Arsenal won 2-0 at Sparta Prague in the first-leg of their Champions League qualifier.

On the ground where former captain Thierry Henry had become the club's all-time record goalscorer two season ago, the next generation of young Gunners looked to begin writing a new chapter.

And it was a hard-fought victory - courtesy of goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alexander Hleb, in stoppage time - on a humid night, overcoming tough opponents and a partisan crown at the AXA Stadium.

For long spells, Arsenal were on the back foot, and had goalkeeper Jens Lehmann - guilty of a terrible blunder against Fulham on Sunday - to thank when he deflected Jan Rezek's early effort onto the post and then denied Libor Dosek late on.

Following Hleb's timely second goal in the final moments of stoppage-time, Arsene Wenger will now be confident his side can finish the job at Emirates Stadium in a fortnight's time to once again join Manchester United and Chelsea in Europe's elite club competition.