Tuesday October 19, 2010 Group Stage: Group H Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 5 - 1 Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Song 19’
  • Nasri 42’
  • Fábregas 60’ (pen.)
  • Wilshere 66’
  • Chamakh 69’
  • Eduardo 82’

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  1. Five-star Arsenal smash Shakhtar

    Five-star Arsenal smash Shakhtar

    Arsenal maintained their perfect start to their Champions League Group H campaign with a 5-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Emirates. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • 90'+2 There it is! All over at the Emrirates! And Arsenal romp to a well-deserved 5-1 win over Shakhtar to remain top of Group H!
    • 90'+1 Wilshere looks to slide in Walcott... Pyatov is off his line quickly though and clears his lines!
    • 90' Two minutes of added time to be played....
    • 88' This has been comfortable for the Gunners tonight.... and it looks like they're going through from Group H without any problems.
    • 86' Arsenal have kept 14 clean sheets in 21 Champions league matches at the Emirates.
    • 85' Arsenal have only lost two of their last 35 Champions league home matches and those were both against English opposition.
    • 83' Not sure if Shakhtar deserve that... they've been pretty poor tonight. But who can begrudge Eduardo a goal?
    • 82' GOAL! Shakhtar pull one back and guess who it is? EDUARDO! It's a great finish from the former Arsenal man, a side-footed half-volley! And the Arsenal fans acknowledge it with a standing ovation! Nice all round!
    • 79' Costa looks to wriggle his way through the Arsenal defence, but he's blocked this time.
    • 77' Walcott! Oooh! Amibitious, but not that far away!
    • 76' Rosicky fires over a cross, but it's poor and ball flies out of play.
    • 75' Arsenal are looking like the team we know and love now... having failed to really get going during the first period.
    • 74' Eboue goes for goal! But he's well wide with his shot... not that Arsenal fans in the ground care.
    • 72' Walcott comes on for Chamakh, and Arshavin replaces Nasri.... all players get a big ovation.
    • 70' Five-nil.... strange because Arsenal have only really found top gear over the past five minutes or so...
    • 69' GOAL! ARSENAL HAVE A FIFTH! It's Chamakh who gets it, finishing after being found by Nasri's lovely clipped pass through! There's a huge hint of offside - Chamakh even can't believe he's onside - but replays show the assistant to have been spot on!
    • 68' Walcott's coming on in a moment...
    • 67' Gai off, Jadson on as Shakhtar make another change.
    • 66' GOAL! AND WHAT A GOAL IT IS! Wilshere finishes off a beautiful passing move involving Denilson, Chamakh and Fabregas, the latter who plays a wall pass with the youngster... he does the rest, clipping the ball over the advancing Pyatov with aplomb! Brilliant!
    • 64' That's a lovely reception for Eduardo from the Emirates faithful... he deserves that after what he went through there...
    • 63' Time for a change now as Fabregas is replaced by Denilson... Shakhtar also make a change as Adriano is replaced by Eduardo!
    • 61' Yet more dodgy defending from Shakhtar there... it almost beggars belief that they had not let in a goal in the tournament before tonight.
    • 60' GOAL! FABREGAS MAKES NO MISTAKE! And Arsenal lead 3-0!
    • 59' Adriano is booked for his crime...
    • 59' PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Adriano hauls down Song in the box as a free-kick is lofted over towards them and the ref points to the spot!
    • 57' Fabregas is caught by Hubschman who body checks the Gunners' captain. The Czech midfielder is booked.
    • 56' Djourou takes a risk with a turn on the edge of his penalty area as Luiz Adriano lurks...
    • 55' Costa wins a free-kick after a Clichy push on him.... he looks like a decent enough player, the Brazilian, who was wanted by Manchester United last summer.
    • 54' Chants of 'Theo, Theo' go up as the returning Walcott warms up on the touchline.
    • 53' The flag goes up as the ball finds Rat on the far side... that's a shame because it's not him who was in an offside position.
    • 51' Eboue finds himself well forward now, on the edge of the visitors' box... but he can't quite fashion a shooting chance and Shakhtar clear.
    • 50' But it's poor and straight into the Arsenal wall...
    • 49' Douglas Costa wins a free-kick and Shakhtar have a free-kick in a dangerous position...
    • 48' That should serve as a suitable warning for Arsenal.... they need to keep tight at the back or they will be punished.
    • 47' Luiz Adriano is through here! Real chance for the visitors to get back into the game after Song is caught in possession by Mkhitaryan! He plays in the Brazilian but Fabianski is equal to his effort! Great save from the much-maligned keeper!
