Arsenal 6 Sporting Braga 0

What a start to the new Champions League season! Arsenal bang in 6 goals past a hapless Braga side at the Emirates stadium.

The Gunners took seven minutes to go ahead, Cesc Fabregas scoring from the spot after a foul on Marouane Chamakh. Andrey Arshavin slammed in Fabregas’s sublime pass, before Jack Wilshere superbly set up Chamakh to drill home. Fabregas headed in to make it 4-0 and Carlos Vela dinked in a fifth before he stroked home another to wrap things up.

It was everything that Arsene Wenger holds dear about his side’s attacking style of play and he must have been delighted at the showing. Arsenal brought their usual magnetic passing game to the European curtain-raiser, but they seemed to raise their level a notch above the norm with some fabulous interchanges that saw Braga spend most of the evening chasing shadows. Wenger’s side are chasing an 11th successive place in the last 16 of the competition and in a group also containing Shakhtar Donetsk and Partizan Belgrade there is little to suggest they will fail to make it beyond the group stage.

The visitors found themselves trying to repel wave after wave of Arsenal attack and while Braga occasionally looked threatening on the break, both new defenders Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci dealt comfortably with whatever was thrown at them.

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