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Arsenal stars sweep aside Sevilla

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  • Arsenal launch Champions League bid with 3-0 home victory over Sevilla
  • Robin van Persie and substitute Eduardo sealed victory after an own goal
  • Salvia Prague defeat Steaua Bucharest in the night's other Group H game
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LONDON, England -- Arsenal turned on the style to launch their Champions League campaign with an emphatic 3-0 home victory over Spanish hopes Sevilla at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

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Van Persie celebrates as Arsenal launch their Champions League campaign in style with a 3-0 win over Sevilla.

Arsene Wenger's young Gunners, top of the Premier League with four wins from five games, continued to show few signs of missing Thierry Henry as Robin van Persie and substitute Eduardo sealed victory.

"We are playing football from a different world at the moment. It's nothing to do with age, it's about quality," Dutch striker Van Persie told Sky Sports.

Wenger added: "We were maybe a bit lucky with the first goal but after that we were in complete control.

"There's belief there, a good understanding - and I want to take care of that.

"You can always improve every area but if the attitude is right and the players want to improve you always have a chance to become better."

An own goal from Julien Escude, deflecting in Cesc Fabregas' shot on 27 minutes, set Arsenal on their way against Group H rivals whose coach Juande Ramos is widely reported to be a target for north London rivals Tottenham.

Wenger's decision to allow French striker Henry to leave for Barcelona has left the way clear for Van Persie who stung the hands of goalkeeper Andres Palop with a fierce drive from the edge of the box early on.

Arsenal led when Fabregas took control on the right and struck a shot across the penalty area, the ball flying off Escude and past the wrong-footed Palop.

The north London side were forced into a change early in the second half when Tomas Rosicky went off injured -- but they soon doubled their advantage.

As the hour mark approached, Arsenal were awarded a free-kick.The delivery from Fabregas into the six-yard box was flicked on by Bacary Sagna -- and Van Persie arrived on cue at the far post to smash the ball home from close range.

Arsenal still needed to be alert to the quick counter-attacks from the Spaniards, but the 2006 Champions League finalists had a sting in the tail when substitute Eduardo -- the man bought following the sale of Henry -- swept home from close range after a neat exchange between Alexander Hleb and Fabregas.

In Wednesday's other group game Senkerik (13) and Belaid (63) were on target in Slavia Prague's 2-1 home victory over Romania's Steaua Bucharest whose only reply came from Goian after 33 minutes. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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