UEFA Champions League

September 26, 2006



2 - 0

FC Porto

Group A

18:45 +00:00, September 26, 2006

Emirates Stadium, England

  • 93'

    Full time. And a deserved win for the Gunners.

  • 93'

    Walcott loses the ball badly. Eboue does well to get back and defend. Lehmann collects the corner, and the whistle is blown.

  • 92'

    Alex Song is ready to come on for Gallas. Postiga, who has been ineffectual tonight, is caught offside again.

  • 91'

    Walcott and Henry get their wires crossed. Gallas down injured, it looks like a hamstring which would really take the gloss off the night.

  • 90'

    3 mins to go.

  • 90'

    Walcott and Eboue do well. Eboue looks very tired, but he's played superbly. Henry picks it up and wins a throw, Arsenal just playing down the clock.

  • 89'

    Fabreags and Ljungburg do well, cross comes in and again no-one is there. Peter Crouch would have scored 10 tonight if he'd been playing for Arsenal.

  • 88'

    Too late now for Porto, they look out of ideas.

  • 87'

    Another good tackle gets punished. This ref hasn't had a good game and books Gilberto.

  • 86'

    Ljungburg breaks down the left. Henry and Rosicky help him out and Arsenal force a corner.

  • 85'

    Big cheer as Walcott gets his first touch. But he loses the ball and Porto play it around. Eboue is back on the field.

  • 85'

    Theo Walcott comes on for Hleb.

  • 84'

    Terrible shot from Bruno Alves. Well wide.

  • 84'

    Eboue being stretchered off, it looks like cramp, so Wenger will hope it's not too serious.

  • 83'

    Theo Walcott looks ready to come on. Eboue is down injured though, he's had a great game.

  • 83'

    The excellent Eboue gives it to Ljungburg in the box, he should have hit it with his left foot, but shifts it right and it's blocked.

  • 82'

    The new stadium is nearly full, and the crowd will be happy with Arsenal's performance tonight.

  • 81'

    Henry wins the corner. The defenders are staying back though, Rosicky lines up a shot, but hits it wide.

  • 80'

    Quaresma does very well, cuts inside Eboue and shoots. Lehmann spills the shot and reclaims it just before it crosses the line.

  • 79'

    Arsenal have eased off, but still look capable of scoring again. Bosingwa certainly unhappy at having to deal with Henry and Ljungburg.

  • 78'

    Rosicky called up for a foul, he's got to be careful. Toure again repels the cross by Porto. Henry slid in, he cuts it back for Fabregas, whose shot is straight at the keeper.

  • 77'

    Ljungburg looks full of running. Arsenal knock it around patiently. Fabregas dispossessed by Pepe.

  • 76'

    Ljungburg and Henry knock it around slowly on the left. Arsenal lose out to Gonzalez and Eboue is forced to make a tackle in defence.

  • 75'

    Porto running out of time and belief...

  • 74'

    Henry beats Bosingwa on the left, swings in a cross, but well cleared from the penalty spot by Porto.

  • 74'

    Rosicky runs at Alves, Henry slows it down and Ljungburg gets his first touch.

  • 73'

    Great cross in by Porto, no-one there again as the ball makes it out for a goal kick. Van Persie heads off for Ljungburg.

  • 73'

    Bosingwa gets a cross in but Lehmann is there. No-one attacking the near post! Arsenal break out quickly, but Alves tidies up.

  • 71'

    Quaresma floats a lovely ball in, but Toure is there again. He's been a rock at the back for Arsenal tonight.

  • 71'

    Ljungburg is getting ready to come on.

  • 70'

    Porto try to break but lose possession.

  • 70'

    Van Persie fakes to shoot, and nearly plays it Fabregas, but it's too hard and Fabregas goes down under a challenge from Pepe. No Penalty.

  • 68'

    Arsenal retreat as Porto have the ball in defence. They have the lead, and won't want to let Porto back in the game.

  • 67'

    Gallas finds space. Van Persie hits it to the far post, but no-one was there again. Arsenal are really lacking a tall striker up front.

  • 66'

    Rosicky plays a ball through, but Hleb didn't read it and Porto clear.

  • 66'

    Henry again slows down the play when he should have run with the ball.

  • 66'

    Toure slices a clearance over his own bar. Porto will look to cross the ball with the arrival of Adriano.

  • 65'

    Anderson gets by Hleb and pulls the ball back, Gallas is there though. Adriano comes on for Anderson.

  • 64'

    Excellent tackle by Rosicky again, but the ref books Rosicky for a foul. Terrible decision and the Porto player's reaction made the booking.

  • 63'

    Henry bursts forward, but Arsenal slow it down again. Henry down injured at the moment.

  • 62'

    Raul Meireles fires in a shot, easily saved by Lehmann. Porto don't look like troubling the German keeper yet.

