Arsenal through to Champions League group stages

  • 25 August 2011
Arsenal player Theo Walcott celebrates scoring against Udinese Image copyright Getty Images

Arsenal have made it through to the group stages of the Champions League beating Italian side Udinese 3-1 over two legs.

The London club won the first leg 1-0 but Udinese quickly took the lead in Italy with a header from Antonio di Natale.

Robin Van Persie brought the scores level with Arsenal's equaliser set up by Gervinho. But the match turned when Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a penalty. Theo Walcott's goal sealed the win to take score to 2-1.

The win means that Arsenal are in the draw for the group stages of the Champions League.

The club have had a difficult few weeks losing Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and midfielder Sami Nasri to Manchester City.