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Rampant Arsenal cut down Twente

Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.28CET
Arsenal FC 4-0 FC Twente (agg: 6-0)
The north London club progressed in style after this impressive win against competition debutants Twente.
by Sam Adams
Rampant Arsenal cut down Twente
Samir Nasri opens the scoring for Arsenal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArsenalTwente

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
0
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners4
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.28CET

Rampant Arsenal cut down Twente

Arsenal FC 4-0 FC Twente (agg: 6-0)
The north London club progressed in style after this impressive win against competition debutants Twente.

Arsenal FC qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage for the eleventh successive season after a comfortable 4-0 home victory secured a 6-0 aggregate triumph over FC Twente.

Impressive win
Samir Nasri's first European goal for Arsenal sent the Gunners on their way after 27 minutes and second-half efforts from captain William Gallas, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner added gloss to the result as the Dutch debutants failed to advance to Europe's premier club competition. They at least had the consolation of dropping into the UEFA Cup first round.

Nasri opener
Arsenal's talismanic midfielder Cesc Fàbregas started for the first time this season while Stein Huysegems came in to lead the line for Steve McClaren's team. After a cagey opening, the hosts took control of possession with Walcott, in particular, creating plenty of danger down the right. After Robin van Persie had two early sights of goal, the deadlock was broken. Walcott burst down his flank and from his cross, Van Persie touched the ball back for Nasri. The French international jinked into the area before placing a left-foot shot beyond Nikolay Mihaylov via a slight deflection off Douglas Franco.

Second-half strikes
The closest Twente came to scoring in the first half was a Theo Janssen free-kick that drifted wide and seven minutes after half-time, Arsenal doubled their lead on the night. Gallas surged into the visitors' box and even though the ball was cleared, Bendtner took it on forcing a low save from Mihaylov. The rebound landed at Gallas's feet and he finished easily from close range. Walcott then picked up a loose ball midway through the second period and drove forward before placing his shot into the far corner. Bendtner added a fourth late on following fine work by Denilson to complete a good night's work for Arsène Wenger's side.

Last updated: 28/08/08 1.44CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

twente

Twente

1
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
2
WielaertRobbie Wielaert (C)
Yellow Card25
10
GallasWilliam Gallas (C)
Goal52
18
TiotéCheick Tioté
Yellow Card41
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
19
DouglasDouglas
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
Yellow Card77
3
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
Yellow Card33
Substitution80
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Goal66
7
DenneboomRomano Denneboom
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution68
12
HeubachJeroen Heubach
Substitution46
15
DenilsonDenilson
6
BramaWout Brama
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Goal27
Substitution46
24
JanssenTheo Janssen
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution65
15
EliaEljero Elia
26
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Goal89
11
HuysegemsStein Huysegems

Substitutes

21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
16
PaauweCees Paauwe (GK)
5
K. TouréKolo Touré
4
ZomerRamon Zomer
12
VelaCarlos Vela
5
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković
Substitution80
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
22
WellenbergNiels Wellenberg
Substitution46
17
SongAlex Song
Substitution68
23
GerritsenPatrick Gerritsen
25
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution65
31
CheryTjaronn Chery
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution46
32
ReineninkJules Reinenink

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)

Fourth official

Kjetil Saelen (NOR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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