Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Udinese 1 - Arsenal 2

Arsenal showed their stuff today, qualifying for the Champion's League away at Udinese 2-1 (3-1 on aggregate). The Gunners were dominant in the second half, scoring two very good goals. The first, a simple tap in by Van Persie, was created by the scintillating Gervinho. The second came from nice combination play between Walcott and Sagna. The later laid a perfect through ball at Walcott's feet, which sent the later clear on goal. Walcott took his chance calmly, slotting the ball past the exposed Udinese goalkeeper.

In between the two Arsenal goals, a dubious penalty was given against Thomas Vermaelen, but Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny made a fine save on DiNatali's shot, tipping it up and over the crossbar.

All in all, a fine display from an under-pressure Arsenal side, who showed that they remain a talented side to be contended with even after the departure of two of their best players. Today's qualifying match was immensely important to the entire Gunners organization, which would have lost as much money as they received from Man City for Nasri, had they failed to advance to the group stage of the Champion's League.

Next up: Man U in the League.

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