Strasbourg 1 Arsenal 2

  • By: David Anderson, PA Sport
  • Last Updated: May 22 2012, 10:01 BST

Ian Wright displayed the killer touch yet again as Arsene Wenger and Remi

Garde made a winning return to Strasbourg.

Wright's 53rd-minute goal - after a fine through-ball by Frenchman Emmanuel

Petit - completed the Gunners' fightback and handed them victory over Wenger's

home-town club.

Garde had earlier capped a fine personal performance when he ran onto Wright's

pass and fired past Strasbourg goalkeeper Alexander Vencel on the stroke of


Vencel kept the home side in the game and denied Wright, Patrick Vieira and

new signing Marc Overmars with super stops.

Wright and Bergkamp, who combined well, also had efforts which went just wide

as Arsenal tried to press home their clear advantage.

And Frenchman Nicolas Anelka almost put the seal on the Gunners' performance

late on when he went on a solo run but his effort beat both Vencel and the right


David Zitelli, who was easily Strasbourg's most dangerous player, had earlier

given the home side an undeserved lead when he fired past John Lukic to put the

Frenchmen one-up after 37 minutes.

But Arsenal were the better side throughout and but for Vencel the scoreline

would have been embarrassing for the home side, such was the Gunners'


Strasbourg rarely threatened to grab an equaliser and Arsenal eased to victory

in what became a scrappy and at times bad-tempered second-half.

Wenger - who was part of Strasbourg's 1979 title-winning side - will have been

particularly pleased with the contribution of Ray Parlour, who was a constant

menace down the right, while Overmars and Wright both looked sharp.