Schalke vs. Arsenal: Champions League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Schalke 04 2-2 Arsenal, Veltins Arena, Full Time
After going 2-0 up early in the first half, Arsenal were ultimately forced into settling for just the one point after Schalke staged a comeback to ensure they stayed atop Group B.
Theo Walcott was the man to put the Gunners in front before Olivier Giroud contributed with his first Champions League goal to double the visitors' lead.
However, goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan drew the hosts level and both sides can arguably be content with point taken from this clash, albeit for very different reasons.
Arsenal Starting XI: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Arteta, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
Arsenal Subs: Shea, Santos, Djourou, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Arshavin, Chamakh
Scorers: Walcott (18'), Giroud (26')
Schalke 04 Starting XI: Unnerstall, Howedes, Uchida, Fuchs, Matip, Holtby, Afellay, Jones, Neustader, Farfan, Huntelaar
Schalke 04 Subs: Hildebrand,Marica,Hoeger,Papadopoulos,Moritz,Draxler and Kolasinac
Scorers: Huntelaar (45+2'), Farfan (70')
In the end, the teams have no choice to share the spoils and Group B is still there for the taking as far as Arsenal, Schalke and even third-place Olympiakos are concerned.
Despite going two goals up in the first half, Arsene Wenger would have undoubtedly taken a point before kickoff and can be pleased with the draw against formidable opposition.
Huub Stevens' side remain a point adrift at the top of Group B matters, but the manager won't be formulating his plans for the knockout phases just yet, and all three of the aforementioned sides need to take six points from their remaining encounters.
Tranquillo Barnetta comes on for Lewis Holtby, who's been all over the place tonight.
The Swiss international is sporting a classy moustache, for only what I can assume is due to MOvember. Good on that man.
90'+3—SCH 2-2 ARL
Just as they did in the first period, it's Schalke who are ending the second half as the stronger of the two sides, probing the Arsenal defence inside their own third.
Christian Fuchs attempts to find someone in the area, but can only find row Z as he crosses past the byline and out for an Arsenal goal kick.
90+1'—SCH 2-2 ARL
The fourth official signals for four minutes of extra time.
90'—DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION (Arsenal)
Arsene Wenger shows that he's pleased with just a point and throws on Andre Santos in place of Lukas Podolski while Francis Coquelin comes on for Santi Cazorla.
89'—SCH 2-2 ARL
Christian Fuchs eases Theo Walcott off of the ball in an Arsenal attack, much to the displeasure of the travelling Gooners.
However, any claims for a free-kick come to even less that nothing and referee, Nicola Rizzoli, is assured in his decision.
The two sides continue to trade possession.
86'—SCH 2-2 ARL
There was a slight break after Thomas Vermaelen clattered with Benedikt Höwedes, taking his time to get to his feet.
After a minute on the side, Arsenal's stalwart is now back on and the Gunners are back to having 11 men.
They'll need it for these remaining five minutes.
84'—SCH 2-2 ARL
Slightly predictably, the equaliser has meant that both teams are now more afraid of conceding than scoring the next goal, just as they were at the beginning.
A quiet period for both outfits.
81'—SCH 2-2 ARL
Michael Cummings giving his two cents on just why Arsene Wenger doesn't feel he gets the rub of the green with officials sometimes.
Perhaps he's onto something there..
78'—YELLOW CARD (Schalke)
Jermaine Jones, who isn't a soft player by any means, goes up for a header with Thomas Vermaelen, but it judged to have unlawfully used his elbow in the process.
By the way the US international strutted off, he doesn't seem too bothered.
74'—ARSENAL HIT THE WOODWORK!
Laurent Koscielny shows some attacking flair by venturing into the Schalke half, and takes advantage by chipping a ball into the path of Theo Walcott, who curls an effort onto Unnerstall's left-hand post.
It wouldn't have counted had it gone in, as the Englishman is swiftly ruled as offside, but an encouraging bit of play for Wenger's side.
71'—SCH 2-2 ARL
Arsenal now have to survive the pressure of Die Knappen for the next 20 minutes, and this match really could go in anyone's favour.
At this point, Stevens' men deserve to be level, but a late surge from either team will decide who clinches the three points.
It's been coming,that's for sure.
Ibrahim Afellay, who's been a constant threat to Arsenal this evening, crosses into Lewis Holtby, who completely miscues his header.
It doesn't matter, though, as Jefferson Farfan finds the ball at the backpost and drills a shot at the Gunners' goal, an effort that is simply too strong for Thomas Vermaelen to do anything but parry into the net.
Marco Höger, who only came on for Uchida in the first half, has had to come off due to that injury suffered around the Podolski yellow card.
Kyriakos Papadapoulos on.
64'—SCHALKE SO CLOSE!
Vito Mannone is really doing himself justice tonight and does well to fend off a long range Lewis Holtby effort that is quivering wickedly through the air.
The shot takes a Koscielny deflection on the way through, and Afellay then tests the Italian once more, but he's equal to it.
Arsenal's No.2 is currently Numero Uno.
62'—YELLOW CARD (Arsenal)
Lukas Podolski is cautioned for dissent after clattering the ball into the advertisement board for being called as offside.
The German international feels that an injured Schalke defender is playing him on (which he is), but that the referee then stopping for the injury is ridiculous.
Up for debate, that one.
61'—ARSENAL CLEAR OFF THE LINE
Mikel Arteta's chest can take responsibility for keeping Arsenal in front of this fixture, after Marco Höger absolutely lashes an effort straight into the Spaniard from a Christian Fuchs corner.
Huntelaar is (40) is 1 goal shy of joint 2nd place as Dutch top scorer in European comps. vNistelrooy leads with 62, ahead of Kluivert (41).— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 6, 2012
57'—SCH 1-2 ARL
Huub Stevens is a wonderfully animated character on the edge of the touchline, belting out commands to the players that have served him so well in recent years.
You get the feeling a change might be made soon..
54'—MAYHEM IN ARSENAL AREA
The home side are smelling blood now and the loud Gelsenkirchen audience go into a frenzy when the ball ricochets around the Arsenal box in pinball-esque fashion.
In the end, the Royal Blues can't get a shot through on goal thanks to some desperate defending from the Gunners, but the home side are gaining in confidence.
51'—MANNONE SAVES ARSENAL
Wojciech Szczesny may be the No.1 Arsenal fans have grown to love but Vito Mannone hasn't done his reputation any bad tonight.
The Italian is called into action after Jermaine Jones finds Klaas-Jan Huntelaar unmarked, but the Dutchman can only shoot into the oncoming figure of Mannone.
Evidence of that Arsenal defensive laziness that has crept up in recent weeks, there.
47'—SCH 1-2 ARL
Arsenal find the first chance of the second half as Lukas Podolski clips a ball to the backpost, where Olivier Giroud finds room away from Christian Fuchs.
However, the Frenchman almost does too well, and powers his volley straight into the floor and then over Unnerstall's net.
Schalke, who are hoping to appease the home fans who have refused to quieten in their ways, get the second half underway..
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