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Arsenal   6 - 0   Braga

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and Marouane Chamakh celebrate
Fabregas celebrates his penalty with fellow goalscorer Chamakh

By Jonathan Stevenson

Arsenal got their bid for a first Champions League triumph off to the perfect start at the Emirates with a dismantling of Portuguese side Braga.

The Gunners took seven minutes to go ahead, Cesc Fabregas scoring from the spot after a foul on Marouane Chamakh.

Andrey Arshavin slammed in Fabregas's sublime pass, before Jack Wilshere superbly set up Chamakh to drill home.

Fabregas headed in to make it 4-0 and Carlos Vela dinked in a fifth before he stroked home another to wrap things up.

It was a display that epitomised everything boss Arsene Wenger holds dear as his Gunners team tore the Champions League debutants apart.

Arsenal brought their usual magnetic passing game to the European curtain-raiser, but they seemed to raise their level a notch above the norm with some fabulous interchanges that saw Braga spend most of the evening chasing shadows.

606: DEBATE
The Arshavin Codex

Wenger's side are chasing an 11th successive place in the last 16 of the competition and in a group also containing Shakhtar Donetsk and Partizan Belgrade there is little to suggest they will fail to make it beyond the group stage.

In front of an expectant Emirates Stadium crowd Arsenal were immediately into their stride and Braga, making their debut in the competition, looked overawed as a Fabregas-inspired Gunners swarmed all over them.

The Spaniard had a penalty appeal rejected after only three minutes and soon after it was from his pass that Braga keeper Felipe brought down Chamakh, Fabregas stepping up to slot home for his first goal of the season.

Carlos Vela scores for Arsenal
Vela lifts the ball over Felipe for Arsenal's fifth

The visitors found themselves trying to repel wave after wave of Arsenal attack and while Braga occasionally looked threatening on the break, both Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci dealt comfortably with whatever was thrown at them.

With half an hour gone they doubled their advantage as Fabregas jinked past two static defenders and slid in Arshavin down the left, the Russian drilling under Felipe to make it 2-0.

That soon became three as the Gunners scored a goal few inside the stadium are likely to forget in a hurry.

Another fine passing move at pace saw Bacary Sagna's cross from the right half-cleared, only for Arshavin to clip it to Chamakh, who laid it off and then collected a gorgeous back-heeled flick from Wilshere to crash past a flailing Felipe.

After the break it was a damage limitation exercise for Braga, but Arsenal still found gaping holes in their defence and one such opportunity enabled an unmarked Fabregas to head in Arshavin's cross from the left.

Fabregas had another shot cleared off the line and Arshavin rifled against the post, before Mexican striker Vela came on to inflict further misery on the visitors.

He first produced a classy, clipped finish to convert Arshavin's fine pass and then took advantage of Fabregas's generosity to knock in a sixth.

Bigger tests await Wenger and his team in Europe this season, but they could barely have got off to a more emphatic start.

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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 6-0 Braga FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Fabregas (pen) 9
  • Arshavin 30
  • Chamakh 34
  • Fabregas 53
  • Vela 69
  • Vela 84

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Braga

    • 84 Felipe yellow card
    • 02 Alberto Rodriguez yellow card
    • 05 Moises
    • 15 Miguel Garcia
    • 28 Silvio
    • 22 Aguiar
    • 45 Hugo Viana (Mossoro 54)
    • 88 Vandinho
    • 09 Paulo Cesar (Helder Barbosa 69)
    • 30 Alan
    • 99 Matheus (Lima 59)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Artur,
    • 03 Paulao,
    • 08 Mossoro,
    • 23 Madrid,
    • 10 Helder Barbosa,
    • 18 Lima,
    • 85 Elton
    Ref: HamerAtt: 59,333
    ARSENAL
    BRAGA

    Possession

    • Arsenal 66%
    • Braga 34%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 9
    • Braga 3

