Posted on September 30, 2008
Arsenal showed they could be serious Champions League contenders this season when they crushed FC Porto 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Despite recording the big win, the Gunners were close to conceding the opener in the 13th minute when Porto launched a counter attack resulting in a driving header from Rodriguez which just skimmed the top of the bar to let the home side off.
On the half hour however it was the Gunners who picked up the first goal of the evening when Emmanuel Adebayor went charging down the right. The Togo international managed to cut the ball back to Robin van Persie who beat his marker to drive it in from close range.
The pair then combined again as Adebayor produced the second just five minutes from the break when he rose above the Porto defence to header van Persie’s corner into the back of the net.
It took just three minutes in the second period for van Persie to score his second as he showed blistering pace to round the defender and tap in from six yards. Theo Walcott should have made it 4-0 just minutes later as Kolo Toure made a run up the left and crossed to the England international who only needed to tap it in from five yards. However, the teenager only succeeded in mistiming his shot wide.
The fourth did eventually come with 19 minutes remaining when substitute Nicklas Bendtner was brought down in the area. The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty which Adebayor coolly converted.
The win completed a great comeback for the Gunners who lost to Hull City at the weekend.