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  • Date:08 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • van Persie - pen (29) Walcott (72) Nasri (76)
  • Cleo (51)
Goal!

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92mins

Mohamed Medo fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick. Mladen Krstajic has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

91mins

Darko Brasanac joins the action as a substitute, replacing Almani Moreira. The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Vladimir Stojkovic.

90mins

Foul by Mohamed Medo on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded. Emmanuel Eboue takes the direct free kick.

89mins

Radosav Petrovic produces a cross, Samir Nasri manages to make a clearance.

86mins

Bacary Sagna shown a red card. Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Lazevski. Radosav Petrovic has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Lukasz Fabianski. Cordova Cleo takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.

85mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neves Denilson on Radosav Petrovic. Stefan Savic restarts play with the free kick.

80mins

(Partizan Belgrade) makes a substitution, with Aleksandar Davidov coming on for Stefan Babovic.

79mins

Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri to the near post, Marko Jovanovic manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Emmanuel Eboue gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stefan Babovic. Mohamed Medo restarts play with the free kick.

77mins

Samir Nasri grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Partizan Belgrade.The assist for the goal came from Alex Song.

76mins

Nicklas Bendtner comes on in place of Marouane Chamakh. Foul by Mohamed Medo on Emmanuel Eboue, awarded.

76mins

Marouane Chamakh leaves the field to be replaced by Nicklas Bendtner. Emmanuel Eboue fouled by Mohamed Medo, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.

73mins

Theo Walcott scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Partizan Belgrade.Assist on the goal came from Bacary Sagna.

72mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Alex Song goes wide of the left-hand upright.

70mins

Mladen Krstajic goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Mladen Krstajic on Theo Walcott. Robin van Persie produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Vladimir Stojkovic. Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Mladen Krstajic makes a clearance.

69mins

Centre by Samir Nasri, Alexander Lazevski manages to make a clearance.

68mins

A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott, Mladen Krstajic makes a clearance.

67mins

Theo Walcott comes on in place of Andrey Arshavin. Marouane Chamakh fouled by Mohamed Medo, the ref awards a .

67mins

Theo Walcott is brought on as a substitute for Andrey Arshavin. Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Medo on Marouane Chamakh. Free kick crossed by Samir Nasri, clearance by Cordova Cleo.

66mins

Mohamed Medo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.

64mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Almani Moreira. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

63mins

Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save.

63mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Mladen Krstajic makes a clearance.

62mins

Centre by Samir Nasri, blocked by Stefan Savic.

60mins

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna.

58mins

Marouane Chamakh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cordova Cleo. Stefan Babovic crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Marouane Chamakh. Sasa Ilic produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

58mins

Laurent Koscielny challenges Almani Moreira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mladen Krstajic.

57mins

The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna.

53mins

Cordova Cleo produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

52mins

Cordova Cleo grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Partizan Belgrade.Assist by Almani Moreira.

50mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefan Babovic on Neves Denilson. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.

48mins

Samir Nasri produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

46mins

Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Marko Jovanovic.

46mins

A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, Marko Jovanovic manages to make a clearance.

45mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Almani Moreira by Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Mohamed Medo.

38mins

Radosav Petrovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.

38mins

Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Almani Moreira. Direct free kick taken by Almani Moreira. Effort from 35 yards by Mohamed Medo went wide of the right-hand upright.

37mins

Samir Nasri produces a cross, Robin van Persie has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

37mins

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Marko Jovanovic.

36mins

The ball is delivered by Stefan Savic, clearance made by Alex Song.

34mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, Unfair challenge on Vladimir Stojkovic by Alex Song results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Vladimir Stojkovic.

33mins

The ball is crossed by Emmanuel Eboue, clearance by Mladen Krstajic.

32mins

Samir Nasri is caught offside. Vladimir Stojkovic takes the indirect free kick.

32mins

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Mladen Krstajic manages to make a clearance.

30mins

Penalty scored by Robin van Persie. Arsenal 1-0 Partizan Belgrade.Marko Jovanovic gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie.

26mins

Stefan Babovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andrey Arshavin, clearance by Mladen Krstajic.

23mins

Emmanuel Eboue joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kieran Gibbs.

21mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mladen Krstajic by Marouane Chamakh. Vladimir Stojkovic takes the indirect free kick.

19mins

Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

13mins

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Marouane Chamakh produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

10mins

Robin van Persie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Vladimir Stojkovic restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Mladen Krstajic gets a block in.

8mins

Samir Nasri sends in a cross, Mladen Krstajic makes a clearance.

6mins

The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Mladen Krstajic.

4mins

Mladen Krstajic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Neves Denilson takes the free kick.

The referee gets the game started.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Andrey Arshavin maintains Arsenal must improve as a defensive unit - and until that happens, Arsene Wenger's men just have to score more than they let in.

The Gunners went top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday. However, it was anything but a convincing rearguard display from Wenger's men, who are without injured centre-back Thomas Vermaelen until the New Year.

