A late goal from William Gallas saved Arsenal’s blushes as they came back from a goal down to record a 1-1 draw against Dynamo Kiev at the Valeri Lobanovski Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Gunners took just two minutes to create their first real chance of the match as Emmanuel Adebayor threaded through Robin van Persie, but after beating the off-side trap the Dutch international could only smash his effort straight at goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovsky who parried the ball out for a corner.
Arsene Wenger’s men looked increasingly threatening coming forward and really should have taken an 18th-minute lead as Adebayor was gifted possession 20 yards out from goals, but after breaking through the defense the Togo international sent his curling effort just wide of the up-right.
The hosts looked livelier in the opening exchanges of the second-half and almost snuck into the lead as Manuel Almunia fumbled Eremenko’s stinging effort, but the Spaniard managed to smother the ball at the second attempt as it rolled tantalizingly close to the goal-line.
But just a few minutes later and Kiev did manage to take the lead as Bacary Sagna was adjudged to have brought down Vukojevic inside the area, and Bangoura calmly slotted home the resulting penalty.
The Londoners began to completely dominate possession in the closing stages of the match and were rewarded with just two minutes remaining as captain Gallas managed to bundle his effort over the line following a scramble in the Dynamo area.