Napoli 2 Arsenal 0

Higuain and Callejon sink 10-man Gunners to send them second below Dortmund

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain struck the before Jose Callejon netted a second against Arsene Wenger’s side to send Arsenal second in Group F below Borussia Dortmund.

An underwhelming night for Arsenal was compounded when Mikel Arteta was sent off for picking up a second booking with a needless foul on Callejon moments after Higuain lost his marker to roll past Wojciech Szczesny for the 73rd-minute opener.

Callejon netted a second for the hosts at the death, but the Italian side needed another goal to ensure a last-16 berth in place of the north-Londoners.

Going into the game as group leaders, Arsenal’s defeat sent them to second in the standings behind Dortmund, who secured a last-ditch win over Marseille in France.

Pick that one out: Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after opening the scoring with little under 20 minutes to play
Pick that one out: Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after opening the scoring with little under 20 minutes to play

 

Match facts

Napoli: Barbosa, Maggio, Armero, Behrami, Fernandez, Albiol, Mertens, Dzemaili, Higuain, Pandev (Insigne 57), Callejon

Subs not used: Uvini, Britos, Colombo, Cannavaro, Inler, Zapata

Booked: Mertens, Dzemaili, Fernandez

Goal: Higuain 73, Callejon 90

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Arteta, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Rosicky (Monreal 74), Flamini, Giroud, Ozil, Cazorla (Ramsey 67)

Subs not used: Vermaelen, Wilshere, Walcott, Monreal, Fabianski, Bendtner

Booked: Arteta, Giroud, Ramsey

Sent off: Arteta 76

Referee: Viktor Kassai

Scramble: Per Mertesacker (left) and Mathieu Flamini are left flailing as Higuain aims for goal
Scramble: Per Mertesacker (left) and Mathieu Flamini are left flailing as Higuain aims for goal

 

Pulling the trigger: Higuain aims for Wojciech Szczesny's bottom-left corner to score the opener
Pulling the trigger: Higuain aims for Wojciech Szczesny’s bottom-left corner to score the opener
Frustration: Olivier Giroud reacts after Arsenal spurn a chance during the early stages of the game
Frustration: Olivier Giroud reacts after Arsenal spurn a chance during the early stages of the game
Up for it: Valon Behrami beats Mesut Ozil to the punch in the final group game in Naples
Up for it: Valon Behrami beats Mesut Ozil to the punch in the final group game in Naples
Strong armed: Laurent Koscielny throws himself into a challenge
Blow: Gonzalo Higuain reflects on a missed chance

Strong armed: Laurent Koscielny throws himself into a challenge (left) as Gonzalo Higuain reflects on a miss

 

Physical: Olivier Giroud is wrestled off the ball by Raul Albiol during the first half
Physical: Olivier Giroud is wrestled off the ball by Raul Albiol during the first half

 

Familiar sight: Arsene Wenger (left) and Rafa Benitez (right) watch the game unfold
Familiar sight: Arsene Wenger (left) and Rafa Benitez (right) watch the game unfold

 

Hitting the deck: Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini appeal for a free-kick against Goran Pandev
Hitting the deck: Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini appeal for a free-kick against Goran Pandev

 

Tribute: Arsenal and Napoli stars joined to pay homage to the late Nelson Mandela
Tribute: Arsenal and Napoli stars joined to pay homage to the late Nelson Mandela

 

A tad late: Arsenal fans were dropped off after the kick-off in special fan coaches forcing them to miss the start
A tad late: Arsenal fans were dropped off after the kick-off in special fan coaches forcing them to miss the start

 

In the spotlight: Wenger makes his way on to the turf ahead of the game resuming after the break
In the spotlight: Wenger makes his way on to the turf ahead of the game resuming after the break 

Source : Daily mail

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