Live: Arsenal 0 Schalke 2

Remember you can follow me on twitter @1rebs.. but thats all from me, Rebecca Stephenson for tonight... hope to see you for another game again soon.

Thanks for all your comments tonight... hope you enjoyed the coverage if not the result!

Its over - Arsenal lose to foreign opposition at the Emirates for the first time and surrender top spot in the group

A last hurrah from Arsenal as Gnabry forces a save from the goalkeeper Unnerstall, who hasnt had much to do.

The stadium is fast emptying as the germans party in the corner to a German version of Glory Glory Man Utd/Tottenham Hotspur which is sure to go down well with the Arsenal fans

Marica comes on for Huntelaar to waste a few seconds

Farfan has deserved the assist, no surprises that the goal comes from the right hand side as Farfan beats Santos, and this time threads the ball between keeper and defenders for Afellay at the back post who has the simple task of side-footing home


Gnabry almost creates a chance with his first touch.. beats his man and squares it but its too close to the goalkeeper

Podolski is off for Arshavin and Jenkinson is coming off to be replaced by Gnabry for his Champions League debut aged 17

Jenkinson crosses for Giroud but his header is blocked, but they come again.. Ramsey overhits his cross out of play

Ten minutes for Arsenal to rescue this.. looks like a double change is on the way too, Arshavin and Gnabry being readied

The 3000+ German fans are going mad in the corner.. on the positive side for Arsenal, Olympiakos have equalised in France 1-1

It was a header straight between the two centre-halves that fell to Huntelaar, played onside by Santos and he slotted it home


And its Gervinho going off.. seems a popular decision inside the stadium - enthusiastic cheers at his exit.. Giroud given a good welcome - let's hope he's got better shooting boots on than he had at Norwich

Farfan breaks again but Mannone clutches the ball along the ground.. here comes Giroud....

but the referee has seen it dead right and Gervinho becomes the second player booked for diving tonight

Farfan threads it through but the cross misses everyone... Gervinho breaks and goes down in the area..............

Ramsey is in the referees notebook - easy on for the ref - foul on Afellay

You feel Arsenal need some fresh impetus just to change the direction of their attacks, give Schalke something different to think about.. they have Giroud on the bench

Shalke bring on Barnetta for Holtby

Good cross from Uchida but no-one is there to meet it.. Gervinho breaks on the wing - where he looks more comfortable, good cross but as he's out wide, no-one is central to convert it

if this stays as a draw, Arsenal would have 7, Schalke 5... Arsenal go to Germany next

Montpellier are now 1-0 up on Olympiakos - that would leave them with 4 points

Here come Schalke with their dangerous double-act Farfan and Uchida.. this time they're snuffed out though.. the pace of the game has slowed quite a bit in the last 10 minutes

Fuchs is allowed to run all the way through.. his weak shot wins a corner but it comes to nothing as the ball is headed down into the ground and bounces over the crossbar

Gail - None of English clubs look that impressive. Ajax were all over City and Arsenal look lacking in ideas.

Gervinho looks to break through but he's just not strong enough to see of the defender

Maybe Arsenal couldn't find a laundry basket big enough at half-time eh?!

What an opportunity for Schalke - cut back by Farfan who skins Santos AGAIN, but it falls to Howedes who skies it (defenders shot)

great chance for Arsenal, the magician cazorla dances past 3 players, eventually came to Coquelin but his ball is cut out

Jones is on for Hoger for Schalke

No changes for Arsenal at half time as we kick off for the second half

Here's a message from our friends at SkyBet....After a goalless opening period, the Gunners are 6/4 to beat their Bundesliga opposition, with the draw 5/4 and Schalke 11/4 to seal an away victory. Gervinho has looked lively so far and has been price-boosted to 8/1 to score the next goal, with Jefferson Farfan 11/1 to bag the next goal for the visitors.

Jim - I don't think Steve will say what we all want him to say..... "Listen, Santos is not a good defender, we need to help him now (then eyeball the 2 DMs). Plus, you lot are giving the ball up way too easy, losing possession at midfield or in our half! Finally, Gervinho, how about you stop overrunning the crosses, latch on to the genius through-balls and put it away!

Kev - Santos is a liability. Needs to be taken off, Farfan is running rings round him. Bould won't be happy with that. Bould should ring Winterburn & get him on for Santos, at least we know he can defend!!

Irfan - Its not about talking but more about action. Bring on Koscielny for Santos. Play him or Vermaelen on the left.

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Of course Arsene Wenger can't communicate with his dressing room under the terms of his ban so its down to Steve Bould - but what would you be saying to the Arsenal players??

It's half-time and Arsenal HAVE to sort out their left hand side - Farfan and Uchida having a field day against Santos.

