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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. 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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