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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

Comments

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what an incredible goal, gets better every time i watch it, more of the same on sunday please
Billy Chrome
14/09/2006 05:32:00
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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
14/09/2006 08:11:00
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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
14/09/2006 08:19:00
0
That was a great goal!!!
Mikeyblue
14/09/2006 09:22:00
0
Shamer about the penalty!
Mikeyblue
14/09/2006 09:22:00
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Does anyone have a link to that goal online? Need to show a few yido's what they're missing out on!!!
codchops
14/09/2006 09:47:00
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IS Toure gonna play against the mancs???
Mikeyblue
14/09/2006 11:18:00
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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
14/09/2006 11:58:00
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spectacular strike by rosicky. good game overall - we had our moments.
prits
14/09/2006 12:02:00
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what will be the next country on the yellow shirts iraq!!!!!!
sffsd
14/09/2006 12:13:00
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