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Partizan Belgrade   1 - 3   Arsenal

Andrey Arshavin (left) and Jack Wilshere (right)
Arshavin (left) and Wilshere combined to give Arsenal the lead

By Phil Dawkes

Arsenal maintained their 100% start to this season's Champions League with a win against 10-man Partizan Belgrade.

Andrey Arshavin fired Arsenal ahead before Cleo levelled for Partizan with a penalty after Denilson's handball.

Arshavin missed a penalty for Arsenal after Marko Jovanovic was sent off for a foul on Marouane Chamakh before Chamakh scored with a headed.

Sebastien Squillaci's header from a corner extended the lead before Lukasz Fabianski saved Cleo's late penalty.

It was a moment of redemption for the Arsenal goalkeeper, who made a series of high-profile errors in last season's Champions League campaign but was a far more assured presence as replacement for the injured Manuel Almunia.

While this was a far less composed overall display from the Gunners than the one they produced to blow away Braga 6-0 in their opening Group H fixture, it contained enough quality to make the win a deserved one and go some way to eradicating the memory of Saturday's 3-2 home league defeat by West Brom.

A faulty floodlight meant the game began with one corner of the Stadion FK Partizan in darkness, but the home side began brightly against a nervous Arsenal backline.

Brazilian striker Cleo was muscled out after initially breaking clear but from the breakdown Nemanja Tomic would surely have scored but for a superb last-ditch tackle from Denilson.

Arsenal though have the ability to unlock even the toughest of European defences and they took the lead with a typically incisive move, albeit from their first real attack of the game. Alex Song found Arshavin, who continued his run after moving the ball on to Jack Wilshere, collecting a superb drag back from the young England player before drive low past home keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

The goal was the perfect tonic for the Gunners, who proceeded to boss possession and regularly threaten the home defence with some superb attacking football for the next 20 minutes.

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Arshavin was central to the Gunners' play as firstly he was found again by Wilshere in the box only to see his shot smothered by Stojkovic and then minutes later beat the keeper with a superb, delicate chip only to see the effort acrobatically cleared off the line by the back-tracking Jovanovic.

If Partizan were to get a foothold back in the game it would need a moment of brilliance or an Arsenal error. The visitors duly obliged with the latter when an innocuous cross from Radosav Petrovic was unnecessarily handled by Denilson in the box, Cleo calmly sending Fabianski the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Arsenal were given a superb chance to take control of the game again early in the second half when Jovanovic brought down Chamakh in the box to concede a penalty and, as last man, earn himself a straight red card.

But Arshavin's penalty was struck straight down the middle and saved by the legs of Stojkovic.

However, it did not take long for Arsenal to make use of their numerical advantage as Rosicky's cross found Chamakh and, despite his first header being superbly tipped on to the bar by Stojkovic, the goal was left exposed for the Moroccan striker to easily nod in.

Squillaci's angled header from a Samir Nasri corner appeared to have ended Partizan's hopes of picking up a positive result until Kieran Gibbs bundled over Ivan Stevanovic for the third penalty of the night.

Cue Fabianski, who superbly palmed away Cleo's spot-kick one-handed.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Cleo (pen) 33
  • Arshavin 15
  • Chamakh 71
  • Squillaci 82

Partizan Belgrade

  • 88 Stojkovic
  • 03 Stevanovic
  • 13 Jovanovic red card
  • 18 Lazevski
  • 20 Krstajic
  • 04 Medo
  • 07 Tomic
  • 08 Petrovic (Smiljanic 69)
  • 22 Ilic yellow card
  • 09 Cleo
  • 11 Boya (Iliev 83)

Substitutes

  • 12 Zivkovic,
  • 06 Stankovic,
  • 15 Stefan Savic,
  • 27 Kizito,
  • 99 Smiljanic,
  • 19 Bogunovic,
  • 77 Iliev

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: StarkAtt: 25,000
PARTIZAN BELGRADE
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Partizan Belgrade 35%
  • Arsenal 65%

