UEFA Champions League

December 10, 2002

Full-time

Arsenal

0 - 0

Valencia

Group B

19:45 +00:00, December 10, 2002

Highbury, England

Referee: Kim Nielsen

  • 90'

    The final whistle goes - it's been a drab and depressing affair and finishes befittingly goalless. Wrap up warm, now

  • 90'

    Henry fires in a late cross - again Valencia clear - Cygan plays it back in, but it's straight at the first defender

  • 90'

    More drama in those few seconds than in the whole of the rest of the match, pretty much

  • 90'

    Straight to the other end - Carew hooks in an acrobatic shot with Seaman looking uncertain, and Sol Campbell hooks it off the line

  • 90'

    Kanu is denied by Palop - the Arsenal man hooks the ball back towards Wiltord, who miscues it towards goal and sees the effort scrambled off the line...

  • 89'

    Cole crosses, but it's poor once again. Just a few seconds or normal time are left...

  • 88'

    Aurelio does well to keep the ball away from snapping Gunners midfielders, but to no avail - the offside flag goes up

  • 87'

    Then great pace from Carew gives him a difficult shooting chance - he hits it cleanly, but it swings wide of the target

  • 87'

    Valencia, defending deep, clear it with no problems at all and now they'll make another change. Baraja is off, and Fabio Aurelio is on

  • 86'

    ...and it's given away. More frustration for the home supporters, but here's Bergkamp with a cross...

  • 85'

    Arsenal attack again, with time running out at Highbury. It's Wiltord...

  • 84'

    Carboni hits it well - but wide of Seaman's far post

  • 83'

    Baraja wins a dangerous free-kick, 25 yards out and central...

  • 82'

    And Torres gets it clear. It will be a major surprise if this doesn't finish 0-0... Kanu, though, comes on for Pires in a last-ditch move to boost the attack

  • 81'

    Parlour switches play to Cole on the left - back it goes to Parlour. Cole takes over again...

  • 80'

    Just for a second, it looks as though Bergkamp has got clear - but the flag goes up and those hopes are dashed

  • 79'

    Aimar goes off and Carlos Marchena replaces him as Valencia elect to make a switch

  • 79'

    It causes a major scramble, but Valencia just about get it clear with Campbell looking to take advantage

  • 78'

    Sylvain Wiltord replaces Ljungberg - and now the flag-kick can be taken...

  • 77'

    It's a good run, and he forces a corner - but a change is afoot before it can be taken

  • 76'

    Still the same formula so far, and Ashley Cole looks to make the break for the Highbury side...

  • 75'

    Lauren fires in a cross, and Albelda clears. Arsenal could be considering another change...

  • 74'

    Aimar's free-kick is terrible, and the Gunners clear their lines with contemptuous ease

  • 74'

    Parlour's booked - a foul on Torres, who is limping heavily after all that

  • 73'

    Can Wenger's men take advantage of their numerical superiority. They have just over 15 minutes in which to do that...

  • 72'

    He's shown the red card, and the visitors are down to ten. Ljungberg shoots as the action gets back under way - it's well dealt with by the keeper

  • 71'

    Carboni and Bergkamp battle inside the area - Carboni wins it. Cygan and Angulo tussle in the area, and the Valencia man swings an arm at his opponent...

  • 70'

    Another Valencia pass goes out of play, and this - there's no escaping it - is an appalling game of football

  • 69'

    Or has it? Henry gets into the area and only a very good block by Ayala stops a dangerous situation

  • 68'

    It's as silent as can be inside Highbury, and Arsenal's brief spell of better, higher-tempo play looks to have burned itself out

  • 67'

    Another moment of the magic, bewitching quality that only the Champions League can provide - Baraja hits a pass straight out of play

  • 66'

    Henry takes over, and his rather wild effort on goal gets a deflection and goes behind for a corner...

  • 66'

    The Gunners play it forward, but Ljungberg can't find room to create any sort of chance

  • 65'

    Cygan glances a header back to Seaman from a long ball forward by the visitors

  • 64'

    Carboni stands his ground superbly to clear both the original cross and the follow-up - Valencia have defended very well

  • 63'

    Henry wins a corner, though - can that cheer up the hordes?

