Partizan Belgrade 1 v Arsenal 3

Arsenal continued their excellent start in the Champions League with a well earned 3-1 win at Partizan. The Gunners took the lead through Andrey Arshavin, but the home side levelled from the penalty spot through Cleo after Denislon handled. Maraoune Chamakh made it 2-1 to the Gunners late in the second half,with Sebastien Squillaci heading in from Samir Nasri’s corner eight minutes before time.


In a week when so much has been written about the Arsenal goalkeeping problems, it was refreshing to see Lukasz Fabianksi save a second penalty from Cleo, but by that time, Arsenal too had seen a penalty chance go begging when Andrey Arshavin had his penalty saved by Stojkovic’s legs.

Amazing Wilshere

The Gunners started positively and were well into their stride. Jack Wilshere has been at the heart of everything good about Arsenal’s midfield, and it was all the more amazing to see him left on the bench for Saturday’s shock loss to West Bromwich.As Arhavin raced forward, Wilshere did well to not only collect the ball, but to put his Russian team-mate through to slot home past Vladimir Stojkovic. And that saw the Gunners enjoy a passage of play that should have resulted in more goals with further chances to Arshavin and Tomas Rosciky go begging.


The Gunners were made to pay for their wastefulness just past the half hour mark, when the ball struck Denislon’s arm for a penalty that Cleo stroked home.That strike sent the Gunners mood below par, as they failed to take control. But when Chamakh was felled by Jovanovic, a red card was produced, but the resultant penalty was saved by the keeper’s legs. Still the nerves prevailed, but Chamakh was on hand to restore the Arsenal lead at the second time of asking to head in from Rosicky’s cross.


Squillaci’s goal was a further to the overall control that Arsenal had over this fixture, and even with Kieran Gibbs felling Ivan Stevanovic for the third penalty of the game was not to deny Arsenal a deserved 3-1 win, and for once we will be talking of Fabianski in a positive sense, as he palmed away Cleo’s effort from 12 yards.