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  • Udinese 1-2 Arsenal: Walcott great-finish, Szczesny penalty-stop

    Arsenal advanced to the Champions League group round this season after win the second leg play-off Wednesday (24/8/2011), defeating the host Udinese with the score 2-1. This victory makes "The Gunners" winning 3-1 on aggregate.
    Udinese had the lead through a genius header from Di Natale. Van Persie equalized through a crisis in front of goal. Udinese had won a penalty when Vermaulen handball in the penalty box, but with remarkable success Szczesny stop it. Theo Walcott scored the winning goal Gunner after winning a sprint race with Udinese defenders, and with perfect strike beat Handanovic.

    The Game

    Despite winning 1-0 on aggregate first, Arsenal tried to reap the full points to secure the step to the group stage. However, Robin van Persie and his friends appear to be very careful in building the attack.

    The reason, Udinese have a counter-attack is quite deadly. Several times the Arsenal defense raised Thomas Vermaelen helter-skelter attack muffle Antonio Di Natale.

    Game has been running a fierce halftime ahead. Both teams look to exchange attacks. "The Gunners" have a golden opportunity in the 31st minute. From the right side of the home team's defense, Gervinho put through penetration and send feedback to drag Theo Walcott in the penalty box.

    Without mercy, Walcott hard kick off. Unfortunately, the ball kicks the England midfielder could still be blocked Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The ball rebounds trying maximized by Van Persie. However, again Handanovic able to block the ball shot Van Persie.

    The threat is directly returned by Udinese. The struggle was led home team sweet after Di Natale managed to break into Arsenal's goal in the 38th minute. Exploiting cross, Di Natale had the ball while flanked by two Arsenal defenders. Wojciech Szczsny just stunned to see the ball rolled into his own net. The goal was to make Udinese 1-0.

    After the break, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, made some changes. He entered Frimpong replaces Tomas Rosicky. Rosicky is expected to make the entry of midfield "The Gunners" more effective than the first half.

    As a result, Arsenal is able to equalize thanks to goals from Van Persie in the 55th minute. Goals stems from the movement of the right sector Gervinho home defense. Benatia Mehdi managed to outwit the penalty box, Gervinho send a short feedback. Quickly, Van Persie grabbed the ball and scored.

    Only two minutes later Arsenal get havoc. The referee pointed to the spot due Vermaelen handsball. Luckily Szczesny did brilliant rescue. He was able to ward off a shot that is released by Di Natale. Szczesny success indirectly inject confidence in his colleagues. Arsenal seem to be able to control the game and look cool while cutting the opponent's attack.

    Imagine, again managed to break into the Arsenal goal by Udinese goalkeeper created Walcott in the 69th minute. Walcott created a goal which is very classy. After making bait one of two with Sagna, Walcott's pace to do a solo run. Walcott finally menjejelkan ball, although overshadowed by two Udinese. Goals that were sealing the victory Arsenal 2-1.

    Handanovic makes two great-stop at the end of the match.

    Teams Line-up:

    Udinese: Samir Handanovic; Danilo, Mehdi Benatia, Joel Ekstrand, Pablo Armero, Neuton; Giampiero Pinzi, Mauricio Isla, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu; Antonio Di Natale
    Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou, Carl Jenkinson; Alex Song, Theo Walcott (Arshavin 90), Aaron Ramsey, Emmanuel Frimpong (Rosicky 46); Robin Van Persie, Yao Kouassi Gervinho (Traore 83)


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