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Group stage - Group F

Arsenal - Napoli
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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

Arsenal
Napoli

2

Goals scored

0

57

Possession (%)

43

8

Total attempts

12

8

on target

4

0

off target

8

3

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

3

0

Offsides

2

0

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

17

16

Fouls suffered

16

748

Passes

470

637

completed

375

Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

napoli

Napoli

1Szczęsny (GK)25Reina (GK)
3Sagna5Britos
4Mertesacker7Callejón
Substitution77
6Koscielny16Mesto
7Rosický
Substitution63
17Hamšík (C)
8Arteta (C)18Zúñiga
11Özil
Goal8
19Pandev
Substitution61
12Giroud
Goal15
24Insigne
16Ramsey
Substitution88
33Albiol
Substitution83
20Flamini85Behrami
28Gibbs88Inler

Substitutes

21Fabiański (GK)1Rafael Cabral (GK)
5Vermaelen14Mertens
Substitution61
10Wilshere
Substitution63
20Dzemaili
17Monreal
Substitution88
21Fernández
Substitution83
23Bendtner27Armero
25Jenkinson28Cannavaro
44Gnabry91Zapata
Substitution77

Coaches

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Standings

Last updated: 02/10/2013 08:29 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
 
  
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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