Nicklas Bendtner ensured Arsenal booked their in the next phase after overcoming a determined Dynamo Kyiv side who at the end had Aliev sent off for trying to move the referee out of the way to take a free kick quickly.
Cesc Fabregas took the captaincy for the first time for Arsenal who started with two predominantly central midfielders on the wings while Vela got the nod ahead of Bendtner. The first half produced little in the way of clear cut chances, Gallas having a goal chalked off for offside at the end of the half.
Ramsey and Denilson showed that they weren’t wingers but put in a decent shift but their inability to be able to take on their man made the game more narrow and lacking in much variety. They should some good touches however, Ramsey lively during the first periods. Vela played on the last defender while Van Persie dropped deeper, sometimes acting as the fifth midfielder when the Gunners had to defend. The Dutchman seemed to lessen the influence of Cesc Fabregas in doing so in the second half especially.
The second half didn’t produce many chances apart from the goal as the game opened up Arsenal were open on the counter attack. On a couple occasions the linesman getting the decision wrong to award a free kick for offside when Clichy played the last man on. Dynamo had a couple of chances, the best for Milevsky shooting straight at Almunia as the Arsenal defence ball watched while Bangoura hit the post from a slip from Gallas.
Cesc Fabregas had a decent game as captain, his enthusiasm early on as captain seem to wear off as fatigue took his toll. He looked to give advice and communicate to players however overall there was a lack of this among the team. Instead he tried to set an example with his football and played some great balls, especially for Bendtner’s goal. The free kick was taken quickly and from near his own box found the Dane on the other side who expertly controlled with his chest and lashed home. Defensively sometimes the Spaniard exposed Song as he looked to make things happen in attack but withdrew a bit and made some good tackles.
Song on the other hand was at times overwhelmed by the numbers on the counter, whether to hold his position or not. The early period in the second half was an especially testing period however got through it without really gifting away any chances. His distribution could have been better and with the lack of options to pass to, gave the ball away. Overall a decent performance and Arsenal go through.
Arsenal (4-4-2): Almunia (6), Djourou (6), Gallas (6), Silvestre (6), Clichy (6), Denilson (6), Fabregas(7)*, Song (6), Ramsey (6) (68 Bendtner (7)), Vela (6) (77 Wilshere (6)), Van Persie (6)
Subs not used: Fabianski, Gibbs, Hoyte, Merida, Simpson
Dynamo Kiev: Bogush (6), Betao (6), Diakhate (6), Asatiani (6), El Kaddouri (7), Eremenko (6), Vukojevic (6), Ghioane (6), Aliev (5) , Milevskiy (5), Bangoura (6)
Subs not used: Shovkovskiy, Dopilka, Sablic, Correa, Shatskikh, Cernat, Yarmolenko.
Ref: Alain Hamer (6)
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