Strasbourg 1 Arsenal 2
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
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.