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CSKA keep Arsenal at bay

Published: Thursday 2 November 2006, 0.30CET
Arsenal FC 0-0 PFC CSKA Moskva CSKA strengthened their grip on Group G after keeping Arsenal at bay on a night of missed opportunities in London.
by Michael Harrold
from Arsenal Stadium

Match statistics

ArsenalCSKA Moskva

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target14
 
4
Corners4
 
4
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 2 November 2006, 0.30CET

CSKA keep Arsenal at bay

Arsenal FC 0-0 PFC CSKA Moskva CSKA strengthened their grip on Group G after keeping Arsenal at bay on a night of missed opportunities in London.

PFC CSKA Moskva retained first place in UEFA Champions League Group G after holding Arsenal FC to a goalless draw, but the London side had only themselves to blame after squandering a series of excellent chances.

Wasteful finishing
Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Tomáš Rosický were the main culprits in a first half that Arsenal thoroughly dominated. Ultimately, though, they had Jens Lehmann to thank for a point after he saved superbly from Vágner Love shortly after the break. The stalemate leaves CSKA a point clear of Arsenal with everything to play for on Matchdays 5 and 6.

Henry determination
Henry showed his determination to make up for defeat in Moscow a fortnight ago with a fierce tackle on Yuri Zhirkov that earned an early booking. The Arsenal captain was in the thick of the action and moments later crossed for Robin van Persie who nodded wide. Arsenal were playing with pace and verve, intent on stamping their mark on the game, and twice more in the opening 15 minutes Van Persie missed the target when well placed. After a flowing move on 17 minutes, Rosický sent Gilberto scampering clear down the right. The Brazilian crossed low for Henry but the Frenchman stabbed wide at the near post.

Chances spurned
It was all Arsenal, although as in Saturday's draw against Everton FC, they were struggling to break down a packed defence. CSKA worked their first opportunity midway through the half when Daniel Carvalho rifled a free-kick straight at Lehmann. Arsenal were soon back on the attack and Fabregas should have put them ahead on 27 minutes, firing into the side-netting after rounding Igor Akinfeev. CSKA had not conceded in five previous UEFA Champions League outings this term, and rode their luck here. It summed up the first period when Henry shot wide with only the keeper to beat, before Rosický missed with the goal at his mercy just one metre out. Arsenal fans were laughing in disbelief.

Love lost
The pattern was resumed at the start of the second half with William Gallas pressing forward regularly to add power to Arsenal's attacking finesse. It was the Gunners, though, who were fortunate not to fall behind on 57 minutes. Vágner Love, preferred in attack to Ivica Olić, got the better of Gallas on the edge of the Arsenal area and Lehmann had to come to the rescue, saving the Brazilian's shot then grasping the rebound with an outstretched hand as the Brazilian followed up.

Nervy finale
Arsenal had survived a scare, and their nervousness grew with every CSKA counterattack. That said, the hosts were still making chances and Van Persie was centimetres away from connecting with Henry's low delivery on 65 minutes. The introduction of Theo Walcott with 20 minutes remaining restored hope but when Van Persie headed wide with the goal gaping, and Akinfeev repelled an effort from Gilberto, it confirmed the evening belonged to CSKA.

Last updated: 02/11/06 13.17CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution89
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
Yellow Card90+2
5
K. TouréKolo Touré
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
10
GallasWilliam Gallas
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
Substitution90+2
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution82
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Substitution85
13
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Yellow Card53
Substitution71
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution40
14
HenryThierry Henry (C)
Yellow Card2
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
20
DuduDudu
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Yellow Card45
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić

Substitutes

24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
77
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
6
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
9
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution85
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution89
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
17
SongAlex Song
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Substitution40
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
39
TaranovIvan Taranov
Substitution90+2
30
AliadièreJérémie Aliadière
Substitution82
40
SalughinAleksandr Salughin
32
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution71
50
GrigorievAnton Grigoriev

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Roman Csabay (SVK), Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)

Fourth official

Richard Havrilla (SVK)

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