Wednesday December 8, 2010 Group Stage: Group H Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 3 - 1 Partizan Belgrade

  • van Persie 30’ (pen.)
  • Walcott 73’
  • Nasri 77’
  • Cléo 52’

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  1. Arsenal stumble past Partizan

    Arsenal stumble past Partizan

    Arsenal secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory against Partizan Belgrade at the Emirates Stadium. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Partizan Belgrade
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! Arsenal secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory against Partizan Belgrade.
    • 90+2' Darko Brasanac replaces Moreira.
    • 90+1' Another golden chance for a fourth goal is wasted as Bendtner takes Walcott's cross off van Persie's foot.
    • 90' Arsenal are on the brink of reaching the last 16 for the 11th year in succession.
    • 89' Arsenal have conceded exactly one goal in each of the three matches played against teams from Belgrade in European competition. That run looks likely to continue.
    • 87' Of course that will rule Sagna out of the last 16 first leg.
    • 85' Good save from Fabianski to repel Petrovic's fierce free-kick and Cleo cannot head the follow-up past the Pole.
    • 83' SAGNA SENT-OFF! Referee Paolo Tagliavento, a hairdresser from Terni in Italy, dismisses the Arsenal right-back after he tangles with Lazevski on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 81' Bendtner plays Walcott in but the sub gets his feet tangled up and the simplest pass to van Persie that would have meant a tap-in is spurned.
    • 80' Aleksandar Davidov replaces Babovic.
    • 79' News from Ukraine where Shakhtar have scored so the Gunners face the prospect of being paired with Schalke 04, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in next Friday's draw in Switzerland.
    • 78' The 12th goal of an exceptional season for the French midfielder.
    • 77' GOAL ARSENAL!! That is more like the Arsenal you expect. Great quick feet from Song on the edge of the area and the ball falls to Nasri who finishes with aplomb, driving into the bottom corner.
    • 76' The Dane replaces Chamakh.
    • 75' Nicklas Bendtner is preparing to come on.
    • 74' GOAL ARSENAL!! That relieves the pressure as Sagna's cross is headed into Walcott's path by Jovanovic and the sub chests the ball down before volleying past Stojkovic from the angle.
    • 73' Moreira dallies on the ball on the edge of his own penalty area but Alex Song curls his effort wide with five Arsenal team-mates waiting for a pass.
    • 72' Good save from Stojkovic as he tips van Persie's whipped free-kick over the crossbar. A good strike but too central.
    • 71' Walcott is checked by Krstajic on the edge of the penalty area and is booked.
    • 70' Intricate link-up play between Nasri and van Persie but the Frenchman eschews the shot and the skipper can't reach the return ball.
    • 69' Walcott's low cross is cleared by Krstajic.
    • 68' And that is Arshavin's last action as he is replaced by England winger Walcott.
    • 67' Lovely feet from Van Persie as he twists and turns but his driven cross is just behind Arshavin in the penalty box.
    • 66' Theo Walcott is stripping off.
    • 65' Van Persie loses out to Savic to more groans from the crowd.
    • 64' Stojkovic flaps at a deep cross from Sagna under pressure from Song and is lucky as the ball goes through his hands but there is no Arsenal striker on hand to apply the finishing touch.
    • 63' Poor corner from Arshavin is cleared at the near post.
    • 62' Driving run down the left from Nasri who wins a corner
    • 61' Partizan are visibly lifted since the goal and are pushing players forward.
    • 60' Only two teams (Barcelona and Manchester United have scored more than once in 32 Champions League games at the Emirates, could Partizan be the third?
    • 59' Sagna's delicious cross with his left foot just eludes Chamakh who maybe should have gone for the diving header rather than flick a leg at the ball.
    • 58' Babovic swings over a free-kick which is headed clear as far as Sasa Ilic but his snap shot is high over the crossbar.
    • 57' A lot of tense faces in the crowd especially with Tottenham already safely in the next round.
    • 56' Chamakh's cross from the left is headed clear by Lazevski in the penalty area.
    • 55' No team has ever won their first three Champions League Group games and failed to qualify for the next stage.
    • 54' Still goalless in Ukraine but now a single goal for Braga or Partizan would send the Gunners out.
    • 53' Cleo goal side of Koscielny but he drags his 20-yard shot wide.
    • 52' GOAL PARTIZAN!! Sensation at the Emirates as the visitors equalise. Lovely touch from Moreira in the build-up and Cleo is afforded too much space on the edge of the penalty area and his shot takes a deflection off Squillaci and wrong foots Fabianski.
    • 51' Aleksandar Lazevski shows some adventure from left-back but Sagna tracks back and Partizan don't even a gain a corner for their efforts as the ball comes back off the full-back.
    • 50' The Gunners have averaged 3.7 goals per game and not failed to score more than once in their last seven Champions League matches at the Emirates Stadium. They have been brighter after the break.
