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Arsenal   5 - 1   Shakhtar Donetsk

Cesc Fabregas scores Arsenal's third goal
Fabregas marked his return from injury with Arsenal's third goal

By David Ornstein

Arsenal closed in on a place in the Champions League knockout phase with a crushing victory over Shakhtar Donetsk to move clear at the top of Group H.

Alex Song bundled the hosts ahead after an error by keeper Andriy Pyatov before Samir Nasri drilled home a second.

Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano was denied by Lukasz Fabianski before a fit-again Cesc Fabregas scored from the spot.

Jack Wilshere clipped in and Marouane Chamakh poked a fifth, while ex-Arsenal striker Eduardo lashed a consolation.

Chamakh's goal made him the first player to score in six consecutive Champions League matches, but the last word belonged to Eduardo - returning to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his £6m move to Shakhtar last summer.

The 27-year-old striker made a huge impression after joining the Gunners from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007, but his progress was stalled by a horrific leg injury suffered against Birmingham in 2008 and he never fully recaptured his early form.

Arsenal were technically superior - Wenger

He received a huge ovation on arrival as a 63rd-minute substitute and after converting Jadson's cross with a superb finish, the Croatian was again serenaded by an appreciative home crowd.

The result maintains Arsenal's 100% start to the group and puts them on nine points, three clear of second-placed Shakhtar ahead of their meeting in Donetsk on 3 November.

Braga are third in the table on three points after their 2-0 win over Partizan Belgrade, so Arsenal require only three points from their remaining three games to guarantee a place in the last 16.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would have been delighted with his side's performance on a rain-soaked night at the Emirates Stadium and the emphatic scoreline should ensure they approach Sunday's trip to Manchester City in high spirits.

Wenger described Shakhtar as a "very, very strong team" and with seven straight wins in all competitions - including a 3-0 victory at Braga last time out in Europe - the Ukrainian champions were not to be underestimated.

606: DEBATE

But Arsenal have reached the Champions League knockout phase in each of the past 10 seasons - losing only one home European game in four-and-a-half years - so there was no doubt who entered the match as favourites.

Wenger was able to welcome captain Fabregas back into his starting line-up after four weeks out with a hamstring injury and the Spaniard immediately looked to dictate play from his advanced central midfield position, an early cross from the left almost finding the head of lone striker Chamakh.

Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu vowed his team were "here to get a result", insisting they could "create big problems" for the hosts, but the 2009 Uefa Cup winners struggled to even advance over the halfway line during a hugely one-sided opening quarter.

It seemed only a matter of time before Arsenal would capitalise on their dominance and so it proved - albeit in fortuitous circumstances.

A Nasri corner was headed on by Sebastien Squillaci and Pyatov inexplicably let a straightforward catch slip from his grasp, enabling Johan Djourou to prod towards goal and Song to bundle home.

Shakhtar finally settled into some sort of rhythm but all they could muster was a tame Razvan Rat shot and a Henrik Mkhitaryan drive that was deflected over.

The hosts were soon back on the front foot and doubled their lead when Song's cross found its way to Nasri and the Frenchman beat Shakhtar skipper Darijo Srna before rifling past Pyatov.

Lucescu replaced Willian with Douglas Costa at half-time and the movt almost paid dividends when Mkhitaryan put Adriano through on goal. The striker's effort was well saved by the legs of Fabianski.

From then on it was all Arsenal and they made it three through Fabregas's clinical penalty after Adriano hauled down Djourou as he attempted to meet a free-kick.

That was to be the last act for a tiring Fabregas and he was replaced by Denilson on 63 minutes, while Eduardo also entered the fray in place of Adriano.

Arsenal continued to flood forward and Wilshere beat Pyatov with a cute strike after exchanging passes with Rosicky, before Nasri's scooped pass gave Chamakh the chance to enter the record books with a cool finish.

It was the Gunners' 14th goal in three European matches - a new record for the competition - and that was to be the end of their scoring.

However, the was still time for Eduardo to make his mark with a perfectly-timed volley that brought the stadium to its feet.