    • 46' One change to tell you about at the break... Shakhtar have brought on Brazilian Douglas Costa for Willian...
    • 46' Here we go again... back under way at the Emirates...
    • 45'+1 There goes the whistle and Arsenal head in at the break 2-0 up!
    • 45' One minute of added time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' And to think Shakhtar hadn't conceded in the competition before tonight! First Pyatov's gaffe and then some weak defending from Srna suggest that they're not that strong at the back at all..
    • 43' Arsenal have the cushion they wanted! They haven't even really got out of third gear tonight yet they still find themselves two up going into the break.
    • 42' GOAL! NASRI MAKES IT TWO! It's a cracking finish from the Frenchman who controls Song's deflected cross, taking it past Srna in the process, before firing past Pyatov!
    • 42' Rat fires over the bar now as Shakhtar finally cause some concern in the Arsenal back line...
    • 41' It goes to the near post and Hubschman but he can't control it and the ball is cleared.
    • 40' Teixeira wins a corner for Shakhtar! It's their first of the night... could be danger here...
    • 39' Kucher plays the ball out of play as another Shakhtar move ends in nothing...
    • 38' Nothing much happening at the moment... but here goes Nasri who lays it off for Clichy to deliver a cross... overhit and the move breaks down.
    • 36' The Gunners look to buld from the back.... Wilshere is the architect, sitting just outside the centre circle as they look for a way through.
    • 35' Rat piles into the back of Rosicky and Arsenal have a free-kick...
    • 34' But here they come now with Mkhitaryan who crosses into the box... Djourou clears but only as far as Srna... but the opposition skipper can't do anything with it and the move breaks down.
    • 33' Shakhtar aren't really at the races at the moment... it's difficult to see where an equaliser is going to come from.
    • 32' Arsenal have won penalties in six of their last nine Champions league games at the Emirates Stadium and each of their last three.
    • 31' Wilshere loses his boot as he marauds forward... Fabregas is pulled up for a foul on Teixeira moments later.
    • 30' Luiz Adriano is pulled up for handball in the Arsenal box....
    • 29' Arsenal are bossing things at the moment... in fact, Fabianski has hardly had a thing to do all night.
    • 28' There have been six penalties in the last five Champions League matches involving Arsenal.
    • 27' Rosicky hits the deck in the box... but it's nothing more than a shoulder barge from Rat and the ref waves play on.
    • 26' Wilshere is late on Hubschman... the referee decides to have a word with the youngster rather than book him, which he would have been well within his rights to do.
    • 25' Chamakh too is looking the real deal tonight. His aerial power has given the Shakhtar defence a few problems already.
    • 24' Nasri gets the better of Srna on the Arsenal left... his delivery in the end is poor but the Frenchman looks up for it tonight!
    • 23' NASRI! Oooh! Close to a second for Arsenal as Chamakh wins another header... he knocks it down for Nasri who fires on target! This time Pyatov's handling is better and he holds on to make the save!
    • 22' Perhaps the rainfall in London earlier in the day can be blamed by the keeper Pyatov? Or maybe he's just rubbish.
    • 21' The Gunners have now scored 20 goals in their last five Champions League home matches.
    • 20' That's a real slice of fortune for the Gunners, but nothing less than they deserved, given their possession tonight.
    • 19' GOAL! SONG PUTS ARSENAL AHEAD! It's a gift from the keeper who drops a simple take at the feet of Djourou... he slides in and knocks it forward to Song who attempts a fancy flick on goal from two yards out.... it's blocked but the Cameroon international is lucky and the ball rebounds back off him and into the back of the net! 1-0 Arsenal!
    • 19' Nasri clips in a cross... Chamakh's there but the ball skims off a Shakhtar head before he can make contact....
    • 18' Chamakh wins another header, this time to Fabregas as Arsenal probe the visitors' defence further...
    • 17' Arsenal have kept 14 clean sheets in 21 Champions League matches at the Emirates.
    • 16' Chamakh wins a towering header to direct the ball to Rosicky... he plays it back to the striker but his touch lets him down and Shakhtar clear to safety.
    • 15' Arsenal take a step higher up the pitch and their pressure is rewarded as a Shakhtar clearance balloons out of play.
    • 14' Teixeira's cross is only half headed away by Eboue... it falls to Rat who takes one touch and lets fly! But it's not the best shot ever seen at the Emirates and Fabianski isn't troubled.