Uchida catches Santos out again, puts the ball into the near post and Huntelaar puts it wide - He should have put that in!! Major escape for Arsenal, that should be 1-0. His coach is going ballistic on the touchline

Gone a little bit quiet after 10 minutes of end to end stuff

Iain - it was a stone wall penalty for Schalke, he could have easily chipped the keeper from that range

Still 0-0 in the other game in this group - that WOULD be a good result for both these sides

Huntelaar puts the ball in the net but he's miles offside

Mertesacker saves Arsenal again - Santos can't cope with Farfan at the moment

Good game to watch this, both sides looking to attack at every opportunity

Schalke break into the box... the dangerous Farfan cuts in, beats one man and looks to have a great chance to score but his shot is blocked

Here's a corner for Arsenal - but its straight into the hands of Unnerstall in the Schalke goal

Arsenal well on top but just missing the finishing touch.. but the Germans are dangerous on the break

I think a certain Dutchman would've gobbled that ball up with glee

Fantastic ball through by Cazorla to Gervinho but he doesn't do it justice and allows the defender to get back at him.. should've done better there

Adam: Certain dive! There may well have been a touch but only after Afellay fell onto Mannone!

A free kick almost in the corner is given as Coquelin commits the foul.. Holtby swings it in but headed clear by Podolski

Cleared by Ramsey but Arsenal give it away again - they win a throw in deep in Gunners territory

Podolski pulls it across but it eludes everyone.. it went behind Gervinho at the near post.. schalke break and win a corner..

Bit of a spell from Schalke here, cross into the box headed out, the German's retain posession but Uchida is offside

Dive or a penalty?? if you're watching let me know what you thought - @1rebs,

Schalke suddenly find a bit of attacking spirit - farfan is felled by Vermaelen, who is the second player booked

Afellay booked for diving - not sure he deserved that - Arsenal lucky to get away with that - could easily have been a penalty

Arsenal having all the ball but not in the areas they would like at the moment

a few empty seats in the Emirates tonight, but those here are on their feet as Podolski puts a ball into the near post but Gervinho flicks it wide

Arsenal passing it nicely but not really going anywhere with it at the moment

First German attack from Afellay is cut out before his pass can reach Huntelaar

Early play all in the central third, Arsenal just moving the ball around, first attack comes to nothing as Gervinho dawdles on the ball

The Germans are certainly making themselves heard.. over 3000 of them have travelled to London

So, the teams are out, the anthem has played, the handshake has taken place and we're almost ready for Kick Off.

Parmpal 3-1 Arsenal, even though Schalke are good and Santi shines, we can win easily

Ami from Nottingham - Important game. After Saturday's performance, Arsenal need to get back in the game. 3-2.

Carl - As a less than happy Gunner from the weekend, hoping for a comfortable, morale boosting 3-0 win but predicting a nervy 2-1 win!

Akshet รพ-Tough game for Arsenal. Schalke are a good side. So i'm going for 1-1

Felix - I'm an Arsenal fan and expect them to pick up three points. Going for a 1-0 win for Arsenal, Cazorla getting the goal.

Cazorla to score first is 9/1 - that looks a good bet to me!

Keep your opinions coming in, remember you can tweet me @1rebs or e-mail me at

Fancy a flutter? SkyBet are offering 3/1 on Arsenal to win without Schalke scoring

Schalke are in good form with three wins on the trot coming into this game.. the last two being away from home too

So if Arsenal can win tonight they will be all-but through to the knockout phase... I'll keep you up to date with Montpellier v Olympiakos too.. but a win will see Wenger's men five points clear of the rest in group B

Alex Bullions - Arsenal could nick this 1-0

Gabriel: I normally root for English teams in the CL but I do quite like Schalke so I'm not sure who I want to win. With Arsenal already top of the group, Wenger might have half an eye on Saturday's derby with QPR as the Gunners need to pick up their league position more than anything else. Schalke are a good team, I think they can secure a draw here.

Jamie (Man Utd Fan) - I'm wanting Arsenal to get 3 points today. They have had a good couple of games in the Premier League and there is no reason why they should not be able to gain the 3 points here.

Andre - Chelsea Fan: I reckon 1-1 with Podolski with the Goal for Arsenal and Farfan with the goal for Schalke, tough opposition

Adam from Cornwall: If Arsenal win tonight they are all but through to the knockout stages, and I think they'll do just that, but just! I can see this being a tight and quite a boring game to watch. The Gunners to nick it 1-0. Podolski to get the goal.

Michael from Chicago: Arsenal need all the 3 points tonight so the team can focus more on The Premier League.

Cian: Really tough game tonight! I think Arsenal will win 3-1, Podolski, Giroud & Cazorla

Arsene Wenger has named his team...there's just one change, midfielder Francis Coquelin comes into the side which lost 1-0 at Norwich, Olivier Giroud is dropped to the bench.

Good evening and welcome to the Emirates for coverage of Arsenal v Schalke tonight with me, Rebecca Stephenson. Whether you're watching along with me, or following the game solely on the internet, I want to hear your views... Tweet me @1rebs or e-mail me at and i'll put some of them up on site as we go through the game.

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