Arsenal fans can breathe a little easier.
The Gunners were down a goal at halftime, but scored twice and Wojciech Szczesny saved a second half penalty kick by Antonio Di Natale as Arsenal lived to see another day in the 2011-2012 Champions League season, with a 2-1 victory over Udinese at Stadio Friuli on Wednesday night.
Embattled manager Arsene Wenger got the inspired performance that he was hoping for as the Gunners prevailed 3-1 on aggregate and perhaps set up a chance to land some promising players with the transfer deadline on the way and some additional funds to work with.
Di Natale scored in the 39th minute off a fine header, giving Udinese a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. But the Gunners came storming back, with goals by Robin van Persie in the 55th minute off a brilliant assist by Gervinho, and Theo Walcott's open-field score in the 69th minute.
However, it was Szczesny's penalty save in the 59th minute that was perhaps the best play of the match.
Arsenal ran down the clock and almost scored a third goal late in the match when van Persie and substitute back Armand Traore both shot straight at Samir Handanovic.
Take a look at the highlights.