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Fàbregas lights up Arsenal's night

Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET
Arsenal FC 6-0 SC Braga
Cesc Fàbregas and Carlos Vela scored twice apiece as Arsène Wenger's side taught the Portuguese newcomers a lesson on their debut.
by Trevor Haylett
from Arsenal Stadium

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ArsenalBraga

Goals scored6
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners2
 
0
Offsides5
 
4
Fouls committed19
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET

Fàbregas lights up Arsenal's night

Arsenal FC 6-0 SC Braga
Cesc Fàbregas and Carlos Vela scored twice apiece as Arsène Wenger's side taught the Portuguese newcomers a lesson on their debut.

Arsenal FC made it a debut appearance to forget for SC Braga as the north London club displayed all their attacking prowess to get their UEFA Champions League Group H campaign off to a cracking start.

Cesc Fàbregas announced a return to his best form with two goals, the first a penalty after only nine minutes, with Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh adding to the Portuguese side's difficulties before the break. Fàbregas ensured there was no reprieve shortly after the restart, before substitute Carlos Vela completed the rout with strikes on 69 and 84 minutes.

Arsenal were quickly on the front foot, not allowing the visitors to settle on their first outing in the group stage. Fàbregas and Jack Wilshere immediately struck up a rapport in midfield and the resulting passing combinations cut deep into Braga's resistance.

The Spanish international's through ball put Chamakh in behind the defence and as goalkeeper Felipe came hurtling off his line with a rash challenge, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Fàbregas converted what he had begun.

Only Felipe's parry denied Wilshere a minute later as Arsenal poured forward again. Fàbregas had provided the pass then as well, while his part in the second goal on the half-hour was sublime, jinking past two defenders before teeing up Arshavin who comfortably beat the goalkeeper at his near post.

If the Gunners had any worries at this stage it centred on the pace Braga could call on up front through Matheus and down the right where Alan had the beating of Gaël Clichy in a sprint.

But they never had the conviction to finish off the occasional promising moment they carved out before the interval, and instead it was Arsenal who struck again, Wilshere's back-heel permitting Chamakh to deepen Braga's woe in the 34th minute.

A Fàbregas header eight minutes after the recess further emphasised the one-sided nature of the contest after Arshavin had dropped a perfect cross into the danger zone. The Arsenal skipper sensed his hat-trick opportunity soon after, but Felipe took the pace off his attempt and the danger was cleared.

Vela had been on the pitch just six minutes when he weighed in with Arsenal's fifth, a delightful chip easily beating the keeper after Arshavin had guided him through. The direct route paved the way for number six, Wilshere finding Fàbregas who invited Vela to roll in his second.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.34CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002823/postmatch/report/index.html#brilliant+arsenal+signal+intent

Quotes

  • Arsène Wenger

    Read more"It's fantastic for a player like Wilshere to see a player like Fàbregas; he will learn a lot from him"

  • Domingos Paciência

    Read more"You can't win games with errors like that; there were too many for a single match"

Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

braga

Braga

1
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
84
FelipeFelipe (GK)
Yellow Card8
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
Yellow Card64
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
Yellow Card20
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas (C)
Goal9
Goal53
5
MoisésMoisés
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
9
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution70
8
NasriSamir Nasri
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
17
SongAlex Song
Substitution63
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
18
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
28
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
19
WilshereJack Wilshere
30
AlanAlan
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution55
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Goal30
Substitution69
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
Goal34
Substitution63
99
MatheusMatheus
Substitution60

Substitutes

21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
3
PaulãoPaulão
11
VelaCarlos Vela
Substitution63
Goal69
Goal84
8
MossoróMossoró
Substitution55
15
DenilsonDenilson
Substitution63
10
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution70
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
18
LimaLima
Substitution60
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution69
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
28
GibbsKieran Gibbs
85
EltonElton

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Domingos Paciência (POR)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

François Mangen (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Additional assistant referees

Albert Toussaint (LUX), Sven Bindels (LUX)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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