Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Arsenal (Match Report)
The trip to Kiev was always going to be a tough one, Arsenal have rarely travelled to the Russia or Ukraine and got a good result, today was to prove no different.
Wenger opted to play Song in midfield to strengthen this area and it proved to be a shrewd move in the frist half. Almunia had little to do whislt Arseanl had several opportunities to take the lead. The best chance was created by Adebayor who took the ball past three defenders, as he lined up to bury the ball, he los his composure and the shot went wide.
Arsenal’s other chance followed a typical Arsenal build up. Walcott crossed the ball, van Persie hit it cleanly but just wide.
The second half saw Arsenal start to dominate the game. There was plenty of possession but still no clear cut chances. Then disaster, a cross from the right , in the middle Sagna found himself the wrong side of the Ukrainian striker. In the ensuing tussle, both players fell, the referee blew for a Kiev penalty. Bangoura slotted the ball home.
Arsenal from a comfortable position were forced to through caution to the wind. Bendtner came on for Song and it was all-out attack. This left the defence exposed and Kiev wasted many opportunities to kill the game off. As the game went on, Wenger got more and more frustrated with Arsenal’s inability to create any chances, as as last gamble he sent on Vela.
The minutes were ticking by, when the ball came out to Walcott who had ran tirelessly at the Kiev defence all night, this time he whipped the ball accross the goal, at the far post was Gallas who poked the ball home for Arsenal’s equaliser, it was also his third goal of the Champions League campaign.
Arsenal got the point they wanted, but we will need both Nasri and Rosicky for future games to help create more chances, we cannot rely on Walcott and Fabregas all the time. At the back Arsenal were never troulbed until the penalty.