skip to content
Johan Djourou concedes a free kick for a foul on Da Silva Eduardo. Yaroslav Rakitskiy produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Da Silva Willian decides to take the corner short.
Marcelo Moreno takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
(Shakhtar Donetsk) makes a substitution, with Marcelo Moreno coming on for da Silva Luiz Adriano. Dimitro Chygrynskiy challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johan Djourou takes the direct free kick.
Da Silva Eduardo takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Da Silva Luiz Adriano fouled by Emmanuel Eboue, the ref awards a free kick. Razvan Rat restarts play with the free kick.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Save made by Andrei Pyatov.
The referee cautions Razvan Rat for time wasting.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Theo Walcott. Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Da Silva Eduardo. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Chamakh on Darijo Srna. Dimitro Chygrynskiy restarts play with the free kick.
Darijo Srna takes a outswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Da Silva Eduardo by Sebastien Squillaci. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Darijo Srna, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
Marouane Chamakh replaces Nicklas Bendtner. Rodrigues Jadson leaves the field to be replaced by de Souza Douglas Costa. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela by Darijo Srna. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Andrei Pyatov.
The referee penalises Carlos Alberto Vela for handball. Free kick taken by Razvan Rat.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darijo Srna by Gael Clichy. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Andrei Pyatov makes a save.
Sebastien Squillaci takes a shot. Save by Andrei Pyatov.
Corner from left by-line taken by Samir Nasri.
Santos Alex Teixeira on for Oleksiy Gai.
Da Silva Willian takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.
Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Dimitro Chygrynskiy gets a block in.
Craig Eastmond leaves the field to be replaced by Carlos Alberto Vela.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Andrei Pyatov.
Jack Wilshere produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Emmanuel Eboue fouled by da Silva Willian, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, save by Andrei Pyatov.
Rodrigues Jadson challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
The referee shows Oleksiy Gai a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Oleksiy Gai results in a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
Foul by Darijo Srna on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Da Silva Eduardo finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Darijo Srna.
Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on Yaroslav Rakitskiy. Dimitro Chygrynskiy takes the direct free kick.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Andrei Pyatov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oleksiy Gai by Gael Clichy. Darijo Srna crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Rodrigues Jadson takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Gael Clichy challenges Darijo Srna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
Unfair challenge on Tomas Hubschman by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.
Emmanuel Eboue goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. The referee cautions Tomas Hubschman for unsporting behaviour. Own goal by Craig Eastmond. Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Arsenal.Emmanuel Eboue challenges da Silva Willian unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rodrigues Jadson sends in a cross, Dimitro Chygrynskiy takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Eastmond.
Corner taken right-footed by Darijo Srna.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Razvan Rat by Nicklas Bendtner. Tomas Hubschman restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Oleksiy Gai by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Dimitro Chygrynskiy takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by da Silva Willian goes over the crossbar.
Da Silva Willian takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
Da Silva Willian is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
Dimitro Chygrynskiy takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Outswinging corner taken by Darijo Srna.
Header from inside the area by Rodrigues Jadson bounces off the post.
Rodrigues Jadson takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.
Rodrigues Jadson takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Djourou.
Oleksiy Gai takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.
Theo Walcott finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Arsenal.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Darijo Srna, Dimitro Chygrynskiy takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Squillaci.
Rodrigues Jadson fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Oleksiy Gai restarts play with the free kick.
Samir Nasri has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.
Johan Djourou fouled by da Silva Luiz Adriano, the ref awards a free kick. Johan Djourou takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
Da Silva Eduardo concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Lukasz Fabianski takes the direct free kick.
Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Da Silva Eduardo. Shot on goal comes in from Darijo Srna from the free kick, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
The referee gets the match started.
It is the end of the first-half.
The second half begins.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Arsene Wenger admits even he has been taken aback by Jack Wilshere's development, with the England starlet set to return to the Arsenal side for Wednesday night's Champions League Group H clash at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Wenger has brought through many talented youngsters, moulding them into world-class players - such as Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who misses the trip to Ukraine because of a hamstring problem.
The Gunners boss, however, has also long championed the need for patience with Wilshere.
The 18-year-old has grabbed the headlines with some impressive displays - as well as his needless red card against Birmingham - since his return from a productive loan spell at Bolton which saw the combative midfielder on Tuesday rewarded with a new long-term deal.
The Arsenal manager, though, admits even he did not envisage things would go so well in a short space of time for the teenager, who won his first full England cap at the start of the season.
"I am very much surprised. I didn't expect that to happen so quickly," Wenger said.
"You have to be open-minded in our job and most of the time when it happens like that you are happy."
Wenger is confident Wilshere - who has now served a three-match domestic ban - can help fill the void left by Fabregas' absence to provide link to an attack which has netted 14 goals in three European games.
"When Fabregas is not there you have to share a little bit the decisive passing, the building up of the game between [Samir] Nasri, [Jack] Wilshere or [Tomas] Rosicky for example, so that is the task we have," said Wenger.
"We have many creative players who can create good passes and that is what I count on.
"Wilshere is not scared to take the ball so he will have a part of it to do."
Wenger deployed Wilshere to great effect in a more advanced role when Arsenal travelled to Partizan Belgrade.
And with Andrey Arshavin, Alex Song and Denilson also carrying knocks, the teenager could be asked to do so again.
"If I play with two more defensive midfield players behind him he can play that role," the Arsenal manager reflected, "but if I use Jack deeper and for example Nasri or Rosicky in front of them, he remains in the same position."
