UEFA Champions League

November 25, 2008



1 - 0

Dynamo Kiev

Group G

19:45 +00:00, November 25, 2008

Emirates Stadium, England

Referee: Alain Hamer

  • 92'

    And that's it. Arsenal have won with a late goal. They haven't played well, but they got the result and they're through to the next phase.

  • 91'

    Song went close with a shot, but they're just trying to play the clock down now. This will be a much needed boost for Wenger's men.

  • 89'

    Not a good night for the Kiev man.

  • 88'

    Aliev is off. He's said something. The Kiev players are surrounding the ref, having to haul the player away. After his cheating earlier, it's not more than he deserves. It looks like he tried to move the ref out of the way.

  • 86'

    Surely that's the knockout stages now for Arsenal. No goals in the past two games, but that's broken the duck.

  • 86'

    Terrific ball from Fabregas and the Dane took it wide and smashed it right into the corner of the net with his left foot.

  • 86'

    GOAL! Knockout punch from Bendtner.

  • 85'

    Well timed tackle from Gallas and now Djourou is down injured after landing right on it. Ouch.

  • 84'

    Clichy sprays a desperate ball across the pitch. Not much pace, or cutting edge from the Gunners tonight.

  • 83'

    Bangoura tries some skill on the touchline but runs the ball out of play.

  • 82'

    A goalless draw will do it for Arsenal, but only if Fenerbahce don't come back against Porto.

  • 81'

    Djourou just can't get on the end of a sliding ball from Fabregas, or he would have been away down the right.

  • 80'

    Excellent control from Denilson, but again there's a blue shirt in the way. Wilshere drops the shoulder and so nearly slips the ball through to Van Persie.

  • 79'

    Both sides want a winner. At the moment, it could be either.

  • 78'

    Great ball from Van Persie. Right across the area and where was Bendtner? He was on his ankles and had a really good chance to score there.

  • 77'

    Good save from the keeper who has had nothing to do all game.

  • 76'

    Milevskiy finds a gap, the ball is floated over and he finds himself in the box. Almunia out quickly and makes a erally good save. That should liven things up a bit!

  • 75'

    Very hopeful long ball up to Van Persie. This does not look the Arsenal way. Vela coming off, Wilshere on. Youngest ever European debutant.

  • 74'

    Jack Wilshere coming on now. And this could lift the side.

  • 73'

    Vela gives it away and there's no rhythm at all to the game now. Possession is being squandered far too easily.

  • 73'

    Milevskiy with a lovely touch to Ghioane and that was close too. Just offside, but the linesman looks to be giving the benefit of doubt to the home side.

  • 72'

    Bangoura is through, no offside. Boy that was close, Clichy was probably just playing him onside.

  • 70'

    Vela and Van Persie trying hard to break the deadlock, but Vela hacks down Diakhate as he tries to get the ball back.

  • 69'

    Aliev was guilty of some shocking behaviour. Writhing around on the floor, he looks up, sees Kiev have the ball and jumps to his feet.

  • 69'

    Bendtner has pink boots on. Words fail me.

  • 68'

    Vela is not enjoying being hustled and Ramsey is coming off now. Bendtner comes on.

  • 67'

    Ramsey holds the ball up and Van Persie slips as he looks to get on the end of it.

  • 66'

    Arsenal fans are getting frustrated now. The sight of Bendtner might not help that, but Wenger has a very young bench.

  • 65'

    Nicklas Bendtner is ready to come on. Vela hasn't had much of the game, but Bendtner has not been in good form recently.

  • 64'

    Betao has a, erm, shot. But it nearly ends up out of the stadium.

  • 63'

    Terrible control from Song, and now Kiev break. Milevskiy's dribble is stopped by Silvestre, but Song is back defending and heads it off Clichy.

  • 61'

    Ramsey cuts inside again, but there's no-one to pass to. Too many blue shirts in the way. Wonderful from Vela though, he's taken it down the left and smashed it into Diakhate.

  • 60'

    Song is having trouble finding his feet. He keeps giving the ball away and Arsenal still don't look like breaking Kiev down.

  • 59'

    The game has livened up a bit. Lots of chances at either end.