Attempts on target

  • Partizan Belgrade 3
  • Arsenal 14

Attempts off target

  • Partizan Belgrade 7
  • Arsenal 5

Corners

  • Partizan Belgrade 2
  • Arsenal 4

Fouls

  • Partizan Belgrade 11
  • Arsenal 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:08 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+2:14 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sasa Ilic.
  • 90:00+2:02 Ivica Iliev takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
  • 90:00+1:19 Carlos Alberto Vela crosses the ball, clearance made by Mladen Krstajic. Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 88:30 Kieran Gibbs concedes a free kick for a foul on Sasa Ilic. Ivan Stevanovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:09 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 84:03 Corner taken by Nemanja Tomic.
  • 83:50 Penalty taken by Cordova Cleo is saved by Lukasz Fabianski. Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Arsenal.
  • 83:20 Unfair challenge on Ivan Stevanovic by Kieran Gibbs results in a Penalty.
  • 83:09 Substitution Gael Clichy comes on in place of Andrey Arshavin.
  • 82:45 Substitution Ivica Iliev replaces Pierre Boya.
  • 81:50 Assist by Samir Nasri.
  • 81:50 GOAL - Sebastien SquillaciPartizan Belgrade 1 - 3 Arsenal Sebastien Squillaci finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Arsenal.
  • 81:37 Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line,
  • 81:18 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Blocked by Mladen Krstajic.
  • 80:47 Andrey Arshavin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 80:42 Centre by Bacary Sagna.
  • 74:00 Substitution Carlos Alberto Vela on for Marouane Chamakh.
  • 73:39 Substitution Jack Wilshere goes off and Samir Nasri comes on.
  • 72:05 Andrey Arshavin takes a short corner.
  • 71:54 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Blocked by Ivan Stevanovic.
  • 70:43 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhPartizan Belgrade 1 - 2 Arsenal Marouane Chamakh finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Partizan Belgrade 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 70:19 Tomas Rosicky sends in a cross, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 69:34 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 67:50 Substitution Milan Smiljanic replaces Radosav Petrovic.
  • Correction - 67:50 Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Radosav Petrovic. Mladen Krstajic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:33 Foul by Kieran Gibbs on Ivan Stevanovic, free kick awarded. Vladimir Stojkovic takes the free kick.
  • 65:05 Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball, Marouane Chamakh has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • 59:47 Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Mladen Krstajic.
  • 59:31 Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, Sebastien Squillaci takes a shot. Mladen Krstajic makes a clearance.
  • 59:15 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, save by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 59:09 Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, blocked by Ivan Stevanovic.
  • 58:13 Neves Denilson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:13 Booking Sasa Ilic receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 58:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sasa Ilic on Marouane Chamakh.
  • 56:52 Penalty taken by Andrey Arshavin saved by Vladimir Stojkovic. Partizan Belgrade 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 55:47 Sent off Red card for Marko Jovanovic.
  • 55:41 Marko Jovanovic gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh.
  • 53:59 Effort on goal by Cordova Cleo from a long way out goes over the bar.
  • 53:25 Bacary Sagna has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 52:23 Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Marko Jovanovic. Ivan Stevanovic takes the free kick.
  • 46:42 Jack Wilshere fouled by Radosav Petrovic, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.
  • 46:06 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save.
  • 45:57 Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball, Marko Jovanovic manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:10 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:03 The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 45:00+0:08 The ball is crossed by Pierre Boya.
  • 44:13 Marouane Chamakh fouled by Ivan Stevanovic, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kieran Gibbs from left wing, Marko Jovanovic makes a clearance.
  • 43:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Stevanovic by Jack Wilshere. Ivan Stevanovic takes the free kick.
  • 41:29 Sasa Ilic fouled by Johan Djourou, the ref awards a free kick. Mladen Krstajic produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 41:00 Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pierre Boya. Mohamed Medo takes the free kick.
  • 39:02 Mohamed Medo concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Chamakh. Johan Djourou restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:35 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Ivan Stevanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andrey Arshavin, Vladimir Stojkovic makes a fantastic save.
  • 36:07 The ball is delivered by Jack Wilshere.
  • 34:58 Mohamed Medo concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:15 GOAL - Cordova CleoPartizan Belgrade 1 - 1 Arsenal Cordova Cleo scores a placed penalty. Partizan Belgrade 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 31:55 Neves Denilson is adjudged to have handled the ball.
  • 31:38 Alexander Lazevski produces a cross.
  • 31:13 Ivan Stevanovic delivers the ball, Pierre Boya takes a shot.
  • 30:13 Mladen Krstajic challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:04 Ivan Stevanovic crosses the ball.
  • 28:00 Sasa Ilic challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Neves Denilson, save by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 27:23 Andrey Arshavin takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Clearance made by Marko Jovanovic.
  • 26:47 Shot by Mohamed Medo from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 26:00 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 23:57 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Vladimir Stojkovic makes a brilliant save.
  • 22:51 Radosav Petrovic fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Radosav Petrovic takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:13 The assistant referee signals for offside against Pierre Boya. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.
  • 21:22 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Pierre Boya results in a free kick. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:52 Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save.
  • 19:43 The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Marko Jovanovic.
  • 17:23 Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball, clearance by Marko Jovanovic.
  • 16:12 Shot by Radosav Petrovic from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
  • 14:06 Assist by Jack Wilshere.
  • 14:06 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinPartizan Belgrade 0 - 1 Arsenal Andrey Arshavin finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Partizan Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 13:24 Cordova Cleo produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 13:11 A cross is delivered by Alex Song, clearance made by Mladen Krstajic.
  • 11:25 The ball is crossed by Jack Wilshere, Marko Jovanovic gets a block in.
  • 9:49 Pierre Boya takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 6:46 Mladen Krstajic has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.
  • 6:39 The ball is swung over by Nemanja Tomic.
  • 5:19 Cordova Cleo takes a shot. Comfortable save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 5:10 The ball is swung over by Sasa Ilic.
  • 2:51 Alexander Lazevski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs. Jack Wilshere sends in a cross, Bacary Sagna has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 2:13 Pierre Boya is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 1:35 Unfair challenge on Pierre Boya by Sebastien Squillaci results in a free kick. Radosav Petrovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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