Arsenal have been criticised for an apparent soft backline this season, which saw them beaten in their last two Champions League away games to leave qualification for the knockout stage dependant on beating Group H whipping Partizan Belgrade at Emirates Stadium tomorrow night.

Arshavin, who has six goals so far, believes the Gunners need to tighten up if they are to push on and have a successful campaign.

"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."

Arshavin believes while Arsenal have blown their chances of finishing top of the group to secure seeding for the knockout stage, the Gunners should not fear anybody.

"I think we have no chance of topping the group," he said.

"It is disappointing, but we always knew Shakhtar and Braga were good teams, especially at home. Unfortunately they showed that against us.

"We will get a difficult draw, but Arsenal want to win the Champions League and if you want to win it you have to play the best teams, like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"It doesn't matter if it's in the last 16, quarter-finals or semi-finals."

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been given the all-clear to feature after a head injury. However, fellow defender Johan Djourou (thigh) will be rested and Emmanuel Eboue comes back into the squad after missing the win over Fulham to protect his recent knee problem.

Captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) remains out, along with Vermaelen (Achilles), Abou Diaby (ankle) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow).

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager:

Partizan Belgrade

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Samir Nasri
  • Alex Song
  • Neves Denilson
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Robin van Persie
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • SUBS
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Carlos Alberto Vela
  • Theo Walcott
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Emmanuel Eboue
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Gunners through as runners-up Arsenal moved into the last 16 of the Champions League with a laboured 3-1 win over Group H whipping boys Partizan Belgrade at the Emirates Stadium. Successive away defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk and Braga had left the Gunners - who opened their European campaign with three straight victories - still needing a result to secure safe passage through to the knockout stages for the 11th successive season. After a lacklustre start, Robin van Persie fired the home side ahead from the penalty spot - his first goal of the season - and after Cleo had netted a shock equaliser, substitute Theo Walcott volleyed Arsenal back into the lead before man-of-the-moment Samir Nasri swept home a third. Arsenal finished the game with 10 men when defender Bacary Sagna was shown a red card for a professional foul on 85 minutes. Despite maintaining a 100% home record, Arsene Wenger knows those poor away performances could yet come back to haunt his side, who finished runners-up to Shakhtar and so will face either Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Schalke in the last 16. Van Persie, taking the captain's armband in the absence of the injured Cesc Fabregas, was deployed in a deeper role behind Marouane Chamakh, with Nasri out wide but with a license to roam. However, despite having plenty of possession, Arsenal lacked any real creativity while Almami Moreira looked lively for the visitors, whose only goal in the Champions League so far had come against Arsenal in Belgrade. Nasri - whose fine brace against Fulham had sent Arsenal top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday - crafted an opening from the right when his cross was headed over by Chamakh. On 15 minutes, full-back Kieran Gibbs turned his ankle badly and was taken off on a stretcher, but managed to return to the action only to eventually be replaced by Emmanuel Eboue. As the half-hour mark approached, Arsenal - who travel to Manchester United on Monday night - were gifted the opening goal when Marko Jovanovic upended van Persie after Alex Song had burst into the Partizan penalty area. The Dutchman took the spot-kick himself to fire home his first goal since the final day of last season. Partizan - nicknamed the Steamrollers and who had lost all five European ties so far - could easily have let their heads drop, but continued to try to attack. Brazilian striker Cleo got clear down the right, but his cross into the danger zone was hacked away. Van Persie played in Chamakh when he capitalised on a mistake by captain Mladen Krstajic, but for once this season the 10-goal Moroccan got the ball stuck under his feet and keeper Vladimir Stojkovic collected. Given his current form, Nasri would have been expected to bury the ball when it dropped to him from van Persie's knockdown some 10 yards out at the start of the second half - but the French midfielder fired his shot high over the bar. Arsenal's defensive frailties were exposed again when Partizan scored a shock equaliser on 52 minutes. The ball was worked down the left and then through to Cleo, some 20 yards out. He was given the space to turn and fire a shot goalwards, which deflected off the lunging Sebastien Squillaci and looped over Lukasz Fabianski. The atmosphere was flat as the home fans became somewhat anxious another disappointment lay ahead. With 24 minutes left, Wenger looked to inject fresh life into the attack as he sent on Walcott, replacing the ineffective Andrey Arshavin. The England winger was blocked on the edge of the area by Krstajic, which earned the Partizan skipper a yellow card. Nasri whipped the free-kick over the wall, with Stojkovic making a fingertip save. The keeper, though, could do little as, on 73 minutes, Walcott lobbed the ball into the far corner after it fell to him on the right side of the area. Chamakh was replaced by Nicklas Bendtner and the Dane had a hand in Arsenal's third after a neat exchange of passes with Song on the edge of the area fed Nasri - and the Frenchman sidestepped his marker as he swept the ball into the far corner. There was late drama as Sagna was sent off for tripping Alexander Lazevski after being deemed last man by Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento. Radosav Petrovic struck the free-kick, right on the edge of the area, goalwards - but Fabianski made a fine save.

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