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Arsenal Champions League Player Ratings vs. Sporting Braga: 6-0

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer ISeptember 16, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15:  Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal gets away from Vandinho (L) and Miguel Garcia of Braga during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Arsenal and SC Braga at the Emirates Stadium on September 15, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Arsenal began their European campaign for 2010/2011 in emphatic style with a hugely impressive 6-0 win over Portuguese champions Sporting Braga.

The Gunners entered the game in form with three consecutive wins, alongside their strong form was home advantaged with the encounter being staged at the Emirates.

From the word go, Arsene Wenger's men looked the more lively, creating a host of chances but failing to capitalize. Captain Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring through a penalty effort after Marouane Chamakh was brought down by Braga shotstopper Felipe in the ninth minute.

From then on in, Arsenal were in the driving seat, creating chance after chance and scoring some absolutely stunning efforts.

Cesc Fabregas boasted a double along with Carlos Vela with Andrei Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh also engraving their names onto the score sheet. This win epitomizes Arsenal current well being and highlights the confidence currently overflowing at the club.

If injuries refuse to persist than Arsene Wenger and his men will be a force to be reckoned with.

Player Ratings 

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Manuel Almunia:7: Another impressive outing from the much maligned keeper. Rarely challenged but when called upon was always reliable. Promising signs.

Bacary Sagna:7: Not much work required defensively but was lively in attack and contributed credibly. Benefited from the week off. 

Laurent Koscienly:6.5: A solid Champions League début for the new Frenchman. A little nervy on occasion but wasn't exactly ambushed by attacks. 

Sebastien Squillaci:7: Little to deal with but strong when called upon and often showed impressive control.

Gael Clichy:6.5: Solid but like his fellow defenders not an active night defensively. Was able to help out in attack adding extra width.

Alexandre Song:7: Arsenal unsung hero continued his fine defensive form with a number of strong challenges. 

Jack Wilshere:8: Continues to grow in confidence with every game and the young gun looked terrific tonight. Always dangerous and silky smooth on the ball, set up a number of chances and snapped up an assist too.

Cesc Fabregas:9: A stellar performance from Arsenal's fearless leader. Almost untouchable with such admirable control, passing and finishing. An impressive header to get his second, too.

Samir Nasri:7: Didn't look 100 percent having just returned from injury but played with promise and is close to returning to his former self.

Andrei Arshavin:7.5: An artistic goal and very dangerous at times but once again wasteful in possession. However when the Russian is hot, he's boiling.

Marouane Chamakh:8: There were doubts over the Moroccan's head when he arrived at the Emirates this summer, but boy has he made humble pie well. A tremendous work ethic along with such good control and movement. Tidy goal to cap off a strong showing.

Substitutes 

Denilson:7: The Samba star continues to be tidy in possession and thread some nice passes.

Carlos Vela:8: A short stint in which the cool Mexican bagged a stylish double.

Emmanuel Eboue:N/A: An unnecessary and poor substitution by Wenger. The Ivorian was not needed as Eboue is fit and firing, where as Johan Djourou needs match time.

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