Arsenal established a comfortable lead in their Champions League play-off with Celtic with a 2-0 victory over the SPL side in Glasgow.
There was fortune in both the Gunners’ goals as William Gallas got in the way of Cesc Fabregas’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time to unwittingly give the Premier League outfit the lead, after the home side had matched their in-form opponents for much of the first 45 minutes.
However, a more dominant second-half showing from Arsene Wenger’s team told as an unfortunate Gary Caldwell then scored an own goal 19 minutes from time to make it 2-0, as Gael Clichy’s cross proved too fast for him to handle.
Not willing to change an emphatically winning side, Wenger was almost forced to do so in the wake of his team’s demolition of Everton at the weekend. Fabregas, Denilson and Bacary Sagna all faced late fitness tests before kick-off at Celtic Park, and thankfully for the Frenchman they were given the all-clear.