@Alex_Hams

Tonight proved to be a successful one for English football, with both Arsenal and Chelsea securing spots in the Champions League knockout stages, joining Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Blues enjoyed perhaps the more relaxed of the two sides’ evenings with a routine 1-0 home win over Steaua Bucharest, which was enough to see them top Group E. Demba Ba’s prodded effort in the 11th minute ultimately proved to be the decisive moment, although the Senegalese forward had other chances to make the game much more comfortable for Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal were made to sweat for their route into the last 16, with defeat at the hands of Napoli only enough thanks to their superior goal difference. Gonzalo Higuain – a target for Arsene Wenger’s side over the summer – netted the opening goal with just over 15 minutes to play before Jose Callejon almost set a barnstorming finish with an injury time effort after Arsenal were reduced to 10 men as Mikel Arteta received a second yellow card. The Italians’ efforts were eventually in vain with Dortmund topping the group thanks to a 2-1 victory over Marseille – who ended their six games with zero points.

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