What the papers say: RvP penalty gives Arsenal slender advantage over Roma

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The Sun - Van Hero!
ARSENE WENGER cursed Arsenal’s shocking finishing as Roma wriggled off the Champions League hook last night. 

The Daily Mirror - Robin Van Persie penalty gives Gunners advantage
Arsenal gave themselves a slender 1-0 advantage to take to Rome after a first-half penalty from Robin van Persie in last night's Champions League clash at Emirates Stadium.

The Daily Mail - Van Persie fires Gunners to victory but golden chance goes begging
Arsene Wenger spoke of a Golden Era, but first the Golden Opportunity. Arsenal certainly missed their calling at the Emirates, settling for a slender advantage against Roma when it should have been more.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE kept his cool to ensure Arsenal completed the first half of their Italian Job and go to Rome in a fortnight’s time hungrily eyeing a quarter-final place.

ROBIN Van Persie’s penalty fuelled Arsenal’s Champions League hopes last night. The Dutchman scored from the spot in the 37th minute to ease the Gunners’ nerves.

The Times - Robin van Persie gives Arsenal slender advantage
At times during a turbulent campaign, Arsenal’s hopes of ending the season in the Champions League final in Rome had seemed to rest with Arsène Wenger prostrating himself before the Pope and asking for a miracle, but at least they will travel to the Italian capital in a fortnight very much in the tournament. Their dream will be alive in the Eternal City. 

The IndependentVan Persie spot on to rock Roma
A night when the stars aligned for Arsenal, when all the trickery and precocity clicked into place, when talk of a golden generation was not, perhaps, so far fetched, when Van proved he could be "The Man". And when, Emmanuel Eboué finally showed why Arsène Wenger has so much faith in him, when Samir Nasri looked like a rare talent and Denilson a dominant midfielder. If only Arsenal – and Nicklas Bendtner in particular – could finish.

The Telegraph - Arsene Wenger confident despite missed chances
Arsene Wenger was left ruing Arsenal's profligacy on Tuesday night, but expressed confidence that Robin van Persie's first-half penalty would be enough to ensure the club's progression to a third Champions League quarter-final in four years.

The Guardian - Arsenal's novel nine-man approach adds to Wenger's grey hairs
Arsène Wenger's legendary myopia makes it impossible for him to blame his team for any deficiencies but last night he could find no excuse for the fact that his team began the second half of their 1–0 win over Roma with only nine men. As the game restarted, the central defensive pairing of Kolo Touré and William Gallas were nowhere to be seen.

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