Arsenal were lucky to come away with a point tonight after a 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev in front of 20 000 in the Ukraine. Dynamo went ahead after a penalty was harshly awarded against Bacary Sagna, and they defended hard afterwards.
Arsenal left it late to equalise, with a low Walcott cross bouncing its way to Gallas at the far post who bundled it home.
Click on the links below to watch the goals.
Dynamo Kiev 1 – Bangoura 64′ (pen)
Arsenal 1 – Gallas 88′
We looked good early on, and there were great chances for Adebayor and Fabregas. But after half time Dynamo seemed to improve. They piled on the pressure, and eventually the penalty was conceded.
Walcott impressed yet again tonight, his confidence seems sky high at the moment, and he is fulfilling his potential right now.
Interestingly Sagna came off for Eboue in the second half, suggesting he may have picked up a slight knock.
I think we were lucky to salvage the point, but I’ll take it.
The stats tell the tale – a game where Dynamo defended and tackled well, although Arsenal had the most attacking pressure, and eventually managed to break down the Ukrainians.
|Dinamo Kiev||Team Statistics||Arsenal|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|2||Shots on Target||5|
|8||Shots off Target||4|
Dynamo Kiev: Bogush, Betao, Diakhate, Mykhalyk, Nesmachniy, Vukojevic, Yussuf (Asatiani 90), Yeremenko, Aliev, Ninkovic, Bangoura (Kravets 90).
Subs Not Used: Shovkovskiy, Ghioane, Morozyuk, Shatskikh, Olexander Romanchuk.
Booked: Nesmachniy, Bangoura, Vukojevic, Diakhate.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna (Eboue 78), Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Song Billong (Bendtner 70), Denilson, Van Persie (Vela 83), Adebayor.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Ramsey, Wilshere, Djourou.
Ref: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain).