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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Arsenal draw 1-1 with Sevilla to win Amsterdam trophy

Van Persie celebrates with Amsterdam trohpyArsenal won the Amsterdam Tournament trophy with a 1-1 draw against Sevilla on Saturday night.

Carlos Vela's fourth-minute strike gave Arsene Wenger's youthful side an early lead. A more senior Sevilla team responded impressively.

They bossed the latter stages of the first half and all of the second. The Spaniards spurned a host of chances before Javier Chevanton finally converted from close range with nine minutes left.

However the late equaliser did not change the winners of this year's Amsterdam Tournament.

The event awards an extra point for each goal scored so Arsenal's final tally of eight points put them comfortably ahead of Inter (5 pts), Sevilla (3pts) and Ajax (2pts).

Victory is always beneficial, especially when youngsters are involved. However Wednesday nights's trip 60 miles east of Amsterdam will be much more important.

Arsenal visit Arnhem in midweek to play Twente in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.

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