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Arsenal dent Twente ambitions

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 23.30CET
FC Twente 0-2 Arsenal FC
Arsenal are set for their eleventh straight appearance in the group stage after an improved second-half show.
by Wayne Harrison
Arsenal dent Twente ambitions
William Gallas celebrates his goal with Theo Walcott ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TwenteArsenal

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners3
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 23.30CET

Arsenal dent Twente ambitions

FC Twente 0-2 Arsenal FC
Arsenal are set for their eleventh straight appearance in the group stage after an improved second-half show.

Arsenal FC are on course for their eleventh consecutive appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage after second-half goals from William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor secured victory at FC Twente.

Captain's contribution
Off the pace for long periods, captain Gallas touched in a free-kick at the far post after 63 minutes before Adebayor added a second eight minutes from time. The Eredivisie hosts, under the guidance of former England coach Steve McClaren, had looked the more enterprising prior to Gallas' strike, but deflated by the concession of an away goal, failed to threaten thereafter, leaving the English Premier League side in pole position to progress.

Denneboom threat
It was competition debutants Twente who were first to threaten when Romano Denneboom headed wide at the far post. Arsenal had not settled, two corners inside the opening quarter the sum total of their attacking efforts, and they almost fell behind when Denneboom swept past Denilson into the penalty area only to slice high and wide. Arsenal responded, albeit ambitiously, as 17-year-old summer signing Aaron Ramsey's long-distance effort sailed over.

Sagna chance
Denneboom was proving a handful and it was his pass which sprung the visitors' offside trap nine minutes before half-time, but one-on-one with Almunia, Marko Arnautovic's first touch let him down. Arsenal still had not slipped into gear, their best chance of the half being a Bacary Sagna shot wide after Twente goalkeeper Sander Boschker had spilled Clichy's effort.

Adebayor goal
Twente continued to look the more assured after the restart, yet out of nothing, Arsenal took the lead. Van Persie's free-kick from the right was allowed to run on by the deep lying Twente defence leaving Gallas to bundle in from close range. Buoyed by their lead, Arsenal assumed control and added a second when Theo Walcott latched on to a long ball over the top to sqaure for Adebayor to slot under Boschker. 

Last updated: 13/08/08 23.45CET

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Lineups

twente

Twente

arsenal

Arsenal

1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
1
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
2
WielaertRobbie Wielaert (C)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
3
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
10
GallasWilliam Gallas (C)
Goal63
6
BramaWout Brama
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Yellow Card67
Substitution88
7
DenneboomRomano Denneboom
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution84
14
WilkshireLuke Wilkshire
15
DenilsonDenilson
Yellow Card54
15
EliaEljero Elia
Substitution86
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
18
TiotéCheick Tioté
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
19
DouglasDouglas
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
21
ArnautovicMarko Arnautovic
Substitution90+1
25
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Goal82
24
JanssenTheo Janssen
Yellow Card22
Substitution90+3
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué

Substitutes

16
PaauweCees Paauwe
21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański
4
ZomerRamon Zomer
12
VelaCarlos Vela
11
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
Substitution86
19
WilshereJack Wilshere
12
HeubachJeroen Heubach
Substitution90+3
26
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Substitution88
22
WellenbergNiels Wellenberg
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte
23
GerritsenPatrick Gerritsen
Substitution90+1
40
GibbsKieran Gibbs
31
CheryTjaronn Chery
47
RandallMark Randall
Substitution84

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Ramon Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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