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Assured Arsenal cruise past Celtic

Published: Wednesday 26 August 2009, 23.30CET
Arsenal FC 3-1 Celtic FC (agg: 5-1)
Eduardo, Emmanuel Eboué and Andrei Arshavin were all on target as Arsène Wenger's team sauntered through to the group stage.
by Simon Hart
from Arsenal Stadium
Assured Arsenal cruise past Celtic
Andrei Arshavin came off the bench to score Arsenal's final goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArsenalCeltic

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
6
Corners4
 
1
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 26 August 2009, 23.30CET

Assured Arsenal cruise past Celtic

Arsenal FC 3-1 Celtic FC (agg: 5-1)
Eduardo, Emmanuel Eboué and Andrei Arshavin were all on target as Arsène Wenger's team sauntered through to the group stage.

For the third season running Arsenal FC completed a smooth passage through the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase, beating Celtic FC 3-1 on a damp London evening to earn a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory and, with it, a 12th consecutive season among Europe's élite.

Controlled victory
Arsène Wenger's side already had one foot in the group stage after last week's win in Glasgow and they made sure of their progress with goals from Eduardo, Emmanuel Eboué and Andrei Arshavin. Celtic, who pulled one back late on through Massimo Donati, must switch their focus to the UEFA Europa League, while Arsenal, without the injured Cesc Fàbregas and Robin van Persie here, can look forward to another assault on a competition whose last four they reached last term.

Early chance
Celtic's success at FC Dinamo Moskva in the previous round had been their first away from home in Europe for six years, and to repeat the feat here manager Tony Mowbray had stressed the significance of keeping Arsenal scoreless. In the event the visitors were fortunate to last nine minutes without conceding, Eduardo stabbing the ball wide of an empty net after sliding to meet the rebound as Artur Boruc saved Nicklas Bendtner's clever flick.

Upper hand
Denilson and Eboué sent half-chances wide as Arsenal maintained the upper hand and though Aiden McGeady jinked his way into a couple of crossing positions, one centre headed superbly away by William Gallas with Shaun Maloney waiting to pounce, it was no surprise when the hosts struck after 28 minutes. Eduardo sent Boruc the wrong way from the spot, having won the penalty himself after going to ground under Boruc's challenge following a one-two with Bendtner.

Normal business
The traffic continued to flow towards the visitors' goal, Eduardo drawing a flying save from Boruc with a sweetly curled shot before Bendtner failed to connect with a free header. McGeady flashed an effort wide shortly after the break for the Scottish side, but normal business soon resumed. Eduardo trickled a shot wide from a promising position then, in the 53rd minute, Eboué made it two when Bendtner's back-heeled flick sent Abou Diaby into the box and he laid the ball back to Eboué, who stepped around Daniel Fox before firing past Boruc.

Celtic consolation
Two substitutes combined for the third, Aaron Ramsey feeding Arshavin who, just two minutes after coming on, turned past Donati and found the bottom corner. With the last kick, Donati flashed a volley across Manuel Almunia and inside the far post but the fact it was Celtic's first attempt on target said it all.

Last updated: 26/08/09 23.34CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

celtic

Celtic

1
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK) (C)
1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
2
DiabyAbou Diaby
Substitution61
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
5
G. CaldwellGary Caldwell (C)
Yellow Card33
Substitution46
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
7
McDonaldScott McDonald
9
EduardoEduardo
Goal28
Substitution72
8
BrownScott Brown
Yellow Card83
10
GallasWilliam Gallas
10
FortunéMarc-Antoine Fortuné
15
DenilsonDenilson
Yellow Card83
11
FoxDaniel Fox
17
SongAlex Song
13
MaloneyShaun Maloney
Substitution61
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
18
DonatiMassimo Donati
Goal90+2
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Goal53
Yellow Card54
Substitution72
22
LoovensGlenn Loovens
52
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
46
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Yellow Card56
Substitution61

Substitutes

24
MannoneVito Mannone (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
3
NaylorLee Naylor
Substitution61
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Substitution61
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
18
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
16
FloodWillo Flood
Substitution61
19
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution72
20
McCourtPaddy McCourt
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution72
Goal74
33
KillenChris Killen
30
TraoréArmand Traoré
48
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
Substitution46

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Tony Mowbray (ENG)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Perez Lasa (ESP)

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