Arsenal 5-0 Porto
UEFA Champions League
9 March 2010
Arsenal came out aggressive and would grab an early lead they would never relinquish on Tuesday.
The Gunners were clearly the better team for the match and scored two goals in the first half. The first was a through ball for Arshavin that deflected off a defender in the box where Nicklas Bendtner was able to reach it and score. The second was an Arshavin pass into the box to a wide open Bendtner who scored to make it 2-0.
Arshavin was the man of the match and was constantly creating chances for Arsenal. The second would see the flood gates open as the Gunners scored three more goals. Until their third goal, it still remained tight at Porto just needed one goal at that point to level the match on aggregate. A terrific indivual effort from Samuel Nasri would give Arsenal the third goal. He beat three defenders on the dribble and then scored with a shot from a tough angle. It was a fantastic play and the turning point of the match.
Arsenal would add two more goals as Eboue would run into an Arshavin through ball and score in the 66th minute. Eboue also earned a penalty in stoppage time that Bendnter would convert to get his hat trick. Arsenal will learn their quarterfinal opponent on March 19 when the draw is released.