Eduardo earns Arsenal last gasp win over Standard Liege

Arsenal clawed their way back from 2-0 down to win their opening Champions League Group H clash against Standard Liege 3-2 at the Stade de Sclessin.

Missing first choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and his reserve Lukasz Fabianski, Arsene Wenger was forced to hand Vito Mannone his Gunners debut. The young Italian endured a horror start to his Arsenal career, picking the ball out of the net twice in the opening five minutes.

Standard Liege were ahead after three minutes when Eduardo cheaply gave the ball away on the edge of the box allowing Eliaquim Mangala to side foot the ball past Mannone. Things got even worse for the Gunners just two minutes later when Gallas needlessly fouled Milan Jovanovic in the box and the Serbian striker scored the resulting spot kick.

Nicklas Bendtner gave Arsenal a lifeline just before half time when he collected a through ball from Diaby before finishing with a low angled drive. The Premier League side looked disjointed and nervy throughout but got back on level terms a Thomas Vermaelen goal with 20 minutes to go.

Eduardo went from villain to hero in the space of 90 minutes when he scored a scrappy winner for the Gunners on 81 minutes. After a melee in the box the Croatian international appeared to knee the ball into the net, but they all count and his effort got Arsenal out of jail after a poor performance.

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