Shakhtar no match for rampant Arsenal

19 October 2010 09:50
Arsenal routed main Group H rivals Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium to maintain their free-scoring start in the Champions League. Five different scorers put the disappointing Ukrainian champions to the sword on a night where the Gunners set a new record of 14 goals from their three group games to date. Captain Cesc Fabregas returned to the starting line-up following a four-week absence with a hamstring injury. Fit-again Theo Walcott was also back on the bench for the home side, while former Arsenal striker Eduardo was named among the Shakhtar substitutes Arsenal dominated from the opening whistle and it was little surprise when they took the lead in the 19th minute. Visiting goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov dropped the ball following a corner and Alex Song scrambled it over the line to begin the rout. Samir Nasri's stinging volley came close to doubling the advantage soon after, but it was 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when the France international profited from a deflected cross, wrong-footed Tomas Hubschmann and slotted home from 12 yards. Luiz Adriano drew a save out of Lukasz Fabianski in the early stages of the second half but the floodgates opened soon after. Luiz Adriano and Daijo Srna wrestled Johan Djourou and Song to the ground from a free-kick and the referee had no alternative but to point to the spot. Fabregas rifled the 60th minute spot-kick high into the back of the net before Arsene Wenger replaced his returning skipper ahead of the weekend encounter with Manchester City. Jack Wilshere made it 4-0 six minutes later he the cool teenager lifted the ball over the advancing keeper after a sublime one-two with Tomas Rosicky. Marouane Chamakh was next to add his name to the list of scorers when he nonchalantly side-footed home from close range after the cutest of chipped passes from Nasri. Even conceding a late goal to Eduardo could not dampen spirits inside the Emirates. The former Gunners striker, who was sold to Shakhtar during the summer, was given a standing ovation from home fans after slotting home a consolation effort for the visitors eight minutes from full-time.

Source: ESA