Arsenal 4 AZ Alkmaar 1

After a convincing 4-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar the Gunners need just a single point from their two remaining fixtures to qualify from Group H. Arsenal ran out 4-1 winners over reigning Dutch champions AZ in a vintage display of fluid passing and ruthless finishing. Captain Cesc Fabregas helped himself to two goals but, despite being pleased with his team’s performance, was quick to point out that they are still yet to qualify.

Samir Nasri, making his first Champions League appearance of the season, doubled Arsenal’s advantage on the stroke of half time. Abou Diaby capped an all-action individual performance by putting the finishing touch on a vintage Arsenal move to make it 4-0 on 72 minutes. There was still time for AZ to grab a controversial consolation ten minutes later, with Jeremain Lens breaking free of the Arsenal defence and beating Manuel Almunia when it looked like the recently re-instated goalkeeper could have done better. The result leaves Arsenal in a commanding position in Group E, needing just a point from their remaining two fixtures to secure passage to the knock-out stages.

One thought on “Arsenal 4 AZ Alkmaar 1

  1. I’m surprised that you didn’t mention Arshavin – he set up the last 3 goals!
    With all due respect to Lens, I don’t think that Almunia tried too hard – it must have taken him by surprise when he took his shot early.

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