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Arsenal rejuvenated by Henry

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2003, 0.19CET
Internazionale FC 1-5 Arsenal FC Thierry Henry inspires Arsenal to a first away win in 12 months.

Match statistics

InternazionaleArsenal

Goals scored1
 
5
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners6
 
3
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
18
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2003, 0.19CET

Arsenal rejuvenated by Henry

Internazionale FC 1-5 Arsenal FC Thierry Henry inspires Arsenal to a first away win in 12 months.

By Adam Szreter at the San Siro

Arsenal FC kept their UEFA Champions League hopes alive with a spirited performance in front of a raucous San Siro crowd, Thierry Henry producing a one-man masterclass in attacking football. For Internazionale FC defeat was a setback after good recent form, but the fate of both teams still lies in their own hands on Matchday 6.

Nervous start
With both sides missing key players through injury or suspension, the match understandably took a while to find its shape. Inter seized the early initiative, but aside from a couple of wasted free-kicks from Christian Vieri and Marco Materazzi they achieved little of note. Arsenal, with memories of the mauling they took at Inter's hands in September fresh enough in their minds, took fully ten minutes to find their feet.

Parlour calm
When they did, it was Ray Parlour, standing in as captain in place of Patrick Vieira, who calmed their apparent nerves with a sure touch on the ball. For Inter, Obafemi Martins showed the occasional glimpse of the pace that undid Arsenal at Highbury while Vieri flashed a header from an Andy van der Meyde cross just wide.

Henry opener
Important interceptions at either end, from Inter captain Javier Zanetti and Arsenal's Pascal Cygan helped to keep the game goalless, but that changed in the 25th minute. Henry, scorer of a hat-trick against AS Roma last season - the last time Arsenal played in Italy and the last time they won away from home in the Champions League - picked up Ashley Cole's pass on the edge of the Inter area and drove first time beyond Francesco Toldo into the bottom corner of the net.

Vieri leveller
But Arsenal's lead lasted just eight minutes, and as inevitably as Henry opening the scoring it was Vieri who equalised, albeit with the help of a sizeable deflection off Sol Campbell as the England defender attempted to block the shot. Credit for the assist went to Cristiano Zanetti, who fed Vieri after Edu had lost possession.

Honours even
After that, a free-kick from Henry that sailed harmlessly over the bar and another, better effort from Materazzi, this time forcing Jens Lehmann into a good save, took the teams to half-time with honours even.

Toldo helpless
The game swung again, though, within three minutes of the restart as the visitors went in front. Once more Henry played a crucial role, skilfully beating Materazzi on the left edge of the Inter area before sending over a low cross for Fredrik Ljungberg to tap easily past a helpless Toldo.

Free-kick chance
Despite seeing them trailing, the home fans were now roaring their team on and when Cygan tripped the marauding Martins 20 metres from goal and in a central position they had genuine cause for hope. Van der Meyde's strike was hard and true, but it flew centimetres over Lehmann's bar.

Henry havoc
At the other end, Henry was far from finished, causing havoc on the Arsenal left as he beat Iván Cordoba for pace, but this time there was no Arsenal player to turn the ball home after another deadly low cross.

Third raid
And as if that was not enough, Henry raided down the left for a third time, terrorising poor Materazzi again, and electing to shoot only Toldo's fingertips defied him. However, with five minutes of normal time remaining, the French striker broke away after an Inter attack and scored emphatically.

Late flurry
Edu added what could prove a vital fourth goal just moments later. Pires then rubbed salt in Inter's wounds, which by now were gaping, and Arsenal's triumph was complete.

Last updated: 26/11/03 11.45CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

arsenal

Arsenal

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Goal89
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
8
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
Goal49
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution69
14
HenryThierry Henry
Goal25
Goal85
Substitution89
8
LamouchiSabri Lamouchi
Substitution57
15
ParlourRay Parlour (C)
17
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
Substitution59
17
EduEdu
Goal88
Yellow Card88
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
18
CyganPascal Cygan
Yellow Card61
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
23
CampbellSol Campbell
31
BréchetJérémie Bréchet
25
KanuNwankwo Kanu
Substitution73
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Goal33
28
K. TouréKolo Touré

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
33
StackGraham Stack (GK)
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution69
5
KeownMartin Keown
11
LucianoLuciano
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
Substitution73
15
AdaniDaniele Adani
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
30
AliadièreJérémie Aliadière
Substitution89
25
AlmeydaMatias Almeyda
Substitution57
32
PapadopulosMichal Papadopulos
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution59
45
HoyteJustin Hoyte

Coach

Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Heiner Müller (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Lutz Wagner (GER)

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