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The win provides Arsene Wenger’s side with a much-needed advantage heading into next week’s second leg in Italy, although a lively display from the Italian’s will ensure the Premier League side don't take things lightly going into clash.

Despite keeping a clean sheet and picking up a result which makes them favourites to progress to the group stages, doubts will remain about the Gunners' defensive capabilities as they flirted dangerously with conceding an away goal for much of the match.
With the protracted departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona finally over, and visitors Udinese also looking to recover from the loss of Alexis Sanchez and Gokhan Inler, there was an edgy atmosphere in north London with both sides in need of a positive result to set the tone of their transition.

Wenger made two changes to the side that drew a blank away at Newcastle United at the weekend, with Marouane Chamakh replacing the suspended Robin Van Persie, and Walcott taking the place of Andrey Arshavin, whilst there was still no place in the squad for wantaway midfielder Samir Nasri with the Frenchman also banned.

New signing Gervinho made his Champions League bow for the Gunners, with his three-match ban for violent conduct only affecting domestic games, whilst £12 million man Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain celebrated turning 18 yesterday with a place amongst the substitutes.

The home side made a superb start, when Bacray Sagna’s lobbed pass allowed Aaron Ramsey to exploit space down the right-hand flank, before Walcott met the Welshman’s cross with a side-footed volley to beat Handanovic at the near post, and take an early lead after four minutes.

Udinese debutant Neuton continued to look unconvincing at left back, with Ramsey, Walcott and Sagna continually finding space in behind, whilst Gervinho looked set to double Arsenal’s lead on 10 minutes from six-yards out, only for Thomas Vermaelen to seemingly put the Ivorian off. (

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