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Calamitous Arsenal throw away 3 goal lead

What started off as a memorable day for Arsenal fans, soon became a night to forget as the Gunners were on the receiving end of some of their own medicine, throwing away a 3-0 lead to end their Champions League home time with Belgian champions Anderlecht at 3-3.

A penalty from Mikel Arteta set Arsenal on their way midway through the first half, before Alexis Sanchez doubled the Gunners lead latching onto a rebound from his own free-kick to put Arsenal 2-0 comfortably ahead at half-time.

Some terrific work from Sanchez won Arsenal the ball high up the pitch early in the second half and the pace and accuracy of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did the rest as the 21 year old England international put the Gunners well on their way to winning their group.

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Podolski wins it late for Arsenal in Brussels

Arsenal gave their Champions League knock out round qualification hopes a major boost tonight by stealing a late win in Brussels against a surprisingly competitive Anderlecht side that had the Gunners on the ropes till very late in the contest.

After a sluggish first half which required neither goalkeepers to make a save, Arsenal started the second period brightly with Alexis Sanchez drawing a save out of Silvio Proto in the Anderlecht goal and Santi Cazorla being denied brilliantly by the goalkeeper after being played through by Sanchez.

Anderlecht took a shock lead through a rare foray forward with Andy Najar getting on the end of a move he started, nodding home after being left alone in the box with Calum Chambers doubling up on the man at the near post and the ball going above him.

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Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray: Player Ratings

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Arsenal produced arguably their best performance at home this season as they beat a poor Galatasaray side 4-1 in the Champions League with new signing Danny Welbeck netting his first professional hat-trick and Alexis Sanchez grabbing yet another goal. It wasn't all Arsenal though on the night with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off on the hour mark for bringing down Burak Yilmaz in the box and the Turkish international striker stepped up and converted his spot kick.

Arsenal though were good value for their win and might have grabbed a few more goals, though their new goalkeeper David Ospina was also kept busy by the Turkish giants, who pressed forward with their man advantage in the second half.

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Gerrard disappointed with performance

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard looked absolutely gutted for the second time this week as the Reds were beaten 1-0 by a solid FC Basel side who arguably played the better football.

Basel got their goal from a defensive error and the Liverpool skipper was none too pleased as one can imagine. He said, "We cannot keep defending like that from set-pieces we made it easy for them. We came here wanting to win and expecting to win and it is disappointing. It is not good enough."

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Basel edge Liverpool in close contest in Champions League

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Liverpool's struggles this season don't look like they will be abating for a while as the Reds suffered yet another reversal, faltering in their first real test in the Champions League, going down 1-0 away to FC Basel.

A 52nd minute goal from Marco Streller proved to be the difference between the two sides as Basel took advantage of a defensive error from Martin Skrtel to edge ahead in what was actually a rather close contest.

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Welbeck nets first Arsenal hat-trick as 10-man Arsenal hammer Galatasaray

A near perfect night for Arsenal saw their deadline day signing Danny Welbeck grab a hat-trick, while another summer signing Alexis Sanchez scored a fourth before Wojciech Szczesny's sending off and subsequent penalty scored by Burak Yilmaz took the shine off Arsenall Manager Arsene Wenger's 18th Anniversary celebrations at the club. On the scoresheet where it mattered though, even with 10-men Arsenal were comfortably 4-1 winners to get their UEFA Champions League campaign up and running.

Arsenal made a couple of forced changes to the side that took on Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby at the weekend with the injured duo of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey replaced by Mathieu Flamini and Santi Cazorla respectively. There was a third change to the Arsenal side as well with Alexis Sanchez coming into the team in place of Jack Wilshere. That meant Arsenal lined up in a more than usual attacking formation of a 4-2-3-1 with Welbeck as the lone striker Mesut Ozil operating in a free role behind him and the pacey duo of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on either side of him.

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Mourinho launches Drogba defence after Chelsea drop points against Schalke

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho was forced to defend his decision to start the Blues' Champions League opener with Didier Drogba and not the in-form Diego Costa after the Blues dropped two points at home to German side Schalke 04.

The Blues boss though opted to look on the positive side of things and refused to despondent at just picking up a point. Mourinho said, "We had more than a couple of fantastic chances to win the game but we got a point. It is not the best result but it is a result."

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