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ARSENAL took advantage of an early red card for Hamburg goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein, and the penalty that went with it, to clinch victory in the impressive AOL Arena, although Tomas Rosicky's first goal since arriving at Highbury in the summer proved to be the winner.

Despite missing injured captain Thierry Henry, the Gunners produced a controlled display.

Having lost last season's Champions League final to Barcelona following the early dismissal of Jens Lehmann, there may have been an element of justice to Arsenal profiting in such a way, although their appeared little contact from Kirschstein on Robin van Persie when the Dutchman skipped past him in the area after only ten minutes.

Gilberto put Arsenal ahead with the resultant spot kick, beating substitute goalkeeper Stefan Wachter,

The Hamburg faithful were incensed, and a deafening whistle rang around the stadium every time the Gunners were in possession.

Rosicky made progress down the left, and cut the ball back to Van Persie, whose near-post flick was well kept out by Wachter. The Germans, like Arsenal, are without a win in their domestic league so far this season, but Vincent Kompany came closest to levelling things with a backward header from a corner that flashed across Lehmann's goal.

Arsenal centre back Kolo Toure had picked up a knock to his thigh, and was replaced on 27 minutes by Justin Hoyte, with recent arrival William Gallas getting the chance to move to his preferred role at centre-back.

Arsenal began the second half brightly, midfielder Cesc Fabregas almost jinking his way through the Hamburg defence, but their appeared little threat to the scoreline prior to the 53rd minute, when Rosicky produced a goal out of nothing.

Van Persie fed Rosicky, some 25 yards out on the left. The Czech midfielder took a touch to set himself before unleashing a rasping strike into the top corner.

It was a fine strike indeed, reminiscent of those he netted for the Czech Republic in the World Cup this summer.

There was a scare at the end, however, when Hamburg's Boubacar Sanogo pulled one back in stoppage time and the German side even threatened to snatch an unlikely draw.




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Date:Thursday September 14 2006

Time: 5:27AM

Your Comments

what an incredible goal, gets better every time i watch it, more of the same on sunday please
Billy Chrome
Europe here you come. As for the Prem when are you going to kick start the bike, not at Old Trafford by the looks of it. But I wish you well - an upset there and Pompey just could top the league. Go the gunners load up your cannons and FIRE.
pompeygray
thanks pompeygray :) well what a goal, he did the same for his country during world cup, obviously likes that spot ;) and lets hope its starts a fire for sunday, big weekend of fixtures !
PUREGOLD
That was a great goal!!!
Mikeyblue
Shamer about the penalty!
Mikeyblue
Does anyone have a link to that goal online? Need to show a few yido's what they're missing out on!!!
codchops
IS Toure gonna play against the mancs???
Mikeyblue
Top result Gooners but answer me this: does Wenger's insistance that your club will always 'play the right way' include the disgusting cheating by Van Persie last night? And will he rightly be castigated to teh same level that the likes of Drogba and Ronaldo were last season? He should be. He's a cheat. Pure and simple. You should be better than that and make sure Van Persie knows diving is as unacceptable to his fans as anyone else.
Ohballacks
spectacular strike by rosicky. good game overall - we had our moments.
prits
what will be the next country on the yellow shirts iraq!!!!!!
sffsd
Ohballacks - of course they wont he didn't cheat standing on his hand is definate grounds to fold liek a cheap suit!
Mikeyblue
I thought when you bought him that Rosicky was a gem...and that goal certainly proved it! Absolutely magnificent!
sandgroanun
The same as last season, can't manage a win without cheating. Good work Robin van Pires.
Onnors
diving****s you probally wouldnt of won if the keeper didnt get sent of and watch out for a lesson on sunday
carrickisours
excuse me carrickisours, if that contact on Giggs for your first goal was worthy of a penalty then I'll eat my hat. I wish RvP had kept his feet and had a shot, but your mob are no better. This culture of diving is ugly and can only be stopped by yellow cards. Pity the world cup set such a poor refereeing example.
JakeB
I wouldn't say RVP dived, but then again I wouldn't argue back if you said he did.
Like Wenger said about it last season, it's a problem with all teams, and if your team doesn't have a bonafide diver in it's ranks, lemme see your hand up. Chelsea? Man U?
The best way to deal with this is with post game punishment, and then people will think twice before they do these things. But we all know the powers that be are not gonna do this. Maybe we will have to hope that managers and non-diving players will be able to deal with the divers in their teams.
Gaga
A good result spoiled by a cheap sending off, a dive, and conceding a late goal that made me feel like we'd lost!! What RvP did is indefendable. There was contact, but I'm of the school of that if it doesn't take you down you should stay on your feet, and lets face it, that amount of contact wouldn't have taken a 12 year old girl down! Cut it out please Robin.
Rocky7
good result, everyone knocks adebayor,but im starting to see that the article about him being a unjust scapegoat a few weeks ago on here was right, another tireless performance, eboue needs to work on the end product if hees gonna keep lauren out the team, dus nebodyknow why we had DUBAI stuck on the strip?
sammylash
Sammy - Adebayor will never be a great great golascorer, but his link play is good (although his first touch can be a bit dodgy) but as an Arsenal fan I'm greatful to see a player give 110%, and thats what Adebayor gives every game. I'm certain he will come good in the end!!
Rocky7
JakeB, very well said you are the only Arsenal fan that has actually admitted that you are unhappy he dived! Bravo!!!
Mikeyblue
Sorry just saw your post as well Rocky!! Well said!
Mikeyblue
Have you not read the article on the subject MB? There are a few gooners less than happy at RVP's actions!!
Rocky7
what a goal by rosicky my reaction was astonishing it hit me hard because arsenal are not used to scoring goals like that. i like rosicky and i hope he carries on.
abdleb
 

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