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Bergkamp spares Arsenal's blushes

Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 0.50CET
Arsenal FC 2-1 FC Thun A goal deep into added-time from substitute Dennis Bergkamp gave ten-man Arsenal a last-gasp win.
by Timothy Collings
from Highbury

Match statistics

ArsenalThun

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
1
Corners10
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 0.50CET

Bergkamp spares Arsenal's blushes

Arsenal FC 2-1 FC Thun A goal deep into added-time from substitute Dennis Bergkamp gave ten-man Arsenal a last-gasp win.

A goal deep into added-time from Dennis Bergkamp saved ten-man Arsenal FC's blushes as the English side denied FC Thun a famous draw on their UEFA Champions League debut at Highbury.

Thun denied
The Dutch striker, a 73rd-minute substitute, battled through the heart of the Swiss team's defence with the final whistle approaching, coolly slotting to Eldin Jakupovic's left, to earn Arsenal a hard-fought victory on their eighth successive Champions League appearance. Until then, Nelson Ferreira's 53rd-minute lob looked to have given Thun a share of the spoils in Group B, after Gilberto had broken the deadlock two minutes earlier, following Robin van Persie's dismissal on the stroke of half-time.

Campbell return
Arsenal included fit-again centre-back Sol Campbell in his starting XI for the first time since May, while goalkeeper Manuel Almunia replaced suspended Jens Lehmann as Arsène Wenger made five changes from the side defeated by Middlesbrough FC at the weekend. Fredrik Ljungberg, Cesc Fabregas and Van Persie were also included in an attacking formation which contrasted markedly with Thun's defence-minded lineup, which saw Mauro Lustrinelli utilised as lone striker.

Organised defence
The reinforced back line was soon being tested as the home team dominated the early stages and Van Persie tested the visitors' 20-year-old goalkeeper Jakupovic with a close-range effort. But despite their superiority, Arsenal struggled to find a way through a well-drilled defence that restricted the likes of Lauren and José Antonio Reyes to speculative long shots.

Arsenal ascent
Thun were given occasional relief by the indefatigable Lustrinelli and Adriano Pimenta, the latter forcing a sprawling save from Almunia just after the half-hour but Arsenal, orchestrated by Robert Pirès, began to turn the screw as the interval approached. Fabregas skewed an attempt just wide on 42 minutes before compatriot Reyes hit a powerful drive that squirted under Jakupovic who recovered and then won a free-kick after a strong challenge from Ljungberg.

Shock dismissal
But just as an Arsenal goal looked inevitable, the hosts were reduced to ten men moments before half-time, when Van Persie's raised foot struck defender Alen Orman in the face. Wenger's problems were now two-fold with the numerical disadvantage made all the worse by the loss of another striker, with the talismanic Thierry Henry already out with a groin strain.

Gilberto goal
Within six minutes of the restart, however, Arsenal broke the deadlock as Pirès's in-swinging corner found Gilberto unmarked at the back post and the Brazilian midfielder made no mistake with his header. Yet two minutes later the visitors were level, Ferreira's lobbed cross-cum-shot deceiving Almunia and arcing inside the far post.

Last-gasp win
Sensing a shock win, Thun coach Urs Schönenberger sought to increase the momentum by bringing on the pacy Gelson Rodrigues for Adriano. But neither side were able to work a real opening and it was another replacement, the veteran Bergkamp, who made the most telling contribution, giving Arsenal victory as experience told.

Last updated: 15/09/05 9.23CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

thun

Thun

24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
1
JakupovićEldin Jakupović (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
3
GonçalvesJosé Gonçalves
Yellow Card54
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
5
MiličevićLjubo Miličević
8
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
Substitution81
6
BernardiTiago Bernardi
9
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
Substitution81
9
AdrianoPimenta Adriano
Substitution57
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Red Card45
11
GerberAndres Gerber (C)
Substitution73
12
LaurenLauren
17
OrmanAlen Orman
15
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution73
19
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
Goal51
20
LustrinelliMauro Lustrinelli
Substitution87
23
CampbellSol Campbell (C)
21
Nelson FerreiraNelson Ferreira
Goal53
Yellow Card87
28
K. TouréKolo Touré
Yellow Card4
26
HodzicSelver Hodzic
Yellow Card8

Substitutes

21
PoomMart Poom (GK)
18
PortmannAlain Portmann (GK)
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Substitution73
Goal90+2
2
LeandroVieira Leandro
Substitution73
13
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution81
7
DuruzGrégory Duruz
17
SongAlex Song
8
GelsonRodrigues Gelson
Substitution57
20
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
10
SpadotoAdriano Luis Spadoto
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
13
OmarPape Omar
Substitution87
26
Owusu-AbeyieQuincy Owusu-Abeyie
Substitution81

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Urs Schönenberger (SUI)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Slawomir Stempniewski (POL)

Fourth official

Marek Mikolajewski (POL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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