednesday 15 July 2015. They were not to be disappointed.
|The Arsenal team warms up, including the goalkeepers|
Emi Martinez and Wojciech Szczesny (who looks much
fitter without his cigarettes), while Per Mertersacker
and Jack Wilshire to their stretching exercises.
|The team lin-ups. But no Cech, no Koscielny, no Ramsay,|
no Cazorla, no Alexis, no Walcott, no Giroud!
|The team mascots. Only Gunnersaurus is swamped with selfies.|
|Singapore on the attack.|
|The lead up to Arsenal's first goal,|
which was scored by Chuba Akpom.
|Chuba Akpom gets on the score-sheet.|
|Singapore attacks with a corner,|
but with no end result.
|The Kallang Wave.|
|Penalty No.1, scored by Jack Wilshire.|
|Penalty No.2. Chuba Akpom makes no mistake.|
|Hector Bellerin crosses into the box...|
|...and Chuba Akpom heads it in for his hattrick!|
|All the Arsenal stars on the bench.|
Olivier Giroud, Calum Chamber, Santi Cazorla (back)
Mesut Özil, Peter Cech, Laurent Koscielny (front).
Özil looks pissed because he cannot
face the mighty Singapore.
|Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger |
waves to the crowd and gets the applause.
|That's the final score. Singapore Selection manager|
V.Sundramoorthy meets Wenger.
|BFG's man-bra looks mighty hilarious.|
|Arsenal players acknowledge the fans.|
|In an earlier match, Everton and Stoke City |
played to a 0-0 snore-fest, in which
the appearance of former England international and
human beanpole Peter Crouch was the only highlight.
|For the record, Everton won 5-4 on penalties, and will face |
Arsenal on Saturday for the Barclay Asia Trophy.
Here Romelu Lukaku converts his spot-kick.
|Whether its Mahler 8 or football,|
we both had a good time.