Fulham cruise, Arsenal edge thriller
Sir Alex Ferguson was an interested spectator at Craven Cottage this afternoon to watch Fulham's final pre-season friendly with Werder Bremen.
Although the Manchester United boss has claimed he is happy with his current squad, the opportunity to take a look at Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil was too much to resist.
Ferguson missed United's annual public training session at Old Trafford to see the 21-year-old in action. Not that Ozil will have been too pleased about the result though as Fulham strode to an impressive 5-1 win, with Zoltan Gera netting a hat-trick. Prospective England striker Bobby Zamora was also on target.
Also making their mark this afternoon were Arsenal duo Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere, who were involved in a quite extraordinary encounter with Legia Warsaw.
Gibbs was among those on target in an 11-goal thriller the Gunners managed to edge 6-5, despite going 3-0 down. Marouane Chamakh began the comeback, although it was not until Emmanuel Eboue scored twice in eight second-half minutes that Arsene Wenger's men managed to draw level.
Gibbs' effort put them in front but it took late goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Samir Nasri to ensure victory in a pre-season encounter that will live long in the memory.
The high point of Everton's trip to Germany to face Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg was confirmation that Mikel Arteta has signed a five-year contract extension with the Goodison Park outfit. Little went right once the match began as the Toffeemen fell to a 2-0 defeat, which included a Tim Howard penalty save from highly-rated striker Edin Dzeko.
Robbie Keane's return to prominence at Tottenham continued as the Irishman bagged a second-half brace to seal victory over Fiorentina at White Hart Lane. Roman Pavlyuchenko did tap home one equaliser but Harry Redknapp's men were behind until Keane took centre stage, grabbing an injury-time winner to leave Tottenham to head into a crucial two-week period in positive mood.
Mame Biram Diouf scored on his debut for Blackburn to give Sam Allardyce's men a share of the spoils at Hearts. Diouf has moved to Ewood Park on loan from Manchester United and quickly made an impact after Suso Santana's deflected effort had given the Scots a first-half lead at Tynecastle.
West Ham beat Deportivo La Coruna on penalties with Pablo Barrera converting the winner for Avram Grant's men, with the game having finished goalless after 90 minutes.
Birmingham lost their unbeaten record in pre-season as Emilio Nsue's second-half effort proved enough for Real Mallorca at St Andrew's. It was not the way Ben Foster wanted to mark his home debut in the Blues goal, although fellow new boy Nikola Zigic did come close to an equaliser late on.
West Brom suffered a blow before the start of their clash with Osasuna as summer arrival Pablo Ibanez was forced to pull out through injury. It didn't stop Roberto Di Matteo's men turning in an impressive performance, with Scotland international James Morrison putting them in front. However, Oier equalised five minutes from time.