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banner Tuesday, 20 November, 2001, 11:03 GMT
Gunners sunk in Spain
Richard Wright watches Roy Makaay's shot fly past him
Richard Wright watches Roy Makaay's shot fly in

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Deportivo 2-0 Arsenal

Champions League
Phase Two, Group D


Arsenal's travel problems in Europe continued with defeat in La Coruna.

First-half goals from Roy Makaay and Diego Tristan sunk the Gunners.

But the spotlight again fell on goalkeeper Richard Wright.

The 6m signing whose mistake gifted Spurs a late equaliser in the weekend's north London derby, was guilty of another error.

Wright was helpless to stop Deportivo's eighth-minute opener, as Arsenal conceded the type of early goal that has dogged their Champions League campaign.


It is disappointing to let those goals in at the start when you play away from home
Freddie Ljungberg

Sol Campbell twice bravely threw himself in front of powerful shots, but an attempted clearance cannoned off Tristan.

The ball fell kindly for Makaay and he buried his shot from 18 yards.

It was a year to the day that the Dutch striker scored his last Champions League goal, against Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes.

But if Wright was helpless with the first, fingers were pointed at him for the second, on 25 minutes.

There appeared to be no danger as Tristan picked the ball up on the left.

Back foot

But Lauren failed to close him down, allowing Tristan to drift inside and from 22 yards he exploited the gap that Wright had left at his near post.

Wright was almost beaten in embarrassingly similar fashion minutes later by Victor.

The England keeper was clearly out of sorts and was replaced at half-time by Stuart Taylor, with Wright apparently suffering from a knee injury.

Arsenal were on the back foot in the first half against the impressive Spanish team.

Patrick Vieira was unable to exert any influence on the game and Arsenal's frustration was summed up by Thierry Henry.


We will try and get our points at home and get at least one win away
Freddie Ljungberg

The French striker was yellow-carded after hacking the ball away in sheer frustration for his failure to control a pass.

Arsenal improved in the second half, with Vieira at last driving them forward from midfield.

But their final pass lacked conviction and they failed to test Molina in the Deportivo goal.


Deportivo La Coruna: Molina, Scaloni, Donato, Naybet, Romero, Victor, Emerson, Mauro Silva, Valeron, Makaay, Tristan. Subs: Nuno, Cesar, Djalminha, Amavisca, Capdevila, Pandiani, Duscher. .

Arsenal: Wright, Lauren, Campbell, Upson, Cole, Ljungberg, Vieira, van Bronckhorst, Pires, Wiltord, Henry. Subs:Taylor, Parlour, Edu, Grimandi, Inamoto, Kanu, Stepanovs.

Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway).

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BBC Sport's Steve Wilson
"It's hard to think of anything that went right for Arsenal"
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
"In fairness we were a little bit too nervous"
Arsenal's substitute goalie Stuart Taylor
"I was pleased with my performance"
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