Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay scored in the final 14 minutes as FC Schalke 04 became the first foreign visitors to win at the Arsenal Stadium, climbing above Arsenal FC and to the top of UEFA Champions League Group B.
The home side had won their first two games in this season's competition and were unbeaten in 16 European matches in north London; indeed, the last time they had lost to non-English opposition at home was September 2003. Schalke, however, produced a vibrant display that finally got its reward when Huntelaar fired in with 14 minutes left. Ten minutes later Afellay tapped in a clinching second to give the German club a first victory in England at the sixth attempt.
I am really disappointed. We wanted to do better than on Saturday [a 1-0 defeat by Norwich City FC] but it was the same story, we could not create enough chances.
Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal defender
We are very pleased, 2e played well, had our chances and scored two goals. The key was to keep the defence and midfield close together and play on the counter.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Schalke forward
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|60||Shea (GK)||34||Hildebrand (GK)|
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