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 3
    • Braga 4

    Corners

    • Arsenal 2
    • Braga 0

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 20
    • Braga 13
    • Final Result
    • 92:09 The referee starts the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:05 Foul by Bacary Sagna on Jorge Helder Barbosa, free kick awarded. Vanderson Vandinho crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 88:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neves Denilson on Vanderson Vandinho. Alberto Rodriguez takes the free kick.
    • 87:47 Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jorge Helder Barbosa. Luis Aguiar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:29 Shot by Rodrigo Lima from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 84:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Eboue on Luis Aguiar. Direct free kick taken by Alberto Rodriguez.
    • 83:43 Francesc Fabregas provided the assist for the goal.
    • 83:43 GOAL - Carlos Alberto VelaArsenal 6 - 0 Braga Carlos Alberto Vela grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 6-0 Braga.
    • 82:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Osorio Alan by Samir Nasri. Luis Aguiar takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:40 Carlos Alberto Vela produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 81:26 Carlos Alberto Vela fouled by Vanderson Vandinho, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
    • 80:24 The official flags Francesc Fabregas offside. Luiz Felipe restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:02 Francesc Fabregas decides to take the corner short.
    • 78:58 Angelo Miguel Garcia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Free kick taken by Neves Denilson.
    • 78:14 Effort on goal by Samir Nasri from 18 yards. Blocked by Pinheiro Moises.
    • 76:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Alberto Vela on Vanderson Vandinho. Free kick taken by Pinheiro Moises.
    • 74:39 Osorio Alan fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. Pinheiro Moises restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:35 The offside flag is raised against Rodrigo Lima. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
    • 68:47 Substitution Jorge Helder Barbosa replaces Rocha Paulo Cesar.
    • 68:38 Substitution Andrey Arshavin goes off and Emmanuel Eboue comes on.
    • 68:02 Andrey Arshavin provided the assist for the goal.
    • 68:02 GOAL - Carlos Alberto VelaArsenal 5 - 0 Braga Carlos Alberto Vela scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 5-0 Braga.
    • 66:49 Effort from just inside the penalty box by Andrey Arshavin strikes the post.
    • 64:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Luis Aguiar. Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
    • 63:54 Sa Peraira Silvio restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:54 Booking Bacary Sagna is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 63:41 Rocha Paulo Cesar fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 62:15 Substitution Alex Song goes off and Neves Denilson comes on.
    • 62:15 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Carlos Alberto Vela coming on for Marouane Chamakh.
    • 58:34 Luiz Felipe takes the indirect free kick.
    • 58:34 Substitution Nascimento Matheus leaves the field to be replaced by Rodrigo Lima.
    • 58:34 Marouane Chamakh is ruled offside.
    • 58:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rocha Paulo Cesar by Alex Song. Pinheiro Moises takes the direct free kick.
    • 56:25 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Luiz Felipe.
    • 55:46 Marouane Chamakh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pinheiro Moises. Pinheiro Moises takes the free kick.
    • 55:20 Rocha Paulo Cesar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
    • 54:34 Rocha Paulo Cesar is caught offside. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
    • 53:50 Direct free kick taken by Luis Aguiar.
    • 53:50 Substitution Marcio Mossoro on for Miguel Hugo Viana.
    • 53:50 Andrey Arshavin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Osorio Alan.
    • 53:08 Osorio Alan fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Angelo Miguel Garcia.
    • 52:22 Andrey Arshavin provided the assist for the goal.
    • 52:22 GOAL - Francesc FabregasArsenal 4 - 0 Braga Francesc Fabregas finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 4-0 Braga.
    • 51:56 Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Angelo Miguel Garcia results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
    • 50:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Samir Nasri on Rocha Paulo Cesar. Free kick taken by Sa Peraira Silvio.
    • 49:51 Foul by Andrey Arshavin on Osorio Alan, free kick awarded. Pinheiro Moises takes the direct free kick.
    • 49:25 The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri, Pinheiro Moises manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:49 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line.
    • 45:45 The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin, Pinheiro Moises makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 40:43 Nascimento Matheus gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
    • 39:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Osorio Alan by Alex Song. Pinheiro Moises takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:52 Nascimento Matheus takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
    • 34:26 Nascimento Matheus challenges Manuel Almunia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:11 Jack Wilshere provided the assist for the goal.
    • 33:11 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhArsenal 3 - 0 Braga Marouane Chamakh fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Braga.
    • 31:09 Drilled right-footed shot by Andrey Arshavin. Pinheiro Moises gets a block in.
    • 29:26 Assist on the goal came from Francesc Fabregas.
    • 29:26 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinArsenal 2 - 0 Braga A goal is scored by Andrey Arshavin from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Braga.
    • 27:14 Alberto Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Rocha Paulo Cesar. The ball is sent over by Miguel Hugo Viana, Shot by Luis Aguiar from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 24:27 The referee blows for offside. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
    • 22:52 The offside flag is raised against Andrey Arshavin. Indirect free kick taken by Luiz Felipe.
    • 21:12 Andrey Arshavin concedes a free kick for a foul on Pinheiro Moises. Free kick taken by Angelo Miguel Garcia.
    • 19:58 Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, save by Luiz Felipe.
    • 19:58 Booking The referee books Alberto Rodriguez for unsporting behaviour.
    • 19:50 Alberto Rodriguez challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 19:27 Shot by Rocha Paulo Cesar. Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save.
    • 18:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Nascimento Matheus. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:17 Unfair challenge on Miguel Hugo Viana by Gael Clichy results in a free kick. Angelo Miguel Garcia takes the free kick.
    • 17:07 A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Pinheiro Moises.
    • 14:00 Rocha Paulo Cesar takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
    • 13:37 Luis Aguiar takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.
    • 13:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alberto Rodriguez by Marouane Chamakh. Luiz Felipe takes the free kick.
    • 10:44 Laurent Koscielny challenges Nascimento Matheus unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luis Aguiar, clearance by Sebastien Squillaci.
    • 9:47 Effort from outside the box by Andrey Arshavin goes wide right of the target.
    • 9:25 Jack Wilshere takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Luiz Felipe makes a brilliant save.
    • 8:25 GOAL - Francesc FabregasArsenal 1 - 0 Braga Francesc Fabregas scores a placed penalty. Arsenal 1-0 Braga.
    • 7:50 Booking Luiz Felipe is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 7:38 Luiz Felipe gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh.
    • 7:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci by Luis Aguiar. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:51 Jack Wilshere is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Luiz Felipe.
    • 5:53 Long distance shot from Miguel Hugo Viana misses to the left of the target.
    • 0:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Hugo Viana on Samir Nasri. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
    • 0:14 A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, clearance by Pinheiro Moises.

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