Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Pat Rice leads Arsenal through a tough German test

A superb volleyed goal two minutes from time denied Arsenal all three points in their opening Group F game in Germany tonight.

Robin van Persie had given Arsenal the lead in the first half but the home team came on even stronger in the second half, taking a share of the points in the dying minutes.

It is fair to say the home team had the better chances of the opening 45 minutes but Wojeciech Szczesny in the Gunners goal was up to the shots sent his way.

Van Persie opened the scoring in the 42nd minute. He won the ball back on the half way line, played it into Theo Walcott who played the ball back to the Arsenal captain.

The Dutchman was clean through and had enough time to pick his spot and score right footed.

With plenty of chances to equalise, it was in the final two minutes the home team found the back of the net.

The ball falling for Perisic to swing a foot at the ball and into the top left hand corner of Szczesny's net.

I said I would have taken a point before the match and I'm disappointed we couldn't have taken all three tonight but a draw is probably a fair result.

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