Arsenal vs. Malaysia XI: 6 Things We Learned from Preseason Friendly

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Arsenal vs. Malaysia XI: 6 Things We Learned from Preseason Friendly
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In the humidity of Kuala Lumpur, Arsenal's first 90-minute preseason friendly resulted in a 2-1 victory against a determined Malaysia XI side.  Late goals from Thomas Eisfeld and Chuks Aneke spared Arsene Wenger's blushes, as the hosts faltered in the final minutes of the game.

Aside from Vito Mannone, the entire squad was substituted at half-time to give every outfield player in the squad a chance to shine.  Mannone, Arsenal's third-choice goalkeeper, was the only man to feature for the full duration of the encounter.

Despite this being little more than an exhibition match, these games are crucial for Wenger and his coaching staff as they try and gauge who should earn consistent playing time when the season eventually starts and the Emirates Stadium welcomes Sunderland on August 18.

With that in mind, here's six things we can glean from today's contest.

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