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Monaco stops Arsenal

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

LONDON - Radamel Falcao has scored his first goal since a six-month injury lay-off to earn Monaco a 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Emirates Cup friendly tournament in London.

The Colombia striker netted with a powerful first-half header to give Monaco victory in their final pre-season friendly before they open their Ligue 1 campaign at home to Lorient next Sunday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger handed a full debut to new signing Alexis Sanchez, but the Chilean was eclipsed by Falcao, who missed the World Cup after damaging knee ligaments in January.

"I'm very happy with his return and very satisfied that he scored a goal that gave us the win," said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim on Falcao, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.

"Obviously I'm counting on him. In football anything is possible, especially in the transfer window, but we want to keep our best players, of course."

Monaco's win handed victory in the four-team tournament to Valencia, who beat Benfica 3-1 earlier in the day at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal tackle Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley next weekend.

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