FC Schalke 04 maintained their grip on the top of the point table in the Group B of the most prestigious European Leagues, the UEFA Champions League. Schalke came back from a deficit of two goals to draw with Arsenal.
The quality and the never giving up temperament of the Schalke players were not over looked by the Arsenal coach. After the match Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger said that “Schalke never gave up in the match even though trailing by 2-0 at one stage of the match and they are a quality side.”
Arsenal was playing into this match following a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Manchester United in the most highly contested European Leagues, the English Premier League.
So, talking about his defensive game plan after Schalke scored their first goal of the match Wenger said ,” Arsenal did not want to lose the match at any cost, after they lost on Saturday.”
Arsenal started off aggressively and showed lots of desperation to win the match from the first half it, in front of the home crowd. The win would have surely helped Arsenal move closer in the race for qualifying in the next round.
The England international proved his importance in side once again when he opened the account for the Gunners inside the first 20 minutes.
The goal was an example of English combination in the Gunners team. Oliver gets in one to one situation but a fantastic tackle forces the ball to dip to the unmarked Theo Walcott, and the winger under pressure made no mistake in tapping the ball into an open net
The goal heated up the atmosphere and in the 21st minute Arsenal’s, Santi Cazorla was shown the yellow card for a rash tackle. Soon, in the 25th minute Matip of Schalke, was booked with a yellow card and a free kick was awarded in favor of Arsenal.
In the 26th minute, it was the Frenchmen, Giroud who doubles for Arsenal. The assist was provided by Lukas Podoloski.
It was seconds before the whistle for half time would have blown, it was the inform Huntelaar, who drew the first blood for Schalke.
In search of a goal, Schalke made a change in the 66th minute and brought in K.Papadopoulos in place of Hoger.
The change seemed to have worked and Farfan scored for Schalke to bring the game on level terms.
The rest of the match witnessed lots of attack and counter attack from both the teams but no one could score. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
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