Report: Celtic 0-2 Arsenal

By Randy Osae

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Arsenal continued their traditional scrappy away victories in this particular stage of the Champions League by seeing out a 2-0 job in Glasgow.

Their fortunes this season also continued as a couple of decisive deflections netted both goals against Celtic.

Yet again, the Gunners have one foot in the group stages of the competition returning home to north London.

There had been doubts over Sagna, Fabregas and Denilson before kick-off but the trio managed to maintain their places in an unchanged side from the weekend.

The start of today’s affair did not vary from Saturday’s. On hostile away territory, Arsenal showed extra caution with every touch in the early stages but with Tony Mowbray’s approach to the game similar to Wenger’s, the Gunners handily dealt with a Celtic side more about carpet football than aerial passes.

Both teams were shy in front of goal but Arshavin did put the ball into the net at the expense of being ruled offside. Either side had now grown more audacious in the 18-yard-box and Brown forced a low save from Almunia after an awkward moment in Arsenal’s area.

Before that, Vermaelen had covered several yards back to deny the same Celtic man a goal-bound effort after a swift counter-attack from the Hoops. The Belgian and his defensive partner, Gallas, went up for the nod when Arsenal later earned a free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Van Persie laid the ball off to Fabregas who ferociously fired it only for Gallas’ back to meet it on its way and guide it past Celtic’s bemused goalkeeper.

A goal you would not associate with Arsenal, but Gallas knows all about vital touches on set-pieces and Wenger’s men went into half-time ahead by the skin of their teeth.

The home side initiated a comeback mission after the restart and really put Arsenal on the back foot. As always, the Gunners did have their moments at the other end as Denilson and Van Persie both saw low efforts fizzle just wide off Boruc’s left post.

Clichy was often caught stranded on the left and after Vermaelen rescued on several occasions, Gallas provided a heroic clearance by guiding a very tempting cross from Fortune wide off to safety with McDonald free and lurking to pounce home.

And if that was a bitter pill to swallow for Celtic who could have nearly leveled, then what would happen moments after proved tough luck was just devilish on the night.

From a similar fashion in which Gallas tidied a very dangerous cross, Celtic found themselves further behind. Arsenal surged forward with Arshavin’s replacement, Diaby, the catalyst. The lanky midfielder teed up Clichy on the left and his countryman whipped in a teasing low cross which a hesitant Gary Caldwell turned into his own net.

Job done it was for Arsenal on another first-leg trip in a vital Champions League qualifier.

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21 thoughts on “Report: Celtic 0-2 Arsenal

  1. anyone see how much Bendtner hustled in that opening half? Kid is a work horse and I’m glad that AW is playing him. I’ll take that hustle any day of the week over Ady’s poor attitude and piss poor off sides all the time.

    Verm is the real deal, him and Gallas look good.

    I would like to see Wegner rotate the squad some bit and keep the lads fresh. We have enough quality backups to do it and the addition of Cham or Van De would make this team complete.

    Save the money for the Jan window if the worst happens and we lose someone. Don’t hope he busy someone just to buy someone.

    Good two games so far from the boys on away pitches. Good start boys!

  2. Another good game by the arsenal 😀 we deserved the win no matter how was the goals !! Song is playing brilliant and even vermaelen and most of the team do !! First competitive match at home on staurday against portsmouth hope we win again 😉 UP THE GUNNERS !!

  3. Yes indeed have the gunners started their traditional away victories.No doubt they were splendid on the day.We all know what William Gallas can do with aerial balls.Clichy indeed needs to work harder.Of course Arshavin is the still the man to look for.Impressive performance of the gunners.Well,wishing them all the best in the champions league..

  4. Prince (above) is a die-hard Liverpool fan guys, so give him some thumbs up.

    Gunners keep looking perfect day by day into this season, but I fear good things don’t always last.

    I hope this isn’t another 2007/08 deceiving start, or shocking end.

    1. What! A die-hard fan shouldn’t have the phobia that good things don’t always last….lol.Of course i need some thumbs up as a liverpool fan.But when one does a good job,he needs to be appraised.

  5. if we pick up Van De and get all our players back healthy we will be the team to beat…mark my words. A healthy Arsenal team will be a winning Arsenal team.

    1. Oh, Verma is a hands-down beast.

      Sort of like Toure before the African Cup of Nations, but a lot better in the air.

    1. Yes Kidz, they all sensed something was wrong and probably searched my name on google and found out the change…haha :p

      But this is all looking good now.

      Anyway, I need to let you know that the site may not be updated for a week or so due to a personal obligation.

      So don’t worry where I’ve gone during that time, this has never happened before but I hope you all manage well without me on Saturday against Pompey. 🙂

  6. I need to let you all know that the site may not be updated for a week or so due to a personal obligation.

    So don’t worry where I’ve gone during that time, this has never happened before but I hope you all manage well without me on Saturday against Pompey. 🙂

  7. A win is a win good or ugly. We really put them under pressure which resulted in both goals. What I love most is the work ethic. Everybody kept hustling for 90 mins until the job was done

  8. Thanks Randy for telling us in advance. Whatever your obligation is, I wish you all the best and May God bless.

  9. The two goals were fortuituos,but deserved.We were due for our share of good luck anyway.Let’s hope it continues.

  10. Off topic, but my speculation is that after we quality (fingers crossed) for the CL, we’ll sell Senderos to the highest bidder in the region of 6M, then get a world class CB as replacement. Hagleand for 15M?

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