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Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Basel, Celtic 3-3 Manchester City

  • Theo Walcott gives the Gunners an early lead with a powerful header from close range after good work from Alexis Sanchez.
  • The much-maligned forward-turned-winger doubles Arsenal's lead in a one-sided game at the Emirates.
  • Moussa Dembele deflects home from close ranger at Celtic Park as Brendan Rodgers' men hit the front.
  • City bounce back shortly afterwards through the Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who finishes from inside the box.
  • The Hoops retake the lead courtesy of a deflected effort from highly-rated teenager Kieran Tierney.
  • Raheem Sterling scores City's second of the game, rolling the ball home from near the penalty spot after good work by David Silva.
  • Brendan Rodgers' men take the lead for the third time thanks to a spectacular effort from Moussa Dembele.
  • Nolito hits back soon afterwards as Pep Guardiola's team refuse to cave in against the hosts.
Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott celebrates scoring for the Gunners Getty Images

Well, that's all we have for you from this live blog tonight. I hope you've enjoyed our coverage and be sure to check out the IBTimes UK website for post-match reaction in the coming hours.

Until next time...

Arsenal enjoyed a good night
Arsenal enjoyed a good night at the Emirates Stadium Getty Images

Full-time scores from around Europe:

  • Ludo Razgd 1-3 Paris St Germain
  • Besiktas 1-1 Dynamo Kiev
  • Napoli 4-2 Benfica
  • B M'gladbach 1-2 Barcelona
  • Atl Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
  • FC Rostov 2-2 PSV Eindhoven
Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique scored for Barcelona Getty Images

Full-time: Celtic 3-3 Manchester City

All over in Glasgow, too, in what has been one of the better Champions League ties in recent memory. Brendan Rodgers' men have been inspired by a passionate home support to claim a hard-fought point at Celtic Park.

An incredible game.

Celtic Park
The Hoops produced an inspired performance at Celtic Park Getty Images

Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Basel

A one-sided win for the Gunners, who produced a really eye-catching performance, especially in the first half. Walcott was the hero once again, scoring both goals - but the scoreline doesn't really do justice to their dominance.

Theo Walcott was Arsenal's hero
Theo Walcott (left) was Arsenal's hero Getty Images

Arsenal almost add a third through Oxlade-Chamberlain, who rounds the goalkeeper after being put through - but his effort is deflected behind.

From the resulting corner, Sanchez sees another chance go begging. The Chilean could, and perhaps should, have had a hat-trick this evening.

We're into two minutes of added time now.

Alexis Sanchez shows his frustration
Alexis Sanchez shows his frustration Getty Images

The atmosphere at the Emirates has been very good this evening, with the away supporters making a real noise.

But it's been nothing compared to the sights and sounds of Celtic Park.

The scene at Celtic Park
The scene at Celtic Park Getty Images

Arsenal continue to push for another goal without any luck.

City are blowing and blowing and blowing ... but have they got enough puff to bring Celtic's house down? It's been a remarkable game in Glasgow, where the Celtic players have exceeded all expectations.

Pep Guardiola encourages his side
Pep Guardiola encourages his side Getty Images

Mustafi goes down in a heavy collision but the German international appears to be okay to carry on. Just over five minutes left at the Emirates....

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger on the bench Getty Images

A curious moment in Glasgow. Patrick Robert comes on for Celtic. He is a Manchester City loanee, remember.

Basel make a change of their own. Matias Delgado comes on in the hope of dragging the Swiss team back into the match. He hasn't gone long to make a difference, mind you, as time ebbs away at the Emirates.

Barcelona have come from behind to lead 2-1 against B M'gladbach, meanwhile.

Barcelona celebrate
Barcelona celebrate Getty Images

Kieran Gibbs has come on for the Gunners, who will be looking to put a bit of a gloss on the scoreline. In truth, they have hammered Basel without scoring the goals to prove their dominance.

Nacho Monreal was the man to make way, by the way.

