Antonio Di Natale and company did all they could on Wednesday night in Fruili, but Arsenal were just too good for Udinese in the second half. After 180 minutes, the Gunners are through to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-1 aggregate win, sending Udinese down to the UEFA Europa League. Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring and gave the Zebrette hope, but the Gunners brought their best in the final 45 minute period, scoring twice to win the tie.
The first half began with an offensive onslaught from Arsenal, eventually resulting in a 55th minute goal. Gervinho provided a fantastic assist for Robin van Persie, dribbling along the endline before cutting the ball back to the Dutch international striker, who finished well.
Just three minutes later, it appeared that Udinese were going to be back into the series. Thanks to a handball in the box by Thomas Vermaelen, Udinese were granted a penalty in the 58th minute. The clinical finishing Di Natale stepped up and hit a decent penalty high and to Wojciech Szczęsny's right, but the keeper made an absolutely phenomenal save.
From then on, Arsenal were very much in control of the match. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, that save by Szczęsny absolutely sunk Udinese emotionally while giving Arsenal a massive lift. Theo Walcott would finish the game off with a breakaway goal in the 69th minute, but if it weren't for the brilliance of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, Arsenal could have very easily scored four or five times. They were brilliant throughout the second half, and will deservedly progress to the next round.