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Arsenal Qualify for Champions League In Entertaining Game Against Udinese

champions league logo Arsenal Qualify for Champions League In Entertaining Game Against Udinese

What an enjoyable experience it was watching Udinese against Arsenal in the Champions League Qualification match Wednesday night. If only most Champions League group round matches could be as open and attacking as that one.

I was particularly impressed by Arsenal’s display both home and against Udinese. On the Champions League Qualification stage, they look like a completely different team. It’s almost as if playing in the Premier League puts them at a slight psychological disadvantage — at least that’s the impression I get when I see them play in the Premiership.

But Wednesday night we saw a fabulous team performance from Arsenal with several individual players standing out. Most notably, Wojciech Szczesny made a brilliant penalty save. I was also impressed by Tomas Rosicky, who was a ball of energy and creativity in midfield for Arsenal. Theo Walcott had another good game against Udinese as he did in the first leg. And last, but not least, Gervinho was my man of the match. He’s playing without fear and seems to enjoy taking players on during one-on-one situations which is refreshing to see.

Congratulations to Arsenal on qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League. The draw will commence tomorrow when we find out which teams will play in which group.

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About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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