    • 49' Lovely pass from Denilson to Arshavin on the left whose centre is cleared by Krstajic but only into the path of Nasri who blazes over the top from close range. Good chance.
    • 48' Re comment #110/89 from ZOUZOU M: I said 'No team from continental Europe', Arsenal have of course lost against English sides (Chelsea and Manchester United) in the Champions League at home.
    • 47' Denilson's through ball pierces the visting defence but Chamakh, on the stretch, is just unable to control the ball and Stojkovic comes off his line to smother.
    • 46' The second-half is underway with no further changes to the sides.
    • 45+1' An ordinary corner is cleared and that brings to an end an ordinary first-half. But the Gunners lead and still no goals in Ukraine so the Gunners have a small buffer.
    • 45' Nasri gets behind the visiting defence down the left and his cut back is turned behind for a corner.
    • 44' One additional minute to be played.
    • 43' Van Persie gets away from Krstajic but his centre is a little too quick and behind Chamakh who can't turn and a promising chance is squandered.
    • 42' Lukasz Fabianski boots clear a back pass, the only sort of work he has to deal with tonight.
    • 41' Partizan have lost all five Champions League away matches and scored only one goal. You can see why, no real ambition in the final third.
    • 40' Cleo gets behind a static Arsenal defence but precious few players in support and his centre is cut out.
    • 39' Arsenal dominating possession as you would expect, 62% thus far.
    • 38' A shot for Partizan but Medo's incredibly ambitious effort is screwed wide.
    • 37' Nasri's cross is headed towards goal by Van Persie but under pressure from Savic, the ball dribbles harmlessly past the post.
    • 36' Medo's cross from the right is headed away by Sebastien Squillaci.
    • 35' 400-500 Partizan fans in the crowd still making plenty of noise.
    • 34' Alex Song is penalised for an incidental contact with Stojkovic before the corner is taken.
    • 33' Great run from Eboue down the left, some twinkle toes before a cross with the outside of his boot that is turned behind for a corner.
    • 32' And that was Van Persie's first goal of an injury-hit season.
    • 31' There were also three penalties in the game when Partizan entertained Arsenal, two for the Serbs and two of which were saved.
    • 30' GOAL ARSENAL!! Stojkovic guesses the right way but Van Persie's spot kick has too much power and is buried into the corner to give take the lead.
    • 29' Van Persie goes down under a challenge from Marko Jovanovic and the referee points to the spot. There was contact and the Dutch striker went to the ground.
    • 28' Cleo ploughing a lone furrow up front and needlessly runs the ball out of play on the right flank.
    • 27' Eboue fouled by Stefan Babovic but Arshavin's free-kick is headed to safety by Krstajic.
    • 26' Important intervention from Sagna to prevent Radosav Petrovic's pass getting behind the home defence.
    • 25' Wenger will be looking for a bit more urgency in his side and the crowd are trying to lift their team.
    • 24' Eboue's 60th European appearance incidentally.
    • 23' Emmanuel Eboue replaces the ailing Gibbs at left-back.
    • 22' Chamakh brings the ball down on his chest in the area but is penalised for a nudge on Krstajic.
    • 21' Chamakh, in his pink boots, looks at the referee after being caught by Krstajic but nothing doing.
    • 20' Still goalless in Ukraine so Arsenal would progress as things stand.
    • 19' No team from continental Europe has won away at Arsenal in the Champions League since Inter beat the Gunners 3-0 in September 2003 – a run of 36 games.
    • 18' Nasri threads a pass through to Van Persie but the captain can only stab the ball wide.
    • 17' And Partizan attack down that flank but Stefan Savic turns down the chance to go down the outside and Denilson wins the ball back.
    • 16' Gibbs returns to the field somewhat gingerly.
    • 15' Gael Clichy is not on the bench tonight so this could mean a re-shuffle for Arsene Wenger as the young left-back leaves on a stretcher.
    • 14' Gibbs needs treatment after turning his ankle untouched.
    • 13' Arsenal fired in 17 shots, 13 of which were on target against Partizan in Belgrade, but that was their first effort on goal tonight.
    • 12' Bacary Sagna's cross from the right is headed over the top by Chamakh.
    • 11' Just a note of caution - Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last five Champions League games played in December.
    • 10' Partizan have put five across midfield and former Wigan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic has not been worked yet.
    • 9' Nasri sees his long-range shot charged down.
    • 8' First glimpse of attacking potential from the visitors but Laurent Koscielny is stride for stride with Cleo and does enough after a rangy through ball from Almami Moreira.
    • 7' Krstajic on hand once more to prevent Arshavin's cute pass reaching Nasri in the danger area.
    • 6' Nasri's cross from the right is cut out by Mladen Krstajic in the area.
    • 5' Gibbs again with a strong run down the left but he loses out near the by-line.
    • 4' The rampaging Kieran Gibbs sees his run ended by the anchor man in midfield, Medo.
    • 3' Aleksandar Lazevski cuts out Andrei Arshavin's cheeky backheel intended for Samir Nasri in the penalty area.