  • 60'

    Hleb does well in defence. Arsenal bring it away with Hoyte. Henry just can't get on the end of his ball forward.

  • 60'

    Henry looking to pull the strings for Arsenal. Van Persie and Rosicky look dangerous on the edge of the box, but Porto come away with it.

  • 59'

    Anderson called up for the foul.

  • 58'

    Porto trying to get an attack going, the midfield is congested as Arsenal look to squeeze Porto's threat.

  • 58'

    Raul Meireles hits a shot after a bad clearance by Hleb. Walcott appears on the touchline and the crowd cheer his arrival.

  • 56'

    Cech tackles well in defence and Arsenal get the corner. Gallas makes his way forward. But Van Persie's corner is cut short, Rosicky in space fires over the bar. He should have done better.

  • 55'

    Lehmann punches bizarrely. Rosicky mistimes his clearance, but Arsenal tidy up and break forward.

  • 55'

    Anderson does very well as Fabregas fouls him on the edge of the Arsenal box.

  • 53'

    Henry in full flow down the left, beats Pepe and forces a corner. Henry gestures for the crowd to get into the game.

  • 52'

    Bosingwa handballs and Arsenal get the ball back. Hleb's goal means Arsenal now have 10 different scorers already this season.

  • 52'

    Excellent tackle from Eboue, after he tracked the run of Postiga all the way back.

  • 51'

    Rosicky and Fabregas knock it around in the middle. Arsenal pour forward as Eboue's cross misses all three forwards.

  • 51'

    Rosicky and Quaresma tussle, a free-kick is awarded as the two square-up. Porto waste it, but Lehmann still shouts at his defence.

  • 49'

    Rosicky wins the throw in. Porto fans look very unhappy, Wenger shouting orders at his players. He'll want more goals for sure.

  • 47'

    Great start for the Gunners. Porto have their work cut out now.

  • 46'

    GOAL! Gallas great run at at the defence, he passes it square to Henry who rolls it right to the advancing Hleb who smashes it into the bottom corner of the net. Excellent goal and well finished.

  • 46'

    Gilberto wastes the ball across to Van Persie and Porto get the throw in.

  • 45'

    Arsenal maintain posession in the opening moments. Porto come out unchanged and will need to do more to mount an attack on Arsenal's lead.

  • 45'

    Kick off for the second half.

  • 45'


  • 44'

    Assuncao shoots but gathered by Lehmann. Henry finds space from the ball out, Arsenal slow it down again. The cross comes in from Hleb, Van Persie flicks it on from the edge of the box and Helton struggles to claw it out from under the bar.

  • 44'

    Possession being squandered by both sides and Toure does well to clear as Porto look to press before the half.

  • 42'

    Hleb wastes the shot with his left foot. Porto look vulnerable down that right side.

  • 41'

    Eboue and Hleb combining very well down the right. Van Perise twists and turns and his shot is blocked. Arsenal have the swagger back and Porto will do well not to concede again.

  • 40'

    Henry does well with no space. Arsenal slow it down and will be happy to take the lead into the break.

  • 39'

    Henry looks rejuvinated by the goal. He closes down Alves, but Porto collect again.

  • 38'

    Wonderful ball from Eboue, an unusual headed goal for the Gunners.

  • 38'

    GOAL. Brilliant from Arsenal. Eboue runs at the left-back and swings in a perfect cross. Henry leaps on the edge of the six-yard box and heads it back across goal into the net.

  • 36'

    Great ball out to Rosicky. Van Persie's trickery gets him space on the left, but Porto's defenders cut out the danger.

  • 35'

    Quaresma forces a corner after Eboue makes a mess of a clearance. Swung in and Lehmann gathers well.

  • 34'

    Eboue does well to cut out the Porto break.

  • 33'

    Hoyte hits a great ball over the top to Van Persie. He smashes a shot near post, but Helton tips it round the post.

  • 33'

    Rosicky's pace forces a corner, but Porto probably should have had a goal-kick after the ball rebounded.

  • 32'

    Van Persie lines it up. Nice ball in, headed out and Fabregas hits a shot past the post.

  • 32'

    Great turn by Hleb, Costa booked for holding Hleb's shirt and Arsenal get the free-kick.

  • 31'

    The impressive Cech just fails to keep the ball in on the left flank.

  • 30'

    Wasteful by the dutchman. Arsenal should be ahead, but that's the story of the game so far.

  • 30'

    Henry jinks past defenders and slides Van Persie in on the right. He has all the time in the world to put Arsenal ahead, but he leans back and smashes it over the bar!

  • 28'

    Henry full of tricks but very little end product at the moment. Eboue gets free and crosses. But no-one there AGAIN!

  • 27'

    Wenger told to sit down by the ref.

  • 27'

    Rosicky penalised for an excellent tackle, all of the ball, but Anderson wins the free-kick. Lobbed in to Postiga again who is offside.

