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  • Date:19 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Song (18) Nasri (41)
    Fabregas - pen (59) Wilshere (65)
    Chamakh (68)
  • Eduardo (81)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:49 +1.49

Neves Denilson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

91:29 +1.29

The ball is crossed by Darijo Srna.

91:14 +1.14

De Souza Douglas Costa takes a outswinging corner.

90:32 +0.32

Rodrigues Jadson sends in a cross.

89:53

Centre by Theo Walcott, clearance made by Olexander Kucher.

89:20

De Souza Douglas Costa produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

88:40

Effort from outside the area by Gael Clichy goes wide right of the goal.

86:28

The ball is sent over by de Souza Douglas Costa, clearance by Johan Djourou.

85:16

Foul by Andrey Arshavin on Darijo Srna, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.

81:26

Da Silva Eduardo finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk.Assist by Rodrigues Jadson.

80:19

Santos Alex Teixeira concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Tomas Rosicky takes the direct free kick.

78:19

De Souza Douglas Costa takes a shot. Johan Djourou gets a block in.

77:57

The ball is sent over by Darijo Srna, clearance made by Johan Djourou.

77:35

Gael Clichy sends in a cross, save by Andrei Pyatov.

77:22

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Andrei Pyatov makes a save.

76:34

Centre by Tomas Rosicky.

76:12

Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a shot. Johan Djourou gets a block in.

76:03

De Souza Douglas Costa delivers the ball, clearance by Johan Djourou.

75:03

Da Silva Eduardo is ruled offside. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.

74:17

Emmanuel Eboue has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

72:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Song by Tomas Hubschman. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.

71:15

Theo Walcott replaces Marouane Chamakh. Andrey Arshavin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Samir Nasri.

70:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Chamakh on Razvan Rat. Free kick taken by Razvan Rat.

68:50

Goal scored by Marouane Chamakh from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 5-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.Assist on the goal came from Samir Nasri.

68:32

The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy.

66:55

Da Silva Eduardo is caught offside. Rodrigues Jadson is brought on as a substitute for Oleksiy Gai. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

65:20

A goal is scored by Jack Wilshere from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.Assist on the goal came from Tomas Rosicky.

62:24

Da Silva Eduardo on for da Silva Luiz Adriano.

62:09

Francesc Fabregas leaves the field to be replaced by Neves Denilson.

57:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Hubschman on Francesc Fabregas. Tomas Hubschman is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Samir Nasri crosses the ball in from the free kick, Johan Djourou fouled by da Silva Luiz Adriano, the ref awards a Penalty. Da Silva Luiz Adriano is booked. Placed penalty scored by Francesc Fabregas. Arsenal 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.

56:45

Centre by Tomas Rosicky, Razvan Rat gets a block in.

55:51

The official flags Marouane Chamakh offside. Olexander Kucher takes the indirect free kick.

54:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on de Souza Douglas Costa by Gael Clichy. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.

53:58

Alex Song challenges Oleksiy Gai unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darijo Srna takes the free kick.

53:09

The official flags Santos Alex Teixeira offside. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.

51:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Razvan Rat by Francesc Fabregas. Andrei Pyatov takes the free kick.

51:20

Francesc Fabregas fouled by Olexander Kucher, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the direct free kick.

50:40

Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on de Souza Douglas Costa. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.

50:40

Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on de Souza Douglas Costa. Darijo Srna delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Gael Clichy.

49:38

Unfair challenge on da Silva Luiz Adriano by Johan Djourou results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Oleksiy Gai.

46:37

Olexander Kucher takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

46:23

Da Silva Luiz Adriano takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.

45:54

Johan Djourou concedes a free kick for a foul on da Silva Luiz Adriano. Direct free kick taken by Oleksiy Gai.

45:01

De Souza Douglas Costa joins the action as a substitute, replacing da Silva Willian.

41:50

A cross is delivered by Alex Song, Samir Nasri grabs a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.Alex Song provided the assist for the goal.

41:37

Francesc Fabregas fouled by Razvan Rat, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick.

40:32

Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a shot. Corner taken right-footed by Santos Alex Teixeira. Razvan Rat has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target. Gael Clichy gets a block in.

40:06

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by da Silva Luiz Adriano from the right by-line, clearance by Johan Djourou.

39:57

Centre by Santos Alex Teixeira, Gael Clichy gets a block in.

38:26

The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, Razvan Rat makes a clearance.

34:54

Tomas Rosicky fouled by Razvan Rat, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.

33:44

Foul by Darijo Srna on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.

33:32

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sends in a cross, Sebastien Squillaci manages to make a clearance.

31:57

Foul by Francesc Fabregas on Darijo Srna, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.

30:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Djourou on da Silva Luiz Adriano. Free kick taken by da Silva Luiz Adriano.