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk FT
(HT 2-0)
  • A Song 19
  • Nasri 42
  • Fabregas (pen) 60
  • Wilshere 66
  • Chamakh 69
  • Eduardo 82

Arsenal

Substitutes

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • 30 Pyatov
  • 03 Hubschman yellow card
  • 05 Kucher
  • 26 Rat
  • 44 Rakitskiy
  • 10 Willian (Douglas Costa 46)
  • 19 Gai (Jadson 68)
  • 33 Srna
  • 09 Luiz Adriano yellow card (Eduardo 63)
  • 22 Mkhitaryan
  • 29 Alex Teixeira

Substitutes

  • 12 Khudzamov,
  • 27 Chigrinsky,
  • 08 Jadson,
  • 14 Kobin,
  • 15 Stepanenko,
  • 20 Douglas Costa,
  • 11 Eduardo
Ref: Oddvar MoenAtt: 60,016
ARSENAL
SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Possession

  • Arsenal 53%
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 47%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 6
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 5

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 3
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 4

Corners

  • Arsenal 2
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 3

Fouls

  • Arsenal 17
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:06 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+1:49 Neves Denilson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 90:00+1:29 Darijo Srna sends in a cross.
  • 90:00+1:14 Outswinging corner taken by de Souza Douglas Costa.
  • 90:00+0:32 Rodrigues Jadson sends in a cross.
  • 89:53 The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott, Olexander Kucher makes a clearance.
  • 89:20 Shot from just outside the box by de Souza Douglas Costa misses to the left of the goal.
  • 88:40 Effort from outside the area by Gael Clichy goes wide right of the goal.
  • 86:28 De Souza Douglas Costa produces a cross, clearance made by Johan Djourou.
  • 85:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Darijo Srna. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
  • 81:26 Assist by Rodrigues Jadson.
  • 81:26 GOAL - Da Silva EduardoArsenal 5 - 1 Shakhtar Donetsk Da Silva Eduardo grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • 80:19 Santos Alex Teixeira challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 78:19 De Souza Douglas Costa takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Djourou.
  • 77:57 Darijo Srna produces a cross, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.
  • 77:35 Gael Clichy delivers the ball, save made by Andrei Pyatov.
  • 77:22 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Andrei Pyatov makes a save.
  • 76:34 A cross is delivered by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 76:12 Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a shot. Johan Djourou gets a block in.
  • 76:03 De Souza Douglas Costa delivers the ball, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.
  • 75:03 The assistant referee flags for offside against Da Silva Eduardo. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.
  • 74:17 Effort from the edge of the area by Emmanuel Eboue goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 72:27 Tomas Hubschman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Free kick taken by Alex Song.
  • 71:15 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Andrey Arshavin coming on for Samir Nasri.
  • 71:15 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Theo Walcott coming on for Marouane Chamakh.
  • 70:28 Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Razvan Rat. Direct free kick taken by Razvan Rat.
  • 68:50 Assist on the goal came from Samir Nasri.
  • 68:50 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhArsenal 5 - 0 Shakhtar Donetsk Marouane Chamakh gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 5-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • 68:32 Gael Clichy produces a cross.
  • 66:55 Indirect free kick taken by Johan Djourou.
  • 66:55 Substitution Oleksiy Gai goes off and Rodrigues Jadson comes on.
  • 66:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 65:20 Tomas Rosicky provided the assist for the goal.
  • 65:20 GOAL - Jack WilshereArsenal 4 - 0 Shakhtar Donetsk Jack Wilshere finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • 62:24 Substitution Da Silva Eduardo is brought on as a substitute for da Silva Luiz Adriano.
  • 62:09 Substitution Neves Denilson comes on in place of Francesc Fabregas.
  • 59:10 GOAL - Francesc FabregasArsenal 3 - 0 Shakhtar Donetsk Penalty taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas and scored. Arsenal 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • 58:28 Booking Booking for da Silva Luiz Adriano for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:13 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Samir Nasri from right channel, Penalty awarded for a foul by da Silva Luiz Adriano on Johan Djourou.
  • 57:13 Booking The referee shows Tomas Hubschman a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:05 Tomas Hubschman concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas.
  • 56:45 Centre by Tomas Rosicky, Razvan Rat gets a block in.
  • 55:51 The offside flag is raised against Marouane Chamakh. Olexander Kucher takes the free kick.
  • 54:34 Unfair challenge on de Souza Douglas Costa by Gael Clichy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
  • 53:58 Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Oleksiy Gai. Free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
  • 53:09 The referee blows for offside against Santos Alex Teixeira. Indirect free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
