Arsenal struggle to overcome ten-man Partizan Belgrade

An astonishing game of three penalties, of which only one was converted, finally ended 3-1 to Arsenal away to Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League.

Arsenal started the game poorly and took the lead against the run of play through Andrey Arshavin.

But Cleo deservedly levelled for the home side before the break from the penalty spot after Denilson needlessly handled.

Just before the hour mark Marko Jovanovic was sent off for a foul on Marouane Chamakh but Arshavin failed with the resulting spot kick.

The Gunners now dominated and finally made their one man advantage count in the 71st minute through Chamakh.

Late on Sebastien Squillaci sealed the win with a header but there was still time for Partizan to be awarded a penalty which Lukasz Fabianski then saved from Cleo.

In fact Fabianski went some way to restoring confidence in the keeper’s position at Arsenal with a series of fine saves from a lively Partizan outfit who always looked threatening even when a man down.

Arsenal scorers: Arshavin 15, Chamakh 71, Squillaci 82
Partizan scorers: Cleo (pen) 33

Referee: W Stark (Germany)

Venue: Stadion FK Partizan
Attendance: 25,000

PARTIZAN BELGRADE
88 Stojkovic
03 Stevanovic
13 Jovanovic (red card)
18 Lazevski
20 Krstajic
04 Medo
07 Tomic
08 Petrovic (Smiljanic 69)
22 Ilic (yellow card)
09 Cleo
11 Boya (Iliev 83)

Substitutes
12 Zivkovic,
06 Stankovic,
15 Stefan Savic,
27 Kizito,
99 Smiljanic,
19 Bogunovic,
77 Iliev

ARSENAL
21 Fabianski
03 Sagna
18 Squillaci
20 Djourou
28 Gibbs
07 Rosicky
15 Denilson
17 A Song
19 Wilshere (Nasri 74)
23 Arshavin (Clichy 84)
29 Chamakh (Vela 74)

Substitutes
53 Szczesny,
06 Koscielny,
22 Clichy,
27 Eboue,
08 Nasri,
46 Lansbury,
11 Vela

 
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