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Arsenal fall to Red Bulls defeat

ESPN staff
July 27, 2014
Wenger: Henry still has it

Arsenal fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Red Bulls in their second game of pre-season with their former striker Thierry Henry pulling the strings.

Former Manchester City striker Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the only goal against his father's old club, with Arsene Wenger naming a strong starting line-up including Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.

Thierry Henry is applauded by both sets off fans as he comes off the pitch © Getty Images

Most of the focus, however, was on Henry, whose corner led to the goal shortly after the half-hour mark in New York.

Henry flighted the ball in for Ambrose Oyongo to nod down, with Wright-Phillips stabbing the ball home and nearly doubled the lead only to be denied by a smart stop from Wojciech Szczesny, who is set to compete for a starting berth with Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, following his £3.2 million move from Nice.

Wenger made a raft of changes at the break with Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby among the seven players coming on.

Diaby, whose Arsenal career has been stalled by a series of injuries, then put the ball in the net soon after the restart only to see his effort ruled out by the linesman's flag.

Henry was then applauded off the pitch by both sets of fans when he was substituted on 50 minutes, with Arsenal failing to find a leveller in the remainder of the match.

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