Arsenal 3 (Arteta 25 (pen), Sanchez 29, Chamberlain 58) – Anderlecht 3 (Vanden Borre 61, 73 (pen), Mitrovic 90)
Man of the Match – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Arsenal put on a shambolic defensive in the last half an hour to crumble from leading 3-0 to drawing 3-3 against Belgian champions Anderlecht. The Gunners, however have 7 points from 4 games, and are just 1 point away from securing qualification from the group stages. These include games against Dortmund at home and Galatasaray away. Hopes of finishing top of the group are meagre though, with Dortmund now sitting on 12 points, after 4 wins from 4 games.
Arsenal started on the right note, with in-form Alexis Sanchez being denied by the post, after which Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba fouling Welbeck in the box. Mikel Arteta converted the ensuing penalty to put the Gunners into the lead. 4 minutes later, and the Gunners were cruising at 2-0. Alexis Sanchez won a free kick, and stepped up to take it. It struck the wall, but no worries. His rebound effort was brilliant and sneaked past a stranded Proto.
Anderlecht offered some resistance, but it looked like the game was beyond them when Alexis won the ball and played in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose pace beat Anthony Vanden Borre completely. He opened up his body, and smashed one past the keeper. What followed was a shambolic patch of football from Arsenal. Vanden Borre pulled one back, though he was clearly offside. 3-1. Still safe you think.
Monreal’s clumsy foul on Mitrovic 12 minutes later allowed Anderlecht to make it 3-2, Vanden Borre the scorer again. Just when it seemed Arsenal would hold on for 3 points, a cross from Andy Najar was met by a diving Aleksandr Mitrovic, under close pressure from Per Mertesacker. The ball went sailing past Szczesny and Anderlecht had performed a fantastic comeback. Quite evidently, Arsene Wenger was furious with his team’s inability to hold on to a 3 goal advantage.
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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