Arsenal Went Down 2-1 to Croatian Title Winners Dinamo Zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb made a dream start to their Champions League campaign after securing a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

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Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is dejected after being sent off during the Champions League group stage match against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday. (Photo: Reuters)

Croatian title winners Dinamo Zagreb made a dream start to their Champions League campaign after a goal in each half gave them a 2-1 home win over 10-man Arsenal in their Group F match on Wednesday.

An Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal followed by a Junior Fernandes header put Dinamo in the driving seat before Theo Walcott pulled one back for the Premier League side, who had striker Olivier Giroud sent off in the first half.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in action against Dinamo in the Champions League. (Photo: Reuters)
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in action against Dinamo in the Champions League. (Photo: Reuters)

Having failed to advance past the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition in their previous four attempts, Dinamo produced a morale-boosting performance in the Maksimir stadium.

Organised defending aided by a packed midfield frustrated a disjointed Arsenal and the home side always looked dangerous on the break, with Algeria striker El Hilal Arabi Soudani at the heart of all their moves.

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