  • 63'

    The move breaks down - more groans from what has been a very subdued home crowd

  • 62'

    ...but Bergkamp is unable to take advantage and it's cleared. Back come the Gunners, and Ljungberg wins a throw near the penalty area

  • 61'

    Valencia have a throw inside their own half - they give it away...

  • 60'

    ...because that's been the story of the night at Highbury. Below-par stuff from the Gunners

  • 59'

    Lauren on the attack for Arsenal. He crosses - and it's too long. No real surprise there

  • 58'

    It's cleared but played back in - badly. The ball is overhit and goes for a goal-kick

  • 57'

    It comes to nothing - but a mistake allows Carew to win the ball back and gain his side a corner...

  • 56'

    Aimar is felled by Cole midway inside the Arsenal half - free-kick to Valencia

  • 55'

    Much more snap about Arsenal's play in this half - they're raising the tempo and their game

  • 54'

    Aimar crosses, Cygan intercepts and Arsenal break. Bergkamp gets on the end of a cross by Henry, and keeper Palop holds on well

  • 53'

    Henry then tries a shot, but it's disappointing by his high standards and skids wide of the far post

  • 52'

    Pires makes a strong run down the left... Ayala stops him, but this is better from the home side

  • 52'

    Arsenal's best moment of the game - can it inspire them to a more convincing performance?

  • 51'

    ...and it's a brilliant stop by Palop. Henry fires goalwards again, and Valencia scramble it clear from almost on the line

  • 50'

    Again the Gunners give the ball away, but they recover possession and Parlour finds Henry... Ljungberg is there

  • 49'

    Then, at the other end, Carew finds space on the right but skews his shot so badly that it goes out for a throw

  • 48'

    He's alright though - play goes on and Bergkamp almost frees Pires down the left. Good defending stops him in his tracks

  • 47'

    Gilberto is hurt in an accidental collision with team-mate Pascal Cygan... maybe that sums up the state of this game for Arsenal so far

  • 47'

    But back come the Gunners, and this time they have a corner... Lauren plays it back in and Henry can't quite get there ahead of Palop

  • 46'

    He wins a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the Valencia area. Pires swings it in, and Palop punches...

  • 45'

    The second half is under way, and Arsenal come forward with Ashley Cole...

  • 45'

    That's half-time - it's been a desperately disappointing game so far and thoroughly deserves to be 0-0

  • 45'

    So here's some more weather - London is in for another frosty night, with light snow turning to rain in the south west

  • 44'

    Free-kick to Valencia in midfield - a foul by Parlour. It's so bitty and scrappy that it's hard to imagine where a goal will come from

  • 43'

    Cole tries his luck again, this time from the edge of the area. It's high and wide, but it was an enterprising move by the full-back

  • 42'

    Parlour wins a free-kick, bursting forward with real purpose. The ball in, however, is poor - very much in keeping with the tone of this game so far

  • 41'

    Gilberto threads a nice ball into Cole, on the left of the Valencia area. He hits a low shot, which skims across goal

  • 40'

    The offside flag goes up against him - and that looks a pretty harsh decision. Five minutes of a disappointing first half remaining

  • 39'

    Palop kicks long towards Carew, who finds Aimar running through...

  • 38'

    Arsene Weger makes that change - Parlour comes into the fray

  • 37'

    Vieira, who has been struggling, is set to be replaced by Parlour - the skipper hasn't looked fully fit throughout

  • 37'

    The home side look slightly affected by their weekend defeat at Old Trafford - the spark just isn't there

  • 36'

    Bergkamp stands over another free-kick - he whips it into the area and Palop punches clear this time

  • 35'

    Henry whips the ball in low, and Carew blocks it easily. Good chances have been very thin on the ground in this game so far

  • 34'

    Free-kick for Arsenal, on the corner of the area. There are plenty forward for the home side here...

  • 33'

    The referee spots some pushing by Carew, and Arsenal have the free-kick

  • 32'

    Pellegrino takes a long free-kick for Valencia - it comes off Gilberto and now Valencia have a corner

  • 31'

    Henry breaks into the area on the left - he attempts an angled shot and Palop saves. Good chance, and good build-up play from the Gunners too

  • 31'

    He curls it around the wall, but Palop is in the right place to claim comfortably

  • 30'

    Dangerous free-kick to Arsenal - a foul on Vieira some 25 yards out. This is one for Henry...

