Arsenal ease through Champions League opener

A brace from Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela helped Arsenal to a 6-0 win over Braga at the Emirates Stadium.
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A brace from Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela helped Arsenal to a 6-0 win over Braga at the Emirates Stadium.

There will be stiffer challenges ahead but Arsenal made the most of their superiority over a poor Portuguese side by scoring three goals in each half.

The rout began after seven minutes with Fabregas scoring from the penalty spot after a foul on Marouane Chamakh.

Fabregas then set up Andrey Arshavin to double the scoreline and a third duly arrived courtesy of Marouane Chamakh.

The dismantling continued after the break.

Fabregas headed in to make it 4-0 and substitute Carlos Vela scored twice to wrap things up.

Wenger's side are chasing an 11th successive place in the last 16 of the competition and on this evidence there is little to suggest they will fail to make it beyond the group stage.

Arsenal scorers: Fabregas (pen) 9, Arshavin 30, Chamakh 34, Fabregas 53, Vela 69, Vela 84

Braga scorers:

Referee: Alain Hamer (LUX)
Assistant referees: François Mangen (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)
Fourth official: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Venue: Emirates, Arsenal
Attendance: 59,333

ARSENAL
01 Almunia
03 Sagna (yellow card)
06 Koscielny
18 Squillaci
22 Clichy
04 Fabregas
08 Nasri
17 A Song (Denilson 63)
19 Wilshere
23 Arshavin (Eboue 69)
29 Chamakh (Vela 63)

Substitutes
21 Fabianski,
20 Djourou,
27 Eboue,
28 Gibbs,
07 Rosicky,
15 Denilson,
11 Vela

BRAGA
84 Felipe (yellow card)
02 Alberto Rodriguez (yellow card)
05 Moises
15 Miguel Garcia
28 Silvio
22 Aguiar
45 Hugo Viana (Mossoro 54)
88 Vandinho
09 Paulo Cesar (Helder Barbosa 69)
30 Alan
99 Matheus (Lima 59)

Substitutes
01 Artur,
03 Paulao,
08 Mossoro,
23 Madrid,
10 Helder Barbosa,
18 Lima,
85 Elton

 
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