Arsenal 1-0 Udinese

Shaky Gunners escape a nervy night

August 16, 2011
By Kevin Palmer, Emirates Stadium
(Archive)
You may remember the days when those who dared to question Arsene Wenger's judgement were subjected to vitriolic abuse from Arsenal supporters. Such poisonous words were condemned as blasphemy against a messiah.

Yet as the first home game of this already troubled season dawned for Wenger and his depleted side, the mood of pessimism surrounding a modestly populated Emirates Stadium was palpable for a Champions League play-off game that so nearly deepened the Arsenal gloom.

That ...

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