Arsenal were held by an inspired Red Star Belgrade side as it was a frustrating night at the Emirates for Arsene Wenger’s men. Both the sides couldn’t break the deadlock as it was a 0-0 draw that ensures Arsenal a place in the Knock out stage.
Setting the Scene:
A win would have guaranteed Arsenal a place in the last 32 of the Europa League while the Serbian club needed something to keep themselves afloat in the group. The Gunners won in Belgrade thanks to a stunning late goal by Olivier Giroud.
Arsene Wenger opted a young squad as most of the reserve players started. Matt Macey made his European debut while Eddie Nketiah started from the bench.
Red Star started with their usual side and Richmond Boakye led their line while midfielder Kanga started the game as well.
Arsenal started sloppily in the early exchanges and the visitors had a couple of good chances. Gunners had the possession but not many creativity in the field. It was Crvena Zvezda who again threatened to score through Savic, whose shot was terrifically saved by Matt Macey. Arsenal were lacking conviction and couldn’t get a clear opportunity while Richmond Boakye a glorious opportunity to give the visitors the lead a minute before the break.
In the second half, Arsenal dominated possession but couldn’t break the Serbian defense. Wilshere’s shot was acrobatically saved from the line by Le Tallec and the hosts were denied two penalty appeals as well. Boakye squandered another massive opportunity to give the visitors the lead ten minutes from time as he hit his shot wide. It was not to be in the end for the Gunners as they shared the spoils against a buoyant Red Star side.
Arsenal: Macey; Debuchy, Elneny, Holding; Maitland Niles, Nelson, Coquelin, Willock; Wishere, Walcott; Giroud
Red Star: Borjan; Stojkovic, Savic, Le Tallec, Gobeljic; Donald, Krsticic; Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic; Boakye
Enjoy the goal of Giroud from the last encounter between these two teams-