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka (right) wins the ball for the Gunners Getty Images

Can either side find a winner in Glasgow?

Pep Guardiola on the touchline
Pep Guardiola on the touchline Getty Images

A double change for the Gunners. Theo Walcott won't be scoring a hat-trick this evening, but he does get a standing ovation from the crowd as he makes way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Meanwhile, Iwobi makes way for Elneny.

Theo Walcott enjoyed a memorable night
Theo Walcott enjoyed a memorable night Getty Images

Arsenal go desperately close to adding a well deserved third goal. Theo Walcott goes racing up the right side, before cutting the ball back to Alexis Sanchez who screws his effort wide of the post.

Alexis Sanchez shows his frustration
Alexis Sanchez shows his frustration Getty Images

Manchester City are pilling on the pressure now. Another goal for the away side feels inevitable at the moment.

Out of nowhere, Basel appear to be applying a little bit of pressure of their own. A corner from the right is blazed over the bar from an enticing distance. This is definitely the best spell Basel have enjoyed this evening, though.

Alex Iwobi comes close to adding another goal for the Gunners. The Nigerian international surges towards the goal but pokes his effort just wide.

Up the other end, Ospina is called into action for the first time, pushing a long distance effort just over the bar.

Shkodran Mustafi
Shkodran Mustafi (right) plays a pass forwards Getty Images

GOAL: Celtic 3-3 Manchester City (Nolito)

This is getting silly now, isn't it!? The Spaniard Nolito has scored a third equaliser for Pep's men on the night.

This time, David Silva sends the ball through to Sergio Aguero, whose effort is well saved by Craig Gordon. Subsequently, however, the ball falls to Nolito, who finds the net for City.

Manchester City celebrate their equaliser
Manchester City celebrate their equaliser Getty Images

GOAL: Celtic 3-2 Manchester City (Dembele)

A crazy game in Glasgow takes another twist! Moussa Dembele put Celtic back in front after 61 seconds of the second period.

The highly-rated forward has scored his second of the game with a great hooked shot over his shoulder.

Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele finds the net for Celtic Getty Images

Arsenal form an early attack up their left flank. Nacho Monreal puts the ball across towards Alexis Sanchez, but the Chilean is just beaten to it by the keeper, who has taken a knock for his troubles. He seems okay to continue, though.

Arsene Wenger watches the game
Arsene Wenger watches the game Getty Images

We're back under way across Europe. Arsenal were simply brilliant in the opening 45 minutes and Arsene Wenger will be hoping for more of the same in the second period, I'm sure.

Other half-time scores around Europe:

  • Ludo Razgd 1-1 Paris St Germain
  • Besiktas 1-0 Dynamo Kiev
  • Napoli 1-0 Benfica
  • B M'gladbach 1-0 Barcelona
  • Atl Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
  • FC Rostov 2-2 PSV Eindhoven
Barcelona trail at the break
Barcelona trail at the break Getty Images

Half-time: Arsenal 2-0 Basel, Celtic 2-2 Manchester City

What an incredible first 45 minutes at the Emirates and in Glasgow. Dramatically different games, but equally entertaining.

I'm not sure when I last saw Arsenal play better than they have in that first half, in which they have dominated from the outset.

At Celtic Park, meanwhile, the Hoops have risen to the occasion, taking the lead twice only to be pegged back by their much-hyped opponents.

The scene at Celtic Park
The scene at Celtic Park Getty Images

And again... and again, for Arsenal. The ball comes over from the left side and Mesut Ozil meets it with a first-time volley into the side netting. This is about as one-sided as a 2-0 game can get.

Ospina could have a cup of tea and read the paper at this rate, because he hasn't had a save to make.

Arsene Wenger on the touchline
Arsene Wenger on the touchline Getty Images

Another golden chance for the Gunners goes begging. On this occasion, Sanchez controls a chip over the top before his volleyed effort is well stopped by the keeper. This could be 5-0 or 6-0 already, honestly.

