Arsenal vs. Schalke: Champions League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
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Arsenal 0-2 Schalke (full time)
Arsenal: Vito Mannone; Carl Jenkinson (Serge Gnabry 83'), Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Andre Santos; Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey; Lukas Podolski (Andrei Arshavin 83'), Santi Cazorla, Gervinho (Olivier Giroud 75').
Schalke: Lars Unnerstall; Benedikt Howedes, Atsuto Uchida, Christian Fuchs, Joël Matip; Lewis Holtby (Tranquillo Barnetta 65'), Ibrahim Afellay, Marco Höger (Jermaine Jones 46'), Roman Neustädter; Jefferson Farfan, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ciprian Marica 88')
Goals: Huntelaar (SCH) 76', Afellay (SCH) 86'
Well, there's the final whistle. Arsenal lose 2-0 and it's a deserved loss.
The Gunners started brightly but never capitalized on their advantage. Schalke grew steadily into the game and eventually took over.
Arsenal recorded their first shot target in second-half stoppage time, and that's inexcusable. Arsene Wenger has his work cut out for him.
Arsenal were without several first- or second-choice players tonight, but that can't be an excuse. They simply weren't good enough.
Schalke turned in a solid away performance in Europe and deserved to win. It's not fun to be an Arsenal fan right now.
90'—ARS 0, SCH 2
Corner for Arsenal. Cleared all too easily by Schalke.
Into stoppage time.
Arsenal haven't had a shot on target tonight…
Marica replaces Huntelaar.
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Farfan escapes down the right yet again. Santos doesn't seem too interested in doing anything about it.
Farfan crosses to Afellay at the back post. Afellay taps in.
Arsenal not good enough.
Afellay kills off Arsenal.
Somebody needs to check Andre Santosinho's water bottle for gravy.— Nutmeg Radio (@NutmegRadio) October 24, 2012
Two changes for Arsenal, and somehow Santos remains on the pitch.
Serge Gnabry and Andrei Arshavin enter the match. Carl Jenkinson and Lukas Podolski depart.
Moments after coming on, Gnabry steals the ball in Schalke's half and nearly picks out Mertesacker with a cross. Instant impact.
82'—ARS 0, SCH 1
Jenkinson crosses from the right and picks out Giroud, who can't direct a header on goal.
Can Arsenal score a dramatic equalizer?
Long unbeaten run at stake for Arsenal.
1 - Arsenal have not lost a Champions League group game at home since going down 3-0 to Inter in September 2003. Pressure.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 24, 2012
Funny what happens if you play a striker up front. Santos playing him on as well.— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) October 24, 2012
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Arsenal's center backs move forward too quickly while the ball is still in the danger area. It's headed down into the box for Huntelaar, who finishes expertly.
It's been coming, honestly.
Huntelaar puts Schalke ahead!
Gervinho leaves the match. Olivier Giroud comes on.
Olivier Giroud's coming on for Arsenal. 75 minutes too late.— FourFourTom (@FourFourTom) October 24, 2012
Fans in front of the press box baying for substitutions. Giroud, Arshavin or even Gnabry - got to be worth a punt surely?— James Olley (@JamesOlley) October 24, 2012
Farfan breaks free on the right again (that's Arsenal's left again), and he tries to cross into the middle.
Gervinho breaks down the left and bursts into the Schalke box. He falls under pressure from Jermaine Jones, and the ref books him for a dive.
Replays show it was a good call. Sigh…
Aaron Ramsey gives the ball away with a poor pass trying to pick out Gervinho. He tracks back and commits a foul for a yellow card.
Tranquillo Barnetta replaces Lewis Holtby.
On the other end, Gervinho glides down to the endline on the left side of the box. He sends a cross into the middle, but no one is there.
Good work from Gervinho there.
Farfan runs free down the right (that's Arsenal's left again), and he crosses dangerously for Huntelaar.
Huntelaar nearly gets on the end of the ball, but he misses. Any contact would have meant a goal.
Mannone let that one fly past him. Not a good decision.
63'—ARS 0, SCH 0
Besides that one really early chance, Arsenal haven't been in the game during the second half. They need a change.
It could be worse, though. Man City are losing 2-1 to Ajax in Holland.
Santos intercepted but only because he was in a position he was not supposed to be in.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) October 24, 2012
60'—ARS 0, SCH 0
Farfan frees Uchida on the right (that's Arsenal's left again). Uchida tries to cross back to the middle, but Arsenal clear.
Corner for Schalke. Howedes heads the ball downward and it bounces up and over the goal.
56'—ARS 0, SCH 0
The camera pans to Arsene Wenger in the stands. He does not look happy.
Can't imagine why…
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