Arsenal started their tour of Asia in unconvincing fashion on Tuesday, but two late goals saw them to a 2-1 victory over the Malaysia All Stars.
Azmi Muslim stunned with the Gunners with a 25-yard thunderbolt in first-half stoppage-time, but the hosts could not hold onto their lead and saw former Borrussia Dortmund player Thomas Eisfeld and England youth international, Chuks Aneke net in the closing stages.
Manager Arsene Wenger will not be too troubled by the scrappy nature of the win. This was the first real game of pre-season and he has a young squad with him in Asia.
But the Frenchman would have hoped someone like Maraoune Chamakh might step forward to stake some sort of claim to replacing Robin van Persie, should the Dutchman leave as expected.
And it will have heightened his fears that his team may be 'under-cooked' when the Barclays Premier League kicks off against Sunderland in less than a month.
After this three-match tour, the Gunners have only one game arranged, away to Cologne, having lost a fixture in Nigeria.
It is not ideal, Wenger admits, but he is consoling himself with the knowledge that rivals will be behind with preparations due to Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games.