Arsenal vs Red Star Belgrade Preview


Arsenal left it late to win 1-0 in their third Europa League group game against Red Star Belgrade, with Olivier Giroud scoring a spectacular goal to seal the win.

At the back the Arsenal manager picks a three of Mathieu Debuchy, Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding.

In a ferocious atmosphere at the Stadion Rajko Mitic, in front of 50,000 fans, Arsenal made it three wins out of three in Europa League Group H.

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. Richmond Boakye met a cross as the near post but Petr Cech expertly kept it out.

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Red Star was extremely organized in defense all game, but they also began threatening Arsenal's backline in the second half getting most of the chances. "He came out very quickly on counter-attacks and sometimes when we lost the ball in unexpected ways it was risky, and Petr Cech kept us in the game".

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

And former United star Keane believes Arsenal are struggling to keep up with their Premier League rivals. Milan Rodic was shown what seemed like a harsh second yellow card after going up for a header with Francis Coquelin. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is one of three contenders for the 2017 Puskas Award for Goal of the Year after his sensational Scorpion-Kick goal on the first day of the year but he clearly feels he can do one better. Hopefully then, most of the action will be at the other end and with a strong attack of Walcott and Giroud with Jack Wilshere to create chances we should have plenty of potency up front.

The Gunners have won both their group games in the competition so far and boss Arsene Wenger will want the record maintaining in Serbia tonight.