    • 13' Rosicky and Chamakh link up well before Eboue also gets involved... it goes inside to Wilshere who's urged by the crowd to shoot... he doesn't and Shakhtar eventually get the ball clear.
    • 12' Shakhtar fans in the stands have got their shirts off... it's hardly tropical out there tonight!
    • 11' Wilshere probes forward again, but this time there's no movement ahead of him and he's forced to play backwards.
    • 10' Fabregas clips over a cross for Chamakh... it's just a touch too high for the Morocoo international!
    • 9' Wilshere gets on the ball... he slips it to Fabregas but the move breaks down just as quickly as it formed.
    • 8' Chamakh gives Kucher a push in the back after having lost the ball to him... free-kick to the visitors.
    • 7' Kucher takes it, a long ball forward, but Eboue is there to claim and Arsenal regain possession easily enough.
    • 6' Fabregas goes in late on Teixeira and Shakhtar will have a free-kick out on the far side.
    • 5' Willian plays a terrible pass across the pitch.... fortunately for him Kucher bravely slides in to win the ball before Rosicky can get there.
    • 4' Fabregas weaves off on a forward run... he ghosts past one man but is shoulder checked by Hubschman immediately after... play on says the ref.
    • 3' Shakhtar's kit is a little like Manchester City's away strip... it's nice.
    • 2' Arsenal settle into their passing game quickly, although Nasri's little poke through doesn't reach its intended target of Wilshere in the end.
    • 1' Here we go then! Under way at the Emirates!
    • 19:44 Tonight's referee is Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway).
    • 19:43 Here come Arsenal, led by Fabregas, to a rapturous reception. Shakhtar's skipper is Dario Srna, the experienced Croatia international.
    • 19:42 The teams are lining up in the tunnel... Arsenal are in their traditional red and white while the visitors are in their change kit of white shirts with an orange and black stripe across the front.
    • 19:40 Eduardo scored in his only match at the Emirates Stadium as an opposition player against Arsenal in the Champions League qualifiers. That goal was the first in European football at the Gunners' new stadium.
    • 19:35 Of course, there has been some other news today, something about a player called Rooney. Where will he end up? Surely not Manchester City?
    • 19:30 "I like Shakhtar, like Arsenal they play great football, dynamic and quick. Arsenal should beat them, but this could be a beautiful game for the neutral." paulc201019 has high hopes for the game. Let's hope so.
    • 19:25 "We Still NEED! a GOALKEEPER. This line up looks good but not sure about the 2 centre halfs." reader s.millerick is fairly confident ahead of kick-off, although the pairing of Squillaci and Djourou are giving cause for concern.
    • 19:20 Former Arsenal ace Eduardo settles for a place on the bench at his old home for Shakhtar while Douglas Costa joins him on his comeback from injury. Brazilian playmaker Fernandinho is out with a broken leg.
    • 19:15 So, Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas returns to the starting XI, though Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott, also returning from injury, have to settle for places on the bench. Centre-half Laurent Koscielny (back), Bacary Sagna (thigh), goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), midfielder Aaron Ramsey (leg) and forward Robin van Persie(ankle) are still out.
    • 19:10 The teams are in... ARSENAL: Fabianski, Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Rosicky, Fabregas, Nasri, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Diaby, Walcott, Denilson, Arshavin, Gibbs, Bendtner /// SHAKHTAR DONETSK: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat, Gai, Hubschman, Mkhitaryan, Alex Teixeira, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Khudzamov, Jadson, Eduardo, Kobin, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Chygrynskiy.
    • 19:05 Arsenal have only lost two of their last 35 Champions league home matches and those were both against English opposition.
    • 19:00 Arsenal have won three of their four Champions league home games against Ukrainian opposition, the exception being a 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev played at Wembley Stadium in 1998.
    • 18:55 The Gunners opened their campaign with a 6-0 thumping of Sporting Braga before following that win up with a 3-1 victory over Partizan Belgrade. Shakhtar meanwhile saw off the Serbian side 1-0 before dispatching Braga 3-0 away from home.
    • 18:50 Something has to give tonight with both sides boasting 100 per cent records in the competition so far and six points from a possible six.
    • 18:45 Arsenal welcome Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk to the Emirates for their Champions League Group H encounter.
  • Summary

