Arsenal 2 - 0 Napoli

Match info: Champions League - Group F at Emirates Stadium

Date: 01/10/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: M Mazic Att: 50,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Mesut Ozil 8
Olivier Giroud 15



FT (ht: 2-0)

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  • Arsenal 2 Napoli 0. All over and the Gunners collect another three points from another impressive win. The momentum is maintained by Wenger's men.

  • Zapata a willing runner up top for Napoli, but he isn't getting any service. Arsenal win a free-kick as Giroud is barged into. Seconds tick away.

  • Wilshere combines with Wilshere, who fires the ball across the face of goal. Giroud busting a gut to try and get something on the delivery, but is just about edged out.

  • Zuniga down the left, but he can't get any height on his cross and it is easily cut out. Arsenal can break through Gibbs. He finds Monreal, who opts against crossing.

  • Three minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Ozil operating from the right and helps to find Wilshere. He is all alone as he enters the box and soon becomes crowded out by three defenders. Solid defending again at the other end as Koscielny calmly plays his way out of a tight hole.

  • Zapata turns the ball off his chest and into the path of Mesto. Arsenal see out the danger. Arteta then felled by Behrami and the two become involved in a heated exchange. Behrami appeared to wave a boot at the Spaniard after the ball had gone.

  • Giroud too eager to slide a pass forward for Wilshere to chase. He had space to move into and didn't have to go so soon. Arsenal then make their second change, with Ramsey handed a well-earned break. Monreal sent on in his place.

  • Gibbs with another burst forward. He looks to slide in Wilshere after reaching the edge of the box, but the Arsenal midfielder had already stopped his run and Reina can gather up the loose ball.

  • Arsenal able to amble forward, before turning and retreating. Napoli not offering enough to trouble them. Time running out and Arsenal on the brink of an impressive win.

  • Giroud concedes another free-kick. Play being broken up more frequently now. Napoli are able to get Mertens down the left, but a floated cross is easily claimed by Szczesny.

  • Ozil concedes a free-kick. He helps to prevent Zuniga from taking it quickly. Napoli forced to go long. Good work by Koscielny as he gets his body in front of Zapata and is bundled over. Clever defending.

  • Final change for Napoli, and it's a defensive one. Albiol is replaced by Fernandez. Like-for-like swap at the heart of the back four. With play back under way, Inler swings a cross in front of Zapata and behind.

  • Arsenal still able to play their way forward. Gibbs has acres of space on the left. He lets Wilshere take over. He looks to bend a cross into Giroud, but gets too much on the delivery and sees it sail behind.

  • Napoli's turn to win a couple of quick throws. They can't find Zapata down the middle. Giroud then flicks towards Ozil, but he is beaten to the ball by Albiol. Two former Real Madrid team-mates.

  • Arsenal looking very comfortable still. They win a throw on their right and take an age taking it. Napoli not happy, but they haven't offered enough to suggest they can get back into this.

  • Giroud wins a free-kick off Britos this time, with the Napoli defender nudging him in the back. Another free-kick for Ozil. He clips the ball into the box, but only onto the head of Zuniga.

  • Ozil's delivery looks for Giroud, but he is pulled up for a push on Britos. Great work by Ramsey as he tracks back with Zuniga and helps to win Arsenal a free-kick. More time taken off the clock.

  • Another change for Napoli before another Arsenal corner. Zapata replaces Callejon. Pushing and shoving again inside the box delays the taking of the set-piece. Arteta and Mesto get a talking to.

  • Ozil in no rush to take the set-piece. He laps up the applause before taking. He looks for Mertesacker, but the ball is sent back his way. A second delivery breaks for Koscielny who sees an effort from close range blocked by Reina. Great reactions.


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