  • 58'

    Clichy does well when faced with four on three from Kiev. He tidies up and releases Ramsey. The ball is worked across to Van Persie who centres but no-one is there.

  • 57'

    Forward towards Vela and it might have crept in at the near post if Bogush hadn't got down well.

  • 56'

    Milevskiey nearly combines with the left-back, but the ball runs to Aliev who shoots and Almunia only just hangs on with Bangoura lurking.

  • 55'

    Kiev do need to score, or they're out.

  • 54'

    Now Kiev are on top. Bangoura has the ball after a good pass from Milevskiey. He hits his shot wide though.

  • 54'

    Ghioane goes on the run and cuts inside to get a shot away. It's always rising and continues to do so...

  • 53'

    Denilson down again. He is struggling to get past his man and just goes to ground every time he comes into contact.

  • 52'

    Hardly much to worry about though. Terrible from Aliev and Arsenal should break, they do, but Denilson is not fast enough to get near that ball.

  • 51'

    Wenger's men have yet to stamp their authority on the game. How they could do with a goal, but it is Kiev who have the free kick.

  • 50'

    Song goes in hard on Milevskiy and is lucky to get away without a card.

  • 48'

    Aliev gets a yellow, probably for dissent.

  • 47'

    And it's a goalmouth scramble. Van Persie hits it, off the keeper, back to Van Persie who hits it again and it hits William Gallas on the line. That might have been going in..

  • 47'

    Denilson gets another free kick. The lad doesn't have pace, but he is a battler. Fabregas with the free-kick...

  • 46'

    Well kept in by Silvestre there. And now the men in red looks to build. Denilson and Song combine well but the Cameroon midfielder tries to pass between six Kiev players.

  • 46'

    Poor control from Ramsey sees the ball slip out of play. A groan goes around the stadium.

  • 45'

    Here we go again. Arsenal won't be too worried, but it's been a long time since they haven't scored in 3 consecutive games.. so we'll see what happens.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    Gallas gets the ball in the net from the resulting corner, but he's a good few yards offside.

  • 44'

    Bogush is unconvincing from the corner, but gets a hand to it.

  • 42'

    Now Ramsey finds Van Persie who twists and turns and forces Asatiani to clear from the five yard box.

  • 42'

    Gunners again keeping possession, but finding it hard to break through.

  • 41'

    Fabregas at the heart of things again, but now he's caught offside. Arsenal could really do with a goal to settle things down.

  • 39'

    Van Persie gets the ball across and right in front of the keeper Silvestre deflects the ball over the bar.

  • 38'

    Up the other end Vela beats Asatiani with ease. The Kiev man is booked.

  • 37'

    Gallas is caught on the ball by Bangoura. The Kiev forward curls the ball past Almunia at the near post and hits it. So close. Gallas really does not need that kind of attention.

  • 36'

    The Gunners are on the up. Fabregas does well to keep the ball alive but his cross is really poor.

  • 35'

    Great cross from Clichy, hung the ball up in the air and Bogush gets it clear.

  • 34'

    Van Persie again is in the box and gets on the end of a cross, but his header is held easily by Bogush.

  • 33'

    Well weighted pass from Fabregas finds Vela who crosses from Ramsey. He jumps but can't there and Van Persie collects and fires his shot straight at the keeper.

  • 32'

    Van Persie was booked for that tackle. Arsenal really need him to start stringing some passes together.

  • 30'

    Vukojevic and Van Persie are down injured. Tough tackle goes against the Arsenal man.

  • 29'

    Aliev is looking dangerous for Kiev he's running at the defence and isn't quite on the same wavelength as his strike partner as his ball finds Almunia.

  • 28'

    Great ball from Vela now. Indecision in the Kiev area and three defenders hesitate. Ramsey comes onto it but hits his shot wide under pressure. There was no-one in the box for the Gunners there!

  • 27'

    Lots of space on the left side there, Arsenal need to be careful although at the other end it's Vela who nearly finds Van Persie in the box.

  • 26'

    Clichy loses the ball after a string of around 30 passes and now Kiev comes forward. Aliev and Milevskiy combine on the edge of the box and Aliev hits a deflected shot straight at Almunia.

  • 24'

    It's hard for Vela and Van Persie to make inroads in a solid Kiev defence. Diakhate is marshalling it well.

  • 23'

    Fabregas now does what he does best and passes it forward to Van Persie. Great flick and Vela is free on the left, he is held up though and the move loses it's pace.

  • 22'

    To their credit Kiev are holding firm and just getting bodies in the way.

  • 21'

    The problem at the moment is that there's no width for Arsenal. Denilson and Ramsey keep cutting inside and there's no outlet.

  • 20'

    Ramsey runs at the defence but there are too many Arsenal players occupying the same position. Van Persie and Fabregas get in each other's way.

  • 19'

    Arsenal win the ball back and get it wide to Clichy on the left hand side, he's got lots of time and puts the ball to the back post where Ramsey comes in and heads wide.

  • 18'

    Ramsey finds space on the right but cuts inside and is penalised for using his hand.

  • 17'

    Good save given that there were three Arsenal players trying to get on the end of it.

  • 16'

    Milevskiy is booked for grappling in the area before the free-kick. Then Van Persie swings it in with his left foot, and it's punched clear by Bogush.

  • 15'

    Aliev shaped to shoot but was robbed by Denilson. Arsenal break but the ball is played backwards by Van Persie. Eventually he's fouled on the right side, but they should have exploited the lack of numbers there.

  • 13'

    Silvestre shepherds the ball out, despite kicking the ball over the line himself. Arsenal get the goal kick and it really has been very forgettable so far.

  • 12'

    Lots of passing at the moment, but very little cutting edge. Arsenal are stroking the ball around without too much trouble and Kiev are just breaking them down when they get into the final third.

  • 11'

    Long ball up to Vela, not the way to go as the Mexican is only small.

  • 10'

    Fabregas miscontrols in the centre, but is fouled. Gallas is holding his side and the Gunners don't have many options on the bench if he's hurt.

  • 9'

    Patient build up from Arsenal again, but there's a sea of blue shirts crammed into the box. Now Gallas is down injured, it seems to have come from a clash with team-mate Vela. Looks a bit winded.

  • 8'

    It's been an assured start from Arsenal so far and their new captain looks like he's up for the game.

  • 7'

    Kiev lose the ball and Vela breaks. Great pass from Fabregas and the Mexican finds Ramsey inside and the Welshman is unlucky with his attempted flick over the keeper.

  • 6'

    Aliev has a go from the freekick which was miles out and ends up hitting Vela. Arsenal break and it's Denilson losing possession after getting into a good position.

  • 5'

    Clichy gets a deflected cross in and Vela was there ahead of the 'keeper, he was called offside though.

  • 4'

    Gallas has had a good reception from the Arsenal fans after all his talk last week. No boos yet.

  • 3'

    The Gunners are trying to control possession here, Kiev haven't really touched the ball other than that early shot by Bangoura.

  • 2'

    Denilson and Clichy link well down the left, but the Brazilian doesn't get the foul he wanted.

  • 2'

    Bangoura runs at the defence and fails to find space for a shot. He gets it off, but it goes well wide.

  • 1'

    Ramsey looks composed on the ball for one so young. The Gunners look pretty narrow with him and Denilson on the wings.

  • 1'

    Here we go. Arsenal take control of the ball and knock it around nicely.


    Team are out on the pitch and we're just about ready to get going. Fabregas wearing the captain's armband for the first time and there's a lot expected of the young Spaniard.


    Don't forget you can ask Shaka Hislop a question all through these games, head over to the Soccernet homepage and get yours in now.


    Dangermen for Kiev are Artem Milevskiy and Oleksandr Aliev and the Ukrainians will be looking to take advantage of the Gunners' crisis.


    Arsenal are missing nine first-team players through injury, but it's a chance for the youngsters to shine.


    As expected Gallas is back, but it is Fabregas who leads the side out.


    Team news just in. Carlos Vela starts and Bendtner is left out. Aaron Ramsey was also included following injuries to midfielders Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby.


    Join us at 1945 BST to see how William Gallas fares in his big Arsenal comeback against Dynamo at the Emirates. Will there be tears? Punch-ups? Or both?