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Post  Guest on Wed 16 Sep - 23:47

BBC Sport Standard Liege 2-3 Arsenal By Sam Lyon

Eduardo pounced in the final 10 minutes as Arsenal came back from two goals down to beat Standard Liege in a thrilling Champions League encounter. The striker bundled in a corner minutes after Thomas Vermaelenís scruffy equaliser to complete the comeback. That was after Liege took a shock early two goal lead when Eliaquim Mangala shot in and Milan Jovanovic scored from the sport after William Gallasís foul. But Nicklas Bendtner slid in for 2-1 and Arsenal went on to snatch the win.

The Gunners left it late, though, after producing a performance some way short of their explosive and penetrative best. Liege may feel somewhat hard done by having repelled Arsenal for large periods of the match with a determined, disciplined defensive display that had looked like frustrating their exalted opponents until the dramatic finale. And they will point to the fact that Alex Song, who set up Vermaelen for the Gunners critical equalizer, looked offside and as if he handled the ball before laying the ball into the defenderís path to score.

However, it is hard to argue Arsenal did not deserve at least a point out of a game they controlled for all of the first five minutes. The Londoners entered the match as firm favorites but Liege are not without pedigree themselves, as they showed in running Liverpool close in last seasonís Champions League qualifying round before going on to dump Everton out of the Uefa Cup. And, as it turned out, the hosts could not have hoped for a better start.

Eduardo, in the starting line-up after his two match European suspension was rescinded this week, was the guilty party, the Brazilianís unnecessary attempted back heel on the edge of the Arsenal box falling to Mangala, who lashed into the near post past Champions League debutant keeper Vito Mannone.

Then, almost directly from the restart, Jovanovic drove at the Arsenal defence before going down in the box under Gallasís clumsy swipe, the top scorer in the Belgian league this season picking himself up to slot in the spot kick. The Maurice Dufrasne Stadium was in dreamland, and Arsenal were visibly rocked, struggling to knit together their complex passing game in the face of an increasingly determined Liege defence.

Eduardo had a neat turn and shot blocked and Bendtner flashed wide, but the Gunners rarely looked like regaining the composure that had deserted them since Mangalaís opener. That was until just before the break and Bendtnerís crucial goal, the Dane running on to Diabyís flicked past to slide home his first of the season and give the visitors renewed hope going into half time.

In a frantic start to the second half, either side could have added to their tally, Dieudonne Mbokani seeing his goalbound shot blocked by Gael Clichy and Bendtner denied a shot on goal when through at the other end by a fabulous saving tackle from Mangala. But despite Tomas Rosicky impressing on his return to the starting line up for the first time since January, Arsenal still struggled to trouble home keeper Sinan Bolat, despite their wealth of possession. However, with the clock ticking towards the final 10 minutes, the Londoners finally drew level Ė Vermaelen poking home from a yard after Song had prodded back into the box from Cesc Fabregasís deep free kick.

Liege complained vociferously about Songís role on the goal, but there were no doubts about Eduardoís winner Ė the Croatian bundling home Fabregasís corner from close range on the volley with just nine minutes remaining. It was a dramatic finale that stunned Liege, and perhaps answered a few critics who have argued this young Arsenal side can no longer grind out results when not at their best. And with this fifth season out of six that the Gunners have opened their Champions League group stages account with a win, few will argue they are not capable of at least matching last seasonís run to the semi finals.

WELL DONE ARSENAL

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Sep - 23:34

phew..only just!? Against what are considered 'championship' opposition... :oopsi:

couldn't beat man city? hmmm...struggling cherri methinks :risas:

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Sep - 23:59

merely a blip Stim, nothing to worry about, they have had a lot going on and simply lost a bit of concentration but now we will see them totally focused and moving forward stronger than ever!

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Post  Guest on Fri 18 Sep - 22:51

hypnotised..still

well you will struggle to hold fifth place this season....

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Post  Guest on Fri 18 Sep - 23:26

you are seriously deluded Chelsea will struggle this year to get in the top 3 - 4th or 5th for them, Arsenal will be winners of the Premiership or at least second. :Wave:

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Post  Guest on Sat 19 Sep - 9:45

nah, fourth. third would be a result.

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Post  Guest on Sat 19 Sep - 15:13

I predict they will definitely be in the top three, lets hope the hammers do well this season marky.

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Post  Guest on Sat 19 Sep - 17:20

ARSENAL 4 WIGAN 0 BBC Sport 19 September 09

Arsenal produced an incisive attacking display to cruise to an impressive victory against a lackluste Wigan.

Thomas Vermaelen rose to head the Gunners into the lead form a corner before curling in his, and the Gunners second from the edge of the box.

Arsenalís third was struck initially by Eduardo but found the net courtesy of a deflection from Emmanual Eboue, who may well ultimately claim it.

Cesc Fabregasí back heel finish in injury time crowned a superb win.


Arsenal are certainly back on top form! :Wave:

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Post  Guest on Sun 20 Sep - 20:25

damn shame they cant produce the same display against harder opposition...thus their position 5-6th

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Post  Guest on Mon 21 Sep - 22:40

Well just wait till we play Chelsea Stim - they will be all over you and you will get a right thrashing

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Post  Guest on Tue 22 Sep - 0:14

Cherry wrote:Well just wait till we play Chelsea Stim - they will be all over you and you will get a right thrashing





:Paulas BBQ:

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Post  Lioned on Mon 28 Sep - 18:43

The Ar$e have got loads of money................

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Post  Lioned on Thu 1 Oct - 23:32

Yes ,they all pretend to support premiershit teams but would really like to support proper working class footie teams like Millwall and Derby and Porthmadog.

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