    • 2' So we can confirm is a 4-4-2 for Arsenal rather than the usual 4-3-3 with Robin van Persie up top with Marouane Chamakh.
    • 1' And we are underway on a bitterly cold night in London.
    • 19:40 Tonight's referee Paolo Tagliavento from Italy leads the teams out.
    • 19:35 Remember you can also follow the other game in Group H: Shakhtar Donetsk v Sporting Braga: LIVE
    • 19:30 The Gunners should have already been in the last 16, after a 100% record from their opening three Group H games - scoring 14 goals. However, successive away defeats mean a nervous night and a few tense faces around the Emirates tonight.
    • 19:25 But they have few problems going forward with Samir Nasri in superb form. Video: Nasri in profile
    • 19:20 Arsenal have been criticised for a soft backline this season and Andrey Arshavin believes the Gunners need to tighten up. "We struggle all the time in defence. We have to score more than we concede. That's it," said the Russian. "It is very frustrating. We are trying to improve, but we can't. We don't just blame our defenders. Sometimes I can't run, and let defenders cross so the forwards score a goal. It doesn't always depend on defenders. As a team we need to improve defensively."
    • 19:15 For already eliminated Partizan, right-back Aleksandar Miljkovic will take no part after injuring his groin at the weekend, while Ivan Stevanovic (illness) is also an absentee.
    • 19:10 Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny starts after being given the all-clear after a head injury and Holland forward Robin van Persie is also in the starting XI. However, Johan Djourou (thigh) is out as are captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Abou Diaby (ankle) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow). Emmanuel Eboue is on the bench after missing the win over Fulham to protect his recent knee problem.
    • 19:05 TEAMS: Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Gibbs, Nasri, Song, Denilson, Arshavin, van Persie, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Walcott, Wilshere, Eboue, Bendtner /// Partizan Belgrade: Stojkovic, Krstajic, Jovanovic, Medo, Lazevski, Savic, Sasa Ilic, Petrovic, Babovic, Moreira, Cleo. Subs: Radisa Ilic, Stankovic, Brasanac, Davidov, Kizito, Iliev, Smiljanic
    • 19:00 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident his side will progress. Video preview
    • 18:55 Shakhtar only need a point to top Group H and that would mean the Gunners face the prospect of being paired with Schalke 04, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in next Friday's draw for the last 16 even if they do get the result they require tonight.
    • 18:50 Arsenal are certain to qualify if they win and would only be eliminated if Braga gain more points in their last game at Shakhtar Donetsk than the Gunners do at the Emirates.
    • 18:45 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal v Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 83' SAGNA SENT-OFF! Referee Paolo Tagliavento, a hairdresser from Terni in Italy, dismisses the Arsenal right-back after he tangles with Lazevski on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 81' Bendtner plays Walcott in but the sub gets his feet tangled up and the simplest pass to van Persie that would have meant a tap-in is spurned.
    • 77' GOAL ARSENAL!! That is more like the Arsenal you expect. Great quick feet from Song on the edge of the area and the ball falls to Nasri who finishes with aplomb, driving into the bottom corner.
    • 74' GOAL ARSENAL!! That relieves the pressure as Sagna's cross is headed into Walcott's path by Jovanovic and the sub chests the ball down before volleying past Stojkovic from the angle.
    • 73' Moreira dallies on the ball on the edge of his own penalty area but Alex Song curls his effort wide with five Arsenal team-mates waiting for a pass.
    • 72' Good save from Stojkovic as he tips van Persie's whipped free-kick over the crossbar. A good strike but too central.
    • 52' GOAL PARTIZAN!! Sensation at the Emirates as the visitors equalise. Lovely touch from Moreira in the build-up and Cleo is afforded too much space on the edge of the penalty area and his shot takes a deflection off Squillaci and wrong foots Fabianski.
    • 49' Lovely pass from Denilson to Arshavin on the left whose centre is cleared by Krstajic but only into the path of Nasri who blazes over the top from close range. Good chance.
    • 30' GOAL ARSENAL!! Stojkovic guesses the right way but Van Persie's spot kick has too much power and is buried into the corner to give take the lead.
    • 29' Van Persie goes down under a challenge from Marko Jovanovic and the referee points to the spot. There was contact and the Dutch striker went to the ground.
    • 19:05 TEAMS: Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Gibbs, Nasri, Song, Denilson, Arshavin, van Persie, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Walcott, Wilshere, Eboue, Bendtner /// Partizan Belgrade: Stojkovic, Krstajic, Jovanovic, Medo, Lazevski, Savic, Sasa Ilic, Petrovic, Babovic, Moreira, Cleo. Subs: Radisa Ilic, Stankovic, Brasanac, Davidov, Kizito, Iliev, Smiljanic

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    Manager: Arsène Wenger

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    Manager: Aleksander Stanojevic

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