Official Arsenal XI and Red Star Belgrade preview

Arsenal played a back line of Rob Holding, Mohamed Elneny, and Mathieu Debuchy (he's still on the team?) along with three youth team players Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Joseph Willock.

Arsenal just about escaped with all three points in their Group H clash away to Red Star Belgrade.

However, they are without a number of first team stars including Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez while Chuba Akpom is the most recognisable name among Arsene Wenger's subs. Arsenal struggled in the first half to put much of anything together.

Theo Walcott had two early chances as Arsenal dominated in the early periods of the game but he was unable to convert them.

Referee Benoit Bastien instead awarded a contentious corner, from which the Ghanaian hit the crossbar with a free header, further compounding his angst.

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Arsenal improved in the second half which wasn't hard given how poor they were in the first.

Arsenal's next Europa league game is on November 2nd at the Emirates again against Red Star.

Starting 30 yards from goal, Wilshere burst past two men before feeding Walcott and flicking a brilliant return to the winger, who nodded across the six-yard box, where Giroud turned and picked out the top corner over his shoulder, providing a satisfying aftertaste to another otherwise bland display, a trip to another out-of-sorts side, Everton, on Sunday will require greater gumption. Milan Rodic was shown what seemed like a harsh second yellow card after going up for a header with Francis Coquelin.

Walcott and Wilshere grew stronger later in the game.

Speaking ahead of the game, Owen made a prediction about Lacazette saying: "Neither side has been convincing this term but Arsene Wenger's side remain blessed with a wealth of attacking options in the final third and their new talisman Alexander Lacazette is fancied to score on his debut at Goodison".

  • Tabitha Byrd