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Özil leads Arsenal victory against Napoli

Published: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 22.40CET
Arsenal FC 2-0 SSC Napoli
Mesut Özil scored one and made the other for Olivier Giroud inside 15 minutes as Group F leaders Arsenal secured a second win.
by Michael Harrold
from Arsenal Stadium

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Match statistics

ArsenalNapoli

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)57
 
43
Total attempts8
 
12
on target8
 
4
off target0
8
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
16
Passes748
 
470
completed637
 
375

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

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Published: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 22.40CET

Özil leads Arsenal victory against Napoli

Arsenal FC 2-0 SSC Napoli
Mesut Özil scored one and made the other for Olivier Giroud inside 15 minutes as Group F leaders Arsenal secured a second win.

Arsenal FC took command of UEFA Champions League Group F with a comfortable 2-0 home victory against SSC Napoli.

Both sides came into the game in terrific form, only for the Premier League leaders to stop the Italian team in their tracks with a breathtaking opening spell. Goals from Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud in the first 15 minutes set the Gunners on course for a success that leaves them three points clear at the top of the section, with the visit of Borussia Dortmund to come on matchday three.

It was a ninth win in ten games for Arsène Wenger's men and the perfect present for the manager as he celebrated his 17th anniversary at the helm. Indeed, Arsenal hardly let Napoli near the ball in the early stages. With Mikel Arteta restored to the centre of midfield alongside Mathieu Flamini, the in-form Aaron Ramsey was moved out to the right and it proved an inspired decision by Wenger.

In the eighth minute, Giroud chested the ball into the path of the Welshman and he raced down the wing before cutting back for Özil to side-foot in from the edge of the area. Moments later Pepe Reina dived low to his left to keep out Flamini's drive as Arsenal pinned Napoli back. A second goal was not long in coming. Özil this time turned provider, pulling the ball back again from the right for Giroud to score his sixth goal of the season from close range, punishing a sloppy attempted clearance.

While Arsenal's play was crisp, fast and fluent, Napoli lacked cohesion and, with Gonzalo Higuaín injured, a cutting edge. But for all of the London club's dominance, Rafael Benítez's charges might have got a goal back in the 22nd minute when Miguel Britos ghosted in unmarked from a corner, only to head harmlessly over.

The tempo slowed as half-time approached, and Arsenal began to drop deeper as the second half progressed. Napoli were largely restricted to long-range shots, but with Lorenze Insigne and Marek Hamšík seeing more of the ball, the hosts could not relax – particularly when substitute Dries Mertens cut inside and curled a shot at Wojciech Szczęsny in the 71st minute.

At the other end, Laurent Koscielny almost made the game safe for Arsenal in 76th minute, but his close-range effort following a corner was well blocked by Reina. By then, though, Arsenal had done enough.

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.02CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

napoli

Napoli

1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
5
BritosMiguel Britos
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
7
CallejónJosé Callejón
Substitution77
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
16
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution63
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta (C)
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
Goal8
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution61
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Goal15
24
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Substitution88
33
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Substitution83
20
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
85
BehramiValon Behrami
28
GibbsKieran Gibbs
88
InlerGökhan Inler

Substitutes

21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
1
Rafael CabralRafael Cabral (GK)
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution61
10
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution63
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
17
MonrealNacho Monreal
Substitution88
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
Substitution83
23
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
25
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
44
GnabrySerge Gnabry
91
ZapataDuván Zapata
Substitution77

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Vladimir Čadjenović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Miodrag Gogić (SRB)

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