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Last Updated: Thursday August 27 2009 07:22 GMT

Eduardo leads Arsenal to victory


Arsenal eased into the the Champions League group stages after beating Celtic 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners' first goal came from an Eduardo penalty - despite replays which appeared to show no contact between Eduardo and Celtic goalie Artur Boruc.

Emmanuel Eboue scored a second for Arsenal and Andrey Arshavin added a third, two minutes after coming on.

Massimo Donati pulled one back for Celtic but the overall result was 5-1 on aggregate.

This means that Celtic now go into the Europa League, which is a bit like the old UEFA Cup.

But Arsenal now join Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the Champions League group stage draw which will take place on Thursday afternoon.

Penalty decision

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refused to criticise Eduardo after he was accused of diving.

After the match Wenger said: "I do not go as far to say Eduardo dived.

"He went down, for what reason I do not know. Having seen it again on television, it doesn't look a penalty."

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray admitted that the penalty was not the only factor in the overall result.

He said: "The referee has given it. But, if the TV pictures show it should not have been given, so be it.

"Over the two legs, Arsenal had more quality and deserved to go through."