30:18

Santos Alex Teixeira fouled by Francesc Fabregas, the ref awards a free kick. Olexander Kucher takes the free kick.

29:21

Da Silva Luiz Adriano handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

27:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Santos Alex Teixeira. Free kick taken by Samir Nasri.

26:50

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Razvan Rat. Razvan Rat takes the free kick.

24:43

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Hubschman. Direct free kick taken by Olexander Kucher.

24:07

Centre by Samir Nasri, clearance by Olexander Kucher.

23:46

Santos Alex Teixeira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

22:55

Santos Alex Teixeira handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.

22:15

Shot by Samir Nasri. Save by Andrei Pyatov.

21:33

Yaroslav Rakitskiy challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

20:45

Alex Song sends in a cross, Yaroslav Rakitskiy manages to make a clearance.

20:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Razvan Rat. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri from right wing, clearance by Razvan Rat.

19:47

Razvan Rat concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

18:42

Alex Song finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.

18:16

Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

18:03

Samir Nasri delivers the ball, clearance made by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.

16:44

The official flags Darijo Srna offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

15:47

Unfair challenge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan by Emmanuel Eboue results in a free kick. Razvan Rat takes the direct free kick.

15:32

Francesc Fabregas delivers the ball, save made by Andrei Pyatov.

15:13

The ball is swung over by Francesc Fabregas.

13:10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sends in a cross. Shot from outside the area by Razvan Rat misses to the left of the target.

11:38

Centre by Francesc Fabregas.

11:17

Francesc Fabregas decides to take a short corner.

8:54

The ball is swung over by Francesc Fabregas.

8:38

Oleksiy Gai gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

7:00

Marouane Chamakh challenges Olexander Kucher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Santos Alex Teixeira.

5:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan by Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Olexander Kucher.

5:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Santos Alex Teixeira by Francesc Fabregas. Olexander Kucher restarts play with the free kick.

3:07

Foul by Marouane Chamakh on Oleksiy Gai, free kick awarded. Santos Alex Teixeira takes the direct free kick.

The game gets underway.

It is the end of the first-half.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not yet decided whether to gamble on captain Cesc Fabregas for the Champions League Group H clash against Shakhtar Donetsk at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners skipper has not featured since September 18 after suffering a hamstring problem when scoring at Sunderland as the ball was kicked against his leg before ballooning over the keeper.

Without their talismanic midfielder, Arsenal lost successive Barclays Premier League matches before the international break, although they returned to winning ways against Birmingham at the weekend.

In Europe, however, Wenger's men maintained their 100% start following a hard-earned 3-1 victory at Partizan Belgrade.

With Shakhtar - who signed Croatia forward Eduardo from Arsenal in the summer - also having picked up six points, Tuesday night's encounter could all but guarantee one side safe passage into the knockout stage.

Wenger, though, will give plenty of thought as to whether he should throw Fabregas straight back into the action.

"Cesc has prepared well. He had a little setback, but got over the hurdle and is ready to play at full fitness, but whether I start him or not, I do not know yet," Wenger said.

"It will be whether I take a gamble or not, because he has been out for a long time.

"But physically he is ready and fit - and wanting to play."

Wenger continued: "You know his influence on our team, he is our leader, our passer, he has a good level of assists and a good goalscoring record.

"Ideally you want him in the team."

Shakhtar are yet to concede a goal in Europe and domestically have recorded 15 wins out of 17 games. Wenger is certainly not taking the Ukrainians' challenge lightly.

"In this group until now you had 12 points at stake - six went to Shakhtar, six went to Arsenal. That means what is at stake is the qualifying and also the top of the group, which is why it is a very important game.

"It is a key game because it gives us an opportunity to basically think we have qualified."

Wenger added: "Shakhtar are on a good winning run, they are dominating their league, they have just won 3-0 at Braga.

"We are on our toes. We know that only a great performance will win us the game."

Eduardo ended a three-year stay at Arsenal when he moved to Donetsk during the summer in a £6million deal, having found himself pushed down the pecking order following the free transfer signing of Marouane Chamakh.

Wenger admits it was somewhat emotional to see the Brazil-born forward leave, the 27-year-old having fought his way back to full fitness following an horrific broken leg and dislocated ankle at Birmingham in February 2008.

"I will be happy and sad to see Eduardo," said the Arsenal manager.

"Happy because he was always a fantastic boy with a fantastic mentality, he just had the class of an Arsenal player, and sad because I worked very hard to get him here and he left with the feeling that he could not completely fulfil the promise he had in the first season.

"That was basically down to the fact he was injured for a long time and somebody else moved in front of him."

England youngster Jack Wilshere is available despite his red card against Birmingham on Saturday, which will see the 18-year-old midfielder serve a three-match domestic ban. Much has been made of the incident, particularly given Wenger's personal crusade against over-the-top challenges.

