Arsenal dropped to second in Group G after a poor display in Portugal. Bruno Alves headed the first in the 39th minute after Diaby had left the defender unmarked and powered past Almunia. The second effectively killed off the game as Lisandro Lopez (54) angled in shot into the top corner.
Arsenal had the majority of the possession early on and played some good football outside the area but didn’t have the dynamism or the cutting edge to break open the defence. Denilson, Ramsey and Vela looked the only real players that could threaten an opening but it never materialised. Giving the ball away soon became a common occurance and Arsenal never looked back soon after.
Porto then took the game up a gear and had a few good chances but Alves made sure of what was a deserved lead after rising clear unmarked to head home. The home side looked particularly threatening on the break attacking with speed on the break.
The second half started the way the first ended and Lisandro made sure of another devastating counter attack while Eboue played the striker onside and he lashed home emphatically. Song went back to his former ways by drifting out of position and ignoring his defensive duties and commitment to defence which exposed the defence on a number of times.
Arsene Wenger surprisingly took off Ramsey though Wilshere provided a few signs of his danger but ran into trouble. Gibbs and Randall came off the bench too and the former played the game at walking pace though he had pace to burn and stretch the game. Randall showed some nice touches but couldn’t force a goal while Bendtner was poor once again. A disappointing performance where the young ones must learn and improve quickly if they want to win the trophy this season.
Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Gallas, Silvestre, Djourou, Ramsey (Wilshere 59), Diaby (Gibbs 59), Song Billong (Randall 78), Denilson, Vela, Bendtner.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Hoyte, Merida, Simpson.
FC Porto: Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Pedro Emanuel, Lucho Gonzalez (Costa 77), Fernando, Raul Meireles, Lopez, Hulk (Guarin 88), Rodriguez (Mariano Gonzalez 78).
Subs Not Used: Nuno, Stepanov, Lino, Sektioui.
Booked: Lucho Gonzalez.
Goals: Bruno Alves 39, Lopez 54.
Ref: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
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