Arsenal started their Champions League campaign off in emphatic style with a classy 6-0 win over Braga in front of a crowd of 59,333.
Unlike Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger decided to field a strong team against a team also known as ‘The Arsenalists’. An indication on how seriously Wenger is going to take this competition and how desperate he is of finally winning a piece of silverware that has deserted him for five years.
The Gunners got off to a great start after Cesc Fabregas scored from the spot after Braga keeper, Felipe, fouled Marouane Chamakh inside the penalty area. Arsenal were always a constant threat and deservedly got their second goal of the night when Andrei Arshavin slammed home after a an absolute sublime pass from skipper, Cesc Fabregas who was magnificent all evening.
Arsenal wrapped the game up four minutes later after a great move was ended with Marouane Chamakh getting his first Champions League goal for Arsenal, after a great piece of skill from Arsenal and England prodigy, Jack Wilshere.
Things didn’t improve for Braga as Arsenal soon got their fourth as Cesc Fabregas was unmarked and headed in for his second goal after a chipped cross from Andrei Arshavin. I think at that point, Braga had just given up on the game as they were really looking in disarray. Arsenal then got their 5th when Carlos Vela dinked in after a nice pass from Andrei Arshavin. Vela, like Fabregas, got his second of the game after Fabregas squared it to Vela who stroked home and made it an emphatic victory.
Arsenal’s next Champions League game is against Shakhtar Donetsk who should put up more of a fight against the Gunners but you never know. This could also be the game where former Gunner, Eduardo Da Silva, could make his return to the Emirates. This isn’t the biggest Champions League win as Arsenal beat Slavia Prague 7-1 in 2007.