Arsenal are playing some wonderful stuff and, in reality, ought to be further clear of their opponents. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have both spurned one-on-one chances and a third goal appears inevitable.

GOAL: Celtic 2-2 Manchester City (Sterling)

It's difficult to keep pace with these goals! Raheem Sterling has drawn City level at Celtic Park, with the England man rolling the ball home from near the penalty spot after he was expertly found by David Silva.

What a see-sawing affair we have in Glasgow.

Raheem Sterling finds the net
Raheem Sterling finds the net Getty Images

Moments later, Arsenal have a good shout for a penalty turned down as Walcott appeared to be tripped in the penalty area. The ref confidently waved the appeal away - but it seemed the in-form Arsenal winger had his legs taken from beneath him before the defender swept the ball away.

Arsenal are riding the crest of a wave this evening, following their one-sided win against Chelsea at the weekend. It's clear that the Gunners are playing with a confidence that was lacking in the early stages of the season.

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott celebrates scoring for the Gunners Getty Images

GOAL: Arsenal 2-0 Basel (Walcott)

It's that man again! Theo Walcott grabs his second and Arsenal's second of this one-sided game at the Emirates.

The forward-turned-winger finds the bottom corner with a right-footed, pinpoint finish that goes in via the right-hand post. It feels like a case of how many for the Gunners, to be honest.

Theo Walcott finds the net
Theo Walcott finds the net Getty Images

GOAL: Celtic 2-1 Manchester City (Tierney)

The Hoops have retaken the lead at Celtic Park - and Kieran Tierney is the hero on this occasion!

The highly-rated defender - who is a rumoured transfer target for Premier League clubs - has added some value to his prospective fee with a valuable goal against Pep's men. The teenager, making his 50th appearance for the club, shoots from distance and it takes a deflection off Raheem Sterling before the ball finds the net.

Can the hosts hold onto their lead, though, in what is fast becoming a very memorable game in Glasgow?

Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers
Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park Getty Images

Suchy goes into the book for tugging at the shirt of Alexis Sanchez, who has been a real livewire in the opening exchanges.

Arsenal win a corner on the left side but it comes to nothing and Basel have a moment to relax.

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott on the ball for the Gunners Getty Images

Even though their side has fallen behind early on, Basel's supporters are still making loads of noise in the corner of the ground their housed in. They're not going to let anything dampen their enthusiasm, it seems.

Back on the pitch, Arsenal are continuing to dominate without creating any more chances of real note. Their latest effort breaks down when Mesut Ozuil is flagged offside.

Mesut Ozil tries to reach the ball
Mesut Ozil tries to reach the ball Getty Images

GOAL: Celtic 1-1 Manchester City (Fernandinho)

Well, that didn't last very long. Pep's men are back on level terms thanks to the Brazilian dynamo Fernandinho, who collects a scuffed shot just inside the Celtic box and fires home with his left foot. What. A. Start.

Manchester City celebrate their goal
Manchester City celebrate their goal Getty Images

GOAL: Arsenal 1-0 Basel (Walcott)

Theo Walcott - who has been lively in the opening exchanges - gives the Gunners the lead from close range!

A cross comes in from the left side from Alexis Sanchez and the speedster batters the ball home with his head to continue his impressive recent run.

Theo Walcott finds the net
Theo Walcott finds the net Getty Images

GOAL: Celtic 1-0 Manchester City (Dembele)

Celtic Park is rocking as the hosts take the lead!

Moussa Dembele deflects the ball into the net after Erik Sviatchenko glances a header in his direction. That's put a cat amongst the pigeons.

Celtic open the scoring
Celtic open the scoring Getty Images

The first real opening of the evening falls to Alexis Sanchez in the box, but after he is played through from a quick freekick, the Chilean is guilty of dithering too long and Basel are able to clear the ball. One-way traffic at the Emirates for the time being.