  • 26'

    Porto collect it again and pass it around their defence. They're frustrating Arsenal, as Hoyte loses possession after a good run forward.

  • 25'

    Far too deep by Van Persie. Arsenal really are wasting their crosses.

  • 24'

    Eboue forces a corner after more good work from Hleb.

  • 23'

    Arsenal are finding room down the flanks, but have no-one running into the box when a cross comes in. Henry is dropping deep.

  • 22'

    Gilberto and Rosicky combine well, but Van Persie puts another cross in. There are no Arsenal players in the box. Again. And it's caught by Helton.

  • 22'

    Porto corner swung in. Lehmann comes out miles to try and claim but misses it. Eventually Alves wastes it by trying an overhead kick.

  • 20'

    Gilberto can't find Henry's run. Porto have controlled much of the possession since the first 5 mins. Arsenal need a little something extra, they're under pressure again.

  • 20'

    Rosicky does well and finds Van Persie who puts a good ball in, easily claimed under no pressure by Helton.

  • 19'

    Hleb loses it to Quaresma, who should have done a lot better to play Postiga through.

  • 18'

    Quaresma offside, he's looked sharp with Cech down the right hand side.

  • 17'

    Hleb plays Henry in, he fakes and then crosses back to the pen spot, but no-one is there. Alves heads it from under Helton's nose.

  • 16'

    Ref calls Hleb up for a foul. Arsenal desperate to get on the ball.

  • 16'

    Eboue fouls Quaresma from behind. Anderson has free-kick way out on the right. Well cleared by Gilberto.. But again there are no forwards present to pick up the clearance.

  • 15'

    Porto patiently passing it around. The crowd are starting to get restless as Arsenal haven't had much possession in the last few minutes.

  • 14'

    Weak corner but Bruno Alves flicks it goalwards and Rosicky clears off the post.

  • 14'

    Henry hobbling as Hoyte makes a mess of a clearance with Gallas. Corner to Porto.

  • 13'

    Postiga caught offside again as the long ball is sent up. Arsenal struggling to get a grip on the game after a promising opening.

  • 12'

    Van Persie should really have tracked the full-back's run. The ball breaks out and Quaresma shoots way over the bar.

  • 11'

    Bosingwa wins a corner for Porto

  • 10'

    Gilberto spreads the play and Henry slips as he tries to get Hleb in. Toure charges forward, he can be dangerous! But dispossessed by Bruno Alves

  • 10'

    Arsenal are certainly pushing for an early goal.

  • 9'

    Hleb and Rosicky combine well, but Henry is alone in the box and is beaten in the air.

  • 8'

    Postiga called offside as Porto look to find an opening in the middle. Porto getting more and more into the game, but Arsenal still looking dangerous.

  • 8'

    Van Persie miscontrols, Rosicky picks it up and shoots, easy save by Helton.

  • 8'

    Eboue holds off Postiga and looked to have swung an arm, referee gave nothing.

  • 7'

    Postiga juggles with the ball, but Hleb gets his foot in and gets the throw in.

  • 6'

    Gilberto makes amends and clears well. Porto pick up posession again as there are no Arsenal players in the Porto half. They were all defending the free-kick.

  • 6'

    Foul by Gilberto. Anderson takes it.

  • 5'

    Henry not quick enough to catch up with the ball.

  • 4'

    Arsenal on the charge again. Rosicky has a shot, wide. Arsenal have looked very good so far, but it's still 0-0.

  • 3'

    Goal. No. Fabregas called up for the ball having gone out of play as he crossed it back for Toure to put into the net. No goal given.

  • 3'

    Hoyte gets his first touch. Arsenal playing excellent one-touch football. Van Persie hits it from 30 yards, great effort, well saved by Helton

  • 2'

    Needless corner conceded by Porto. Headed out from under the crossbar

  • 2'

    Van Persie great run and cross, but no-one was in the box. Classic Arsenal! Where were the strikers?

  • 1'

    Hleb loses possession when he should have crossed the ball into the box.

  • 1'

    Arsenal gain possession. Van Persie looks to be playing wide, Fabregas through the middle

  • 1'

    Kick off


    Djourou replaced by Hoyte, meaning Gallas will play at centre back


    Arsenal: Lehmann, Eboue, Toure, Gallas, Hoyte, Hleb,Fabregas, Silva, Rosicky, Henry, Van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Ljungberg, Julio Baptista, Song Billong, Adebayor, Walcott.
    FC Porto: Helton, Bosingwa, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Cech, Gonzalez, Paulo Assuncao, Ricardo Costa, Anderson, Quaresma, Postiga. Subs: Vitor Baia, Lopez, Sektioui, Fucile, Raul Meireles, Jorginho, Adriano. Ref: Stefano Farina (Italy)