Arsenal vs. Udinese Play by Play Blog: Analysis of the UEFA Champions League
BleacherReport welcomes fans worldwide to this live blog of UEFA Champions League football with the second leg of the playoff qualification round between Arsenal and Udinese. The Gunners' possess a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg but will have their hands full in Italy at the Stadio Friuli.
Arsene Wenger's men have huge financial and reputation security relying on an Arsenal victory. The North London giants have endured a slow start to the season and literally cannot afford defeat.
That is all from BleacheReport World Football. It is Arsenal 2, Udinese 1 with the Gunners' 3-1 on aggergate.
BleacherReport's Man of the Match goes to Thomas Vermaelen but Alexandre Song was a close second.
Refief for Arsene Wenger and the fans. The focus can now turn to the Premier League. Arsenal's presence will not be missing in the 2011/2012 UEFA Champions League campaign. Was there ever any doubt?
A convincing second half which like the first was exciting and entertaining. Gervinho was impressive and appears to be justifying his more than ten million pound signing. Walcott had a less impact game but provided the crucial second goal.
However Wojiech Szczesny penalty save, which was harshly given, was superb and saved Arsenal whilst crushing Udinese. Wenger can look to the transfer window now after this huge win.
The final whilst goes. What a moral boosting victory for Arsenal.
Arsenal 2 (van Persie 55, Walcott 69) Udinese 1 (Di Natale 39)
91st minute: Robin van Persie finds space on the edge of the area. Fires strongly at Handanovic befor Armand Traore does like wise.
Three minutes of injury time
90th minute: Arsenal substitution: Andrei Arshavin on for Theo Walcott.
The Arsenal fans chanting Wojciech Szczesny.
86th minute: Udinese substitution:Giovani Pasquale on for Medhi Benatia
Benatia is being strecthered off for Udinese.
85th minute: Arsenal substituion: Armand Traore on for Gervinho.
Arsenal bossing possession. Toying with Udinese to an extent now and the Italians beginning to become frustrated.
82nd minute: Di Natale heads from a corner, Szczesny makes a strong save.
82nd minute: Udinese substitution: Germain Denis on for Mauricio Isla.
81st minute: Walcott elegantly curls a long shot from the edge of the box and Handanovic makes a strong save.
Alexandre Song and Thomas Vermaelen have both shown their leadership and experience with composed, strong performances.
Commentators still talking about Wojciech Szczesny amazing save.
78th minute: Aaron Ramsey long range effort dealt with ease by Handanovic.
77th minute: Badu play Di Natale in the box but the Italian fires wide.
The game much calmer now. Udinese look morally drained.
74th minute: Arsenal youngster Carl Jenkinson is booked for a foul on Diego Fabrini.
73rd minute: Walcott is cheaply fouled by Benatia and reacts which results in both players receiving yellow cards.
71st minute: Theo Walcott is down and has stayed down in the Arsenal box after contesting a ball with Udinese defender Neutron. Replays show a minor elbow.
Relief for the Gunners'. Wenger joyous, it seems too far for the enthusiastic Udinese as Walcott impresses with Capello watching on. Is this the turning point in Arsenal's early season?
68th minute: GOAL: Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League surely. Theo Walcott finally delivers. Played through by Bacary Sagna and the Englishman goes one on one with Handanovic and finishes neatly at the inside post.
67th minute: Gervinho shows impressive skill on the run and creates space in the box but his shot is weak and is dealt with by Handanovic.
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