Arsene Wenger watches on
Arsene Wenger watches on Getty Images

Arsenal are on the front foot from the outset at an unusually loud Emirates Stadium. Theo Walcott leads a breakaway but he can't find a decisive pass in the final third and a promising-looking move breaks down.

It's all Arsenal at the moment, though.

Hector Bellerin on the ball
Hector Bellerin on the ball Getty Images

We're under way, then. Arsenal are in their yellow strip, if that sort of thing interests you.

Supporters at the Emirates
Supporters at the Emirates Getty Images

The players emerge from the tunnel at the Emirates. The Swiss fans, it ought to be said, are making a lot of noise in one corner of the ground as the Champions League anthem is played out on the speakers.

The players have been out on the pitch going through their last-minute preparations ahead of Arsenal's first home game of this Champions League campaign. Realistically, if the Gunners are to top their group, then they need to be winning matches like this.

They come into the game in good form, too, and ought to be confident of beating a Swiss team at the Emirates, with all due respect to Basel.

Arsenal fans before kick-off
Arsenal fans before kick-off Getty Images

On the flip side...

For all of the pre-match talk about Basel's record against English sides, it's not as impressive as you might believe.

Ahead of the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has received some inside information on Basel from Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny, who have spent time at the Swiss club before moving to the Emirates.

Granit moved to Borussia Monchengladbach from Basel before moving to the Emirates while Elneny was bought directly from the Swiss club last January.

Wenger has warned his team to be wary of the Swiss giants, who have upset a host of big teams in the Champions league such as Manchester United and Liverpool.

"It's the team that has dominated the Swiss championship for years, and they have had excellent results in England because they have beaten everybody - Man United and Chelsea and [drawn against] Liverpool," he said.

"So they have made strong results in Europe. They are a team who are used to playing in the Champions League. It's not a newcomer or a beginner in the Champions League, they have huge experience in the competition."

Arsenal fans before kick-off
Arsenal fans before kick-off Getty Images

Speaking of the Gunners' summetime activities, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has revealed two key reasons for turning down a move to Arsenal.

The north London giants were keen to bring him to the Emirates Stadium and had submitted a bid of £20m ($26m), which triggered his release clause. However, Vardy chose to remain with the Foxes and later agreed a lucrative new deal.

"You look at Arsenal's style of play and they don't get the ball forward quickly in the same way Leicester do for those runs I like to make in behind the defence," Vardy wrote in his book, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"One thing that didn't worry me was the idea that I wouldn't be the 'main man' at Arsenal. We even looked at new schools for the children, but I got to the stage where I felt with my heart and head that I wanted to stay at Leicester," the England international explained.

"Players always come and go. It was more a case of seeing Leicester as a club that wanted to build on what we achieved with the title and I want to be part of that. I'm happy with how everything has turned out. 'The dream continues,' Claudio [Ranieri] texted me after I agreed to stay. That's exactly how I felt, too."

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy admits he looked at schools in London before turning down Arsenal move this summer Getty

A man who sounds a little less happy with the Arsenal boss is youngster Alex Iwobi, who has revealed he was keen to play for Nigeria at this Olympics in Rio. He was stopped from doing so, however, because he would have missed the opening of the Premier League season.

"I would like to have played in the Olympics – doing that would have been a big thing for me," Iwobi told the London Evening Standard. "If I had gone, I would have missed a couple of Arsenal games at least and the boss [Arsene Wenger] didn't want that.

"I wish I did go but at the end of the day I did what the boss wanted and I am happy to be where I am. If I had gone, I might not be where I am now."

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi wishes he was afforded the chance to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympics Getty Images

Theo Walcott has been selected in the Arsenal side again tonight - and comes into the match on the back of some top form.

The much-maligned winger recently revealed how talks with Arsene Wenger during the summer helped him refocus and establish himself as a key member of the Arsenal squad again.