  • 29'

    Valencia inside their own half - they move forward stylishly, and Lauren makes a sliding challenge to deny Palop

  • 28'

    Bergkamp hits a shot which deflects - straight at keeper Palop

  • 27'

    Lauren battles on the right-hand side and wins another corner. This is more like it...

  • 27'

    Pires takes, and Pellegrino is there with a firm clearing header

  • 27'

    Can they engineer a breakthrough from this set piece?

  • 26'

    Bergkamp fights for a high cross into the area, and that wins Arsenal a corner...

  • 24'

    Lauren and Vicente tangle, and the Valencia man tumbles to the ground... the referee waves play on

  • 24'

    Cygan clears up from a Carew flick... half a century ago, a killer smog enveloped large parts of London during a spell of cold weather

  • 23'

    Bergkamp tries a long-range shot - it's high over the top, though

  • 22'

    Then Valencia get a dangerous cross in - the Gunners defence looks uncomfortable, but nobody from the Spanish champions can get the all-important touch

  • 22'

    The best move of the game by Arsenal - that could so easily have brought them a breakthrough

  • 21'

    ...who can't bring it under control and the opportunity goes begging

  • 21'

    Vieira now - he finds Pires and he finds Bergkamp: it's a great cross towards Ljungberg...

  • 20'

    Campbell battles with Carew and wins the ball well just outside his own penalty area

  • 19'

    Ljungberg chases another long ball forward... again the keeper is there

  • 18'

    Carbonari takes a throw - and when the ball comes back to him, a gruesome miscontrol sees it slide out of play

  • 17'

    Valencia are winning the ball from Arsenal pretty easily just now - the Gunners' customary slick passing is nowhere to be seen

  • 16'

    Henry on the corner of the area - his cross is charged down. It's still cold

  • 16'

    It's very cold in London tonight - people are strongly advised to turn their heating up. It may even snow

  • 15'

    Not much going on in the game, so here's a weather report...

  • 15'

    Arsenal give the ball away again - Angulo plays it high towards Carew, but Seaman is there again

  • 14'

    Rodrigues Vicente races towards the area after a ball over the top - he tries a shot, but it's feeble and Seaman gathers with no problems whatsoever

  • 13'

    Bergkamp and Cole link - and Pires is in on the far side of area. He shoots, but it's straight at Palop

  • 12'

    Vicente on the left for Valencia - Lauren clears the danger with a good challenge

  • 12'

    Henry is back defending, and gets plenty of power on his header away

  • 11'

    Carew tries to change all that - he takes on Cygan and wins his side a corner in front of the North Bank...

  • 11'

    A fairly shapeless opening to the game so far - neither side able to hit any kind of rhythm as yet

  • 10'

    Pires attempts to trick his way through on the right - Bergkamp flicks the ball into the area, but it just about runs through to keeper Andres Palop

  • 9'

    Valencia's free-kick now... Aimar heads on but Seaman gets there ahead of the waiting Angulo

  • 8'

    He tries a shot, but slices it well wide at the Clock End of Highbury

  • 8'

    Good play by Pires - he finds Henry and the ball falls to Gilberto 25 yards out...

  • 6'

    Angulo is crunched by Cole - free-kick to Valencia, who might have felt an advantage could have been played there

  • 5'

    Cole and Cygan get in each other's way - Carew tries to get there but can't quite make it. Uncertainty from Arsenal...

  • 5'

    A miscontrol by Baraja gives the Gunners possession, but Aimar does well to force a throw for his side midway inside the Arsenal half

  • 4'

    Vieira hassles and harries on the left, but the throw goes to the visitors deep inside their own half

  • 3'

    Cygan links with Bergkamp - Cole gets in on the left and Pellegrino is there once more

  • 3'

    Then the ever-dangerous Henry is on the chase again - Pellegrino stops him

  • 2'

    He attempts a slide-rule pass through to Ljungberg, but the visitors deal with that easily enough

  • 2'

    It goes all the way back to Seaman, then forward to Henry...

  • 1'

    Vieira wins the ball in the air and the Gunners look to move forward - they win a free-kick on halfway against Torres...

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    They launch the ball long, and immediately Miguel Angel Angulo finds space on the right... he crosses, but nobody's there to get on the end of it

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    Valencia get the game under way - can they do to Arsenal what they did to Liverpool in the first phase?

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