The Arsenal manager, though, hopes to now draw a line under the issue.

"Jack quickly acknowledged that he made a mistake and deserved a red card and what more can you say?" Wenger stressed.

"When a player comes out and sees his mistake, there is always a good chance to progress and improve.

"For me, the big players have one common thing together, which is a good assessment of their performance.

"Sometimes at that age you can think you are always right. It was quite a surprise that so soon after the game he came out like that."

Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are also included in the squad as Arsenal's injuries, offensively at least, begin to ease.

However, Wenger rejected suggestions Holland striker Robin van Persie could be back from an ankle problem to play during the next international break.

"I think the Dutch coach has a good sense of humour. There is no chance," the Arsenal manager said.

One man leaving Emirates Stadium was goalkeeper Vito Mannone who has joined Hull on loan until January.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 4231Manager: Mircea Lucescu

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Emmanuel Eboue
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Johan Djourou
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Samir Nasri
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • SUBS
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Vassiriki Diaby
  • Theo Walcott
  • Neves Denilson
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Arsenal shrug off sorry Shakhtar Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas returned from injury to help the Gunners all but secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 5-1 romp against Group H rivals Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainians had brought an impressive record to Emirates Stadium, defending a 100% return so far in Europe, not to mention 15 wins from 17 games at home. However, the hosts made them look ordinary, barely getting out of second gear as Alex Song was gifted an early goal following a terrible fumble by Shakhtar keeper Andrei Pyatov - and Arsene Wenger's men never looked back. In-form winger Samir Nasri smashed home his second goal in three days to make it 2-0 before the break, with Fabregas' spot-kick ending the game as a contest on the hour while Jack Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh completed the rout. Croatia striker Eduardo, sold during the summer, netted a fine consolation goal on the return to his former club with seven minutes left, which brought a round of applause from the home fans. Arsenal now head out to Donetsk in a fortnight knowing a point from their remaining three matches, one at home, would probably secure a top-two finish. The Gunners had already chalked up nine goals in the Champions League, hitting new boys Braga for six in their opening match. Although it was not expected to be an easy ride against the Ukrainian champions, who had lost only one of their last 26 matches in all competitions. Following the anticipated cagey start, Arsenal created an opening when Fabregas - out since mid-September with a hamstring problem - floated the ball just over Chamakh. Shakhtar, for their part, were breaking up play well in midfield before defender Razvan Rat sent a 25-yard effort wide. Arsenal then took the lead after 19 minutes with a scrappy goal, following a terrible error by the Shakhtar goalkeeper. Pyatov was under no pressure when he came to collect a corner but contrived to drop the ball in the six-yard box. Emmanuel Eboue reacted quickly to stab the loose ball goalwards, which Song flicked on, before Olexander Kucher's clearance ricocheted back off the Cameroon midfielder and over the line. Nasri almost made it 2-0 moments later with a long-range effort which flew straight at Pyatov and this time the Shakhtar keeper just about held on. Wilshere - serving a three-match domestic suspension after his much-talked about red card against Birmingham - was late with a challenge on Tomas Hubschman which left the Shakhtar midfielder in a heap. However, Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen deemed a stern lecture the only action needed. Shakhtar had a couple of long-range efforts which failed to hit the target before Arsenal doubled their lead three minutes before the break. Eboue and Song worked the ball down the right before the midfielder sent a cross into the penalty area, which deflected through to Nasri on the far side. The in-form French winger sidestepped Darijo Srna before smashing the ball past Pyatov. Shakhtar could have reduced the deficit at the start of the second half when Song lost possession and Henrik Mkhitaryan fed Luis Adriano, who sprinted into the box, but Lukasz Fabianski made a smart save. Arsenal were then gifted a third goal from the penalty spot on the hour after Adriano had wrestled Johan Djourou to the ground. Fabregas stepped up to smash the ball into the top-left corner, before lifting up his shirt to reveal a Catalan birthday message for his mum. With the job done, the Spanish World Cup winner was given a rest as Brazilian youngster Denilson came on. There was then a standing ovation from the home fans as Eduardo - who had battled back from an horrific broken leg and dislocated ankle at Birmingham in February 2008 - was introduced for Adriano. It was exhibition stuff from Arsenal now, Chamakh and Tomas Rosicky exchanging passes to release Wilshere into the area, and he chipped in number four in the 66th minute. Morocco striker Chamakh then sprang the offside trap - played on by the full-back - to slot home his sixth goal of the campaign. With 20 minutes left, Arsenal sent on Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott - making his first appearance since injuring ankle ligaments when paying for England during September. But perhaps fittingly it was Eduardo who had the final say, volleying home a well-taken effort in the closing stages, which he did not celebrate while receiving applause from the home fans.

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