  • 51:54 Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Razvan Rat. Andrei Pyatov takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:20 Olexander Kucher concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
  • Correction - 50:40 Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on de Souza Douglas Costa. Darijo Srna crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on de Souza Douglas Costa by Tomas Rosicky. Direct free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
  • 49:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Djourou on da Silva Luiz Adriano. Oleksiy Gai takes the direct free kick.
  • 46:37 Shot by Olexander Kucher from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 46:23 Da Silva Luiz Adriano takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 45:54 Johan Djourou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on da Silva Luiz Adriano. Direct free kick taken by Oleksiy Gai.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Shakhtar Donetsk) makes a substitution, with de Souza Douglas Costa coming on for da Silva Willian.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:01 The first half comes to an end.
  • 41:59 Assist on the goal came from Alex Song.
  • 41:59 GOAL - Samir NasriArsenal 2 - 0 Shakhtar Donetsk Samir Nasri gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • 41:50 The ball is sent over by Alex Song,
  • 41:37 Razvan Rat gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:32 Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a shot. Corner taken by Santos Alex Teixeira. Razvan Rat has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal. Gael Clichy gets a block in.
  • 40:06 Da Silva Luiz Adriano takes the outswinging corner, Johan Djourou manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:57 A cross is delivered by Santos Alex Teixeira, blocked by Gael Clichy.
  • 38:26 Gael Clichy sends in a cross, clearance made by Razvan Rat.
  • 34:54 Razvan Rat challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
  • 33:44 Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Darijo Srna results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 33:32 The ball is crossed by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sebastien Squillaci manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darijo Srna by Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Darijo Srna.
  • 30:51 Johan Djourou concedes a free kick for a foul on da Silva Luiz Adriano. Free kick taken by da Silva Luiz Adriano.
  • 30:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Santos Alex Teixeira by Francesc Fabregas. Olexander Kucher takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:21 Da Silva Luiz Adriano is adjudged to have handled the ball. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 27:32 The referee blows for offside. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
  • 26:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Razvan Rat. Free kick taken by Razvan Rat.
  • 24:43 Unfair challenge on Tomas Hubschman by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Olexander Kucher takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:07 Samir Nasri produces a cross, clearance by Olexander Kucher.
  • 23:46 Santos Alex Teixeira challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 22:55 The referee penalises Santos Alex Teixeira for handball. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:15 Samir Nasri produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Andrei Pyatov.
  • 21:33 Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 20:45 The ball is crossed by Alex Song, Yaroslav Rakitskiy makes a clearance.
  • 20:16 Foul by Razvan Rat on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Razvan Rat.
  • 19:47 Razvan Rat challenges Emmanuel Eboue unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 18:42 GOAL - Alex SongArsenal 1 - 0 Shakhtar Donetsk Alex Song grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • 18:16 Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 18:03 Samir Nasri sends in a cross, clearance by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.
  • 16:44 Darijo Srna is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 15:47 Emmanuel Eboue challenges Henrikh Mkhitaryan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Razvan Rat takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:32 The ball is swung over by Francesc Fabregas, save by Andrei Pyatov.
  • 15:13 The ball is swung over by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 13:10 Centre by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Razvan Rat has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 11:38 Centre by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 11:17 Short corner worked by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 8:54 Centre by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 8:38 Foul by Oleksiy Gai on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 7:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olexander Kucher by Marouane Chamakh. Free kick taken by Santos Alex Teixeira.
  • Correction - 5:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Santos Alex Teixeira by Francesc Fabregas. Olexander Kucher takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan by Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Olexander Kucher.
  • 3:07 Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Oleksiy Gai. Santos Alex Teixeira takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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