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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal – REPORT

Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Dinamo Zagreb in their first match of their Champions League campaign.

Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal - REPORT

A much-changed Gunners started brightly, but they were susceptible on the counter attack, with the pacey hosts causing plenty of problems, and the pressure told after 24 minutes.

Mathieu Debuchy was given a torrid time by Josip Pivaric, and the full-back got in behind to fire the hosts into the lead, via a deflection off Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain.

Things went from bad to worse just before the break, as Olivier Giroud earned himself a second yellow card and was given his marching orders, much to Arsene Wenger’s dismay on the touchline.

Arsenal again started the half brightly, but Junior Fernandes, a childhood friend of Alexis Sanchez, headed in from a corner to capitalise on some slack marking to put Dinamo within touching distance of a famous win.

On the ground he scored a hat-trick for England in 2008, Theo Walcott then gave the Gunners hope after latching onto a perfect pass from Sanchez.

However, despite plenty of late pressure, Dinamo held on, and the Premier League’s pride in Europe took yet another hit, and left Arsenal with it all to do to continue their fine Champions League group stage progression record.

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