Arsenal force five past Shakhtar + Match Stats
Arsenal fans celebrated all six goals at the Emirates as Eduardo scored a late consolation in a 5-1 thrashing for his Shakhtar Donetsk side.
Both sides had won their two games going into this crucial Group H clash, but only Arsenal looked like the real deal in a scintilating performance in north London.
Alex Song and Samir Nasri gave the Gunners a two-goal cushion at half-time and their Ukrainian opponents crumbled after Cesc Fabregas added a third from the spot on the hour mark.
Jack Wilshere scored a fine fourth in the 66th minute, Marouane Chamakh made it five three minutes later and not even a consolation from Shakhtar could dampen the home fans’ spirits.
In fact they were up as one to applaud – it had been scored by former striker Eduardo, sold in the summer after struggling to recapture the form he showed before a horrific injury two seasons ago.
Arsenal v Shakhtar
Stats (via @Orbinho)
On target 7-2
Duels Won 45% – 55%
Passing accuracy 89% – 84%
Possession 55% – 45%