"I've worked hard from the back end of last season and I've just continued to do that throughout the whole summer and that's all I'm doing," Walcott was quoted as saying by the Times. "Me and the manager sat down and I've just looked at myself. There's no point dwelling on the past, that's what I'm like.

"The manager has shown tremendous faith in me and I just want to repay that. You can see that in my desire and the way that I'm playing at the moment. It's a shame that it only hit me a few years ago because there's been a slight change in my attitude ahead of big games."

Theo Walcott
Walcott doubles Arsenal's lead against Chelsea Getty Images

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been suggested as a possible replacement for Allardyce. We'll have to wait and see on that front...

However, one man who has already distanced himself from the lucrative role is US boss and former Germany international Jurgen Klinsmann.

You can read what he's had to say on the role here.

Jurgen Klinsmann
Jurgen Klinsmann is unlikely to succeed Sam Allardyce as England manager JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty Images

Away from the Champions League for a moment, and it's worth dwelling on the events of the last 48 hours, which have seen Sam Allardyce leave his position as the England manager.

The ex-West Ham boss was the subject of a newspaper sting and left the role by "mutual consent" last night. That being the case, who are the main contenders to replace Big Sam?

There is, of course, a huge gap ion quality between the two sides at Celtic Park. But the Hoops have previously overcome the odds to sink more established rivals.

Will it be another memorable night in Glasgow this evening? We'll soon find out...

Breaking team news:

Here is the team news from Celtic Park, meanwhile, where John Stones is named on the City bench.

Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Bitton, Brown, Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair, Dembele.

Subs: De Vries,Simunovic, Griffiths, Gamboa, Armstrong, Roberts, McGregor.

Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Sane, Navas, Iheanacho, Fernando

Celtic Park
The pre-match scene at Celtic Park Getty Images

Breaking team news:

Granit Xhaka has been handed a start by Arsene Wenger, who has kept faith with the likes of Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott, too. Meanwhile, Ospina replaces Cech in goal for the Gunners.

There is also a place on the bench for 18-year-old midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez

Subs: Cech, Gibbs, Gabreil, Elneny, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas

Basel: Vaclik, Lang, Suchy, T Xhaka, Balanta, Traore, Bjarnason, Zuffi, Fransson, Doumbia, Steffen

The Emirates
The Emirates Stadium before kick-off Getty Images

The stage is set in north London and we're around 15 minutes from learning the team news. Has Arsene Wenger got a surprise in store for us this evening...?

We'll also be keeping you updated on the game at Celtic Park...


Celtic suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the first Champions League match of this campaign on 13 September. The match was held at Camp Nou and the La Liga winners dominated the game in Spain.

City, on the other hand, have been in fine form in this season. Out of the 10 matches played in all competitions, they have won all of them and currently sit on top of the Premier League table with 18 points after six matches.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola is unbeaten as the Manchester City boss Getty Images

What the manager says

Arsene Wenger: "It's our target [to top the group] but the truth is on the pitch. Let's show that we can go from good game to good game and put the effort in in every single game. That's what it is about.

"In recent years we always got out of the group stage. Last year we made it difficult for ourselves and we have learned as well that in the group stage it's not only important to qualify but, if possible, top the group. It gives you more chance to go through after."

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger on the bench against Chelsea Getty Images


Arsene Wenger is hoping his team can continue their momentum from the Premier League which has seen them win four games on the trot, including a convincing 3-0 win over Chelsea in their most-recent encounter.

The Frenchman, however, is aware of Basel's record against English teams in England, which has seen them beat Manchester United, Chelsea and force a draw with Liverpool in recent seasons.

Theo Walcott
Arsenal impressed against Chelsea at weekend Getty Images

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's coverage of the latest night of Champions League action.

Arsenal, Celtic, Manchester City and others are set to entertain us this evening and we'll be keeping on top of all the main talking points from around Europe. Stay tuned, too, and we'll bring you the all-important team news as soon as it drops.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is hoping to lead his team to three points against Basel Getty Images