managed a point in their Champions League trip to Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar but drew the match in rueful fashion.

Wenger’s men conceded a 93rd minute strike at the hands of David Mendes da Silva to settle for a mere result after seemingly doing enough to earn a fine victory.

Three changes in today’s line-up saw Gibbs replaced by a fit-again Clichy while Walcott and Rosicky’s absences were compensated with Eboue and Arshavin.

Having won their opening two games of the group, Arsene Wenger’s side looked on course to make it three successes in as many games against a side that had only ever lost one European match at home.

Arsenal were well in charge for the majority of the encounter and what could have been the decisive goal came on 36 minutes.

A mixture Alkmaar’s defensive flaws and the Gunners’ fluid movement saw Arshavin combine with Robin van Persie who squared the ball for Fabregas to finish off and hand Arsenal a lead which would last for nearly the entire rest of the game.

However, as the Gunners largely coasted for the remainder of the fixture, AZ rallied and deep into stoppage time, a long free-kick into the area was worked and then smashed home by Mendes da Silva to share the points.

Arsenal had been on a seven-game winning streak prior to this encounter and hopefully Tuesday night’s defeat-like draw makes no difference in their still blistering form.

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