Gunners stutter in Ajax draw
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger's side lacked any sort of spark against a stubborn Ajax side whose emphasis was on defence but still managed to create the best of the few chances there were in the Amsterdam ArenA.
Ajax skipper Cristian Chivu had by far the best effort of a drab first 45 minutes with his superbly struck free-kick was headed off the line by the retreating Ashley Cole with David Seaman nowhere.
Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a great chance to open the scoring six minutes after the restart as the Dutch side opted for a more attacking approach to the game.
Ibrahimovic looked odds-on to score from six yards out but for Lauren's desperate lunge to deflect the ball over for a corner.
Arsenal looked woefully short of ideas and Ajax were comfortable in defence, although showed little ambition themselves and seemed to settle for a point as the game fizzled out for a goalless draw.
A by far more exciting encounter came at the Mestalla as Roma came away with a shock 3-0 win against the Spanish champions.
Francesco Totti grabbed a quick brace before the half-hour, mainly against the run of play, and Emerson notched the third on the break six minutes later to further shock the home fans.
The struggling Italians were bottom of the group without a point before the game but stood firm against the waves of Valencia pressure to record a memorable win and blow the group wide open by moving to within two points of Valencia, and only three points behind Ajax and Arsenal.