    • 82' GOAL! Shakhtar pull one back and guess who it is? EDUARDO! It's a great finish from the former Arsenal man, a side-footed half-volley! And the Arsenal fans acknowledge it with a standing ovation! Nice all round!
    • 69' GOAL! ARSENAL HAVE A FIFTH! It's Chamakh who gets it, finishing after being found by Nasri's lovely clipped pass through! There's a huge hint of offside - Chamakh even can't believe he's onside - but replays show the assistant to have been spot on!
    • 66' GOAL! AND WHAT A GOAL IT IS! Wilshere finishes off a beautiful passing move involving Denilson, Chamakh and Fabregas, the latter who plays a wall pass with the youngster... he does the rest, clipping the ball over the advancing Pyatov with aplomb! Brilliant!
    • 60' GOAL! FABREGAS MAKES NO MISTAKE! And Arsenal lead 3-0!
    • 59' PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Adriano hauls down Song in the box as a free-kick is lofted over towards them and the ref points to the spot!
    • 47' Luiz Adriano is through here! Real chance for the visitors to get back into the game after Song is caught in possession by Mkhitaryan! He plays in the Brazilian but Fabianski is equal to his effort! Great save from the much-maligned keeper!
    • 42' GOAL! NASRI MAKES IT TWO! It's a cracking finish from the Frenchman who controls Song's deflected cross, taking it past Srna in the process, before firing past Pyatov!
    • 23' NASRI! Oooh! Close to a second for Arsenal as Chamakh wins another header... he knocks it down for Nasri who fires on target! This time Pyatov's handling is better and he holds on to make the save!
    • 19' GOAL! SONG PUTS ARSENAL AHEAD! It's a gift from the keeper who drops a simple take at the feet of Djourou... he slides in and knocks it forward to Song who attempts a fancy flick on goal from two yards out.... it's blocked but the Cameroon international is lucky and the ball rebounds back off him and into the back of the net! 1-0 Arsenal!
    • 19:10 The teams are in... ARSENAL: Fabianski, Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Rosicky, Fabregas, Nasri, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Diaby, Walcott, Denilson, Arshavin, Gibbs, Bendtner /// SHAKHTAR DONETSK: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat, Gai, Hubschman, Mkhitaryan, Alex Teixeira, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Khudzamov, Jadson, Eduardo, Kobin, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Chygrynskiy.

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    Manager: Arsène Wenger

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    Manager: Mircea Lucescu

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