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Arsenal sweep Leverkusen aside

Published: Wednesday 27 February 2002, 23.00CET
Arsenal FC went level at the top of Group D after beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-1 on Wednesday.

Match statistics

ArsenalLeverkusen

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners1
 
6
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed20
 
14
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 27 February 2002, 23.00CET

Arsenal sweep Leverkusen aside

Arsenal FC went level at the top of Group D after beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-1 on Wednesday.

Arsenal FC went level on points with Group D leaders RC Deportivo La Coruña in the UEFA Champions League after they beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-1 at Highbury on Wednesday.

French connection
Arsène Wenger's side raced into a two-goal lead within the first ten minutes through two of their French internationals - Robert Pires and Thierry Henry. Soon after the restart another of Wenger's quintet of Frenchmen - Patrick Vieira - scored with a header. Dennis Bergkamp capped an impressive Arsenal performance with a wonderful chip seven minutes from time. On a miserable evening for the German side, Zoltán Sebescen grabbed a consolation goal for Leverkusen with a rifled shot that zipped past David Seaman.

Cutting edge
Leverkusen had come to Highbury promising to attack in an effort to exploit the absence of some of Arsenal's key defenders. It was an attacking promise that failed to materialise even though the Germans had twice as much possession as the home side.

Devastating attack
Wenger's side scored with their almost their first attack of the game. Pires received the ball from Vieira after the midfielder dispossessed Lucio with a sliding tackle and sped away, before cutting inside Jens Nowotny and curling his shot inside Hans-Jörg Butt's left-hand post. Soon after Arsenal doubled their advantage with another devastating counter-attack. Vieira again set the move in motion, quickly feeding Bergkamp, who in turn passed the ball to Sylvain Wiltord on the right. Wiltord laid off his pass immediately to Henry, who slotted the ball home for his 28th goal of the season.

Tactical switch
The closest Leverkusen came to a goal in the opening half was when Igors Stepanovs had to dive in front of Ulf Kirsten as the German striker tried to reach Oliver Neuville's pass. In an effort to rescue the game, Leverkusen coach Klaus Toppmöller brought on Yildiray Bastürk and Dimitar Berbatov at the start of the second period, but his tactical readjustment was made almost redundant by Vieira's headed goal in the 48th minute.

Delightful chip
Bastürk did bring some vim to the Leverkusen attack but the German side were unable to force David Seaman to make a save until just past the hour when the England goalkeeper foiled first Zé Roberto and then Neuville in quick succession. Bergkamp added a fourth with the most delightful of chips in the 83rd minute, before Sebescen replied for Leverkusen with a stunning shot from an acute angle.

Ruptured ligament
There was one piece of bad news to emerge from Highbury on Wednesday. Wenger will have to do without Giovanni van Bronckhorst until December after the midfielder was diagnosed with a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Last updated: 16/11/12 4.37CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

leverkusen

Leverkusen

1
SeamanDavid Seaman (GK)
1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
2
DixonLee Dixon
5
NowotnyJens Nowotny (C)
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
Goal48
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
Yellow Card71
Substitution74
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Goal5
8
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Goal83
9
KirstenUlf Kirsten
Substitution46
11
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution90
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Yellow Card47
12
LaurenLauren
Substitution84
19
LúcioLúcio
14
HenryThierry Henry
Goal7
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Substitution46
18
GrimandiGilles Grimandi
Substitution67
27
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
23
CampbellSol Campbell
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow
Yellow Card72
26
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
35
PlacenteDiego Placente

Substitutes

24
WrightRichard Wright (GK)
20
JuricFrank Juric (GK)
17
EduEdu
Substitution67
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
Substitution46
19
InamotoJunichi Inamoto
Substitution84
12
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution46
21
PennantJermaine Pennant
Substitution90
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
27
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis
23
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
31
AliadièreJérémie Aliadière
26
SebescenZoltán Sebescen
Substitution74
Goal86
46
VolzMoritz Volz
47
KleineThomas Kleine

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Klaus Toppmöller (GER)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Jaap J.N. Pool (NED), Roland Van Nylen (BEL)

Fourth official

Jack C. D. van Hulten (NED)

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