In the first leg of the Champions League playoff series against Celtic, a pair of ‘lucky’ goals were more than enough to grant Arsenal a victory.
A Cesc Fabregas free-kick on the stroke of half-time flew into the net off the back of William Gallas as the defender crouched to avoid the ball. And midway through the second half Celtic skipper Gary Caldwell diverted a Gael Clichy cross into his own net. It might have been a little harsh for the hosts but they faded after a spirited first half.
Celtic worked hard to contain Arsene Wenger’s side but it was a largely comfortable evening for the Gunners back four. And the win ensures they become the first English side in nearly 26 years to beat Celtic on their own ground. The last team to do so was Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.