Opposite number Mircea Lucescu maintains Europe will see the real Shakhtar Donetsk when the Ukrainians look to avenge their 5-1 thrashing at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners chalked up a record 14 goals from their opening three Group H games, with Shakhtar going the same way as Braga and Partizan Belgrade as Wenger's side took control of Group H.
Another positive result for Arsenal and the Barclays Premier League club could secure their place in the last 16 of Europe's elite once again.
However, since the thrashing in north London, Shakhtar have won all three of their domestic matches without conceding a goal.
Arsenal have yet to record a victory in Ukraine, and with the Minors boasting an impressive record of only two defeats of their last 30 matches in all competitions, Lucescu believes his men can head into Wednesday's return fixture at Donbass Arena with some confidence.
"After analysing all the technical and tactical actions, I can say that the teams had about the same of the ball, 51% to 49%, and the passing also were about the same level," the Romanian said.
"We hope to show to our fans and the whole of Europe that now it will be a quite different Shakhtar. We have analysed the game that was in London to draw attention to the mistakes."
Lucescu added: "Not in any way do I think that Arsenal is stronger than Shakhtar. We will try to demonstrate that on the field."
Arsenal never looked back after being gifted an early goal following a terrible fumble by Shakhtar keeper Andrei Pyatov.
However, Lucescu continues to lament a number of decisions by Swedish referee Svein Moen which he felt went in favour of the home side.
Swiss official Massimo Busacca, who took charge of the 2009 Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona, will be the man in the middle on Wednesday.
"I hope that tomorrow will be valid and neutral refereeing, which will help football in general. We will try to fulfil their responsibilities on the field," said Lucescu.
"The mistakes of the referee in favour of Arsenal were clearly visible."
Gunners` Euro hopes dented by familiar face
Eduardo returned to haunt his old club as Shakhtar Donetsk fought back from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 in their Champions League Group H clash at Donbass Arena.
England forward Theo Walcott had slotted in a fine breakaway goal after 10 minutes for the injury-hit Barclays Premier League side, who were without captain Cesc Fabregas.
However, Shakhtar - trashed 5-1 at Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago - responded well and were eventually rewarded when 19-year-old Craig Eastmond, making his European debut, diverted Dmytro Chygrynskiy's header into his own net.
Eduardo - who scored a late consolation goal in north London - slotted home from close range on the stroke of half-time, which proved enough to force his old club to wait for qualification to the knockout stages.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had warned his team not to expect another European romp against a side which boasted an impressive home record, the Miners having kept clean sheets in nine from 10 matches, and lost just two of the last 30 games in all competitions.
As the locals cranked up the atmosphere, Shakhtar made a positive start.
However, it was Arsenal who came close to breaking the deadlock on eight minutes when Samir Nasri strode forward to the edge of the Shakhtar box and sent a low shot against the outside of the post.
At the other end, Chygrynskiy's close-range header from a corner was blocked by Sebastien Squillaci.
The Donbass Arena was then left in stunned silence as Walcott put Arsenal ahead on 10 minutes.
Jack Wilshere - back after serving a three-match domestic ban - laid the ball into the path of the on-rushing England forward, who showed the Shakhtar defence a clean pair of heels before breaking into the area and slotting a cool finish past Andriy Pyatov into the right-hand corner.
The Ukrainians immediately went on the offensive, and there was an amazing let-off for Arsenal on 16 minutes.
Jadson's snapshot smashed into Johan Djourou, with the Brazilian midfielder then eventually turning the loose ball against the post.
From the resulting corner, Lukasz Fabianski made a brilliant reaction save to deny Chygrynskiy.
Swiss referee Massimo Busacca allowed play to go on after Tomas Hubschman flattened Wilshere, before then showing the yellow card first to Emmanuel Eboue for tripping Jadson on the left flank following a swift counter-attack and also then booking the Czech midfielder.
It proved a somewhat controversial decision as from the resulting free-kick, Shakhtar equalised when the unfortunate Eastmond deflected Chygrynskiy's header into his own net on 29 minutes.
Arsenal were now in danger of being over-run, as Shakhtar continued to pour forwards.
Jadson should have done better when played into the penalty area, but his shot was straight at the keeper.
Bendtner fed Walcott on the penalty spot after a surging run from Eastmond, but Yaroslav Rakitskiy made a saving tackle just as the England forward shaped to shot.
On the stroke of half-time, the home side went ahead when Darijo Srna capitalised on Gael Clichy's hesitation on the nearside touchline and slotted the ball across the six-yard box, where Eduardo swept home - the Croatian again opting not to celebrate.
At the start of the second half, Wilshere had a great chance to equalise when he robbed Willian on the edge of the area, only to bend the ball wide before Walcott then scuffed his effort following another scramble inside the Shakhtar box.
The home fans were screaming for a penalty when Jadson took a tumble, but the referee was not interested.
Arsenal wasted another opportunity to get level when Sebastien Squillaci headed straight at the keeper from six-yards out after more patient build-up and a fine cross from Nasri.
Walcott's snapshot was caught by Pyatov as the English side continued to press.
Fabianski got behind Srna's curling, 20-yard free-kick as the hosts looked to wrap up the victory.
With eight minutes to go, Wenger looked to inject some fresh legs into the Arsenal attack when he sent on youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, replacing Walcott.
However, the hosts were not troubled as they moved level on nine points with Arsenal in the battle for Group H.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk