Arsenal suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat against BATE Borisov on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League knockout stage match in Belarus.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasted a chance to put Arsenal into the lead after just 90 seconds when he saw his close-range effort saved by goalkeeper
Despite having the majority of possession, it was actually BATE Borisov who, playing their first competitive game in two months, scored the opening goal of the game when midfielder Stanislaw Drahun rose the highest from a free-kick to put the hosts into a shock lead right on the stroke half-time.
Starting XI: Scherbitski (7), Rios (4), Volkov (6),
Minimum three windows before judging Emery, please. He just needs time and support to beat BATE Borisov with a full-strength team.
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) February 14, 2019
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Arsenal fans might be getting all teary-eyed every time they see
Starting XI: Cech (5), Mustafi (5), Koscielny (5), Monreal (6); Maitland-Niles (6), Xhaka (5), Guendouzi (3), Kolasinac (8);
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WORST PLAYER – Thursday evening was the perfect chance for teenager
If Guendouzi has to work on one thing (and there a few things he can work on) it has to be stop looking for calls. It takes him out of the game.
— You Are My Arsenal (@YouAreMyArsenal) February 14, 2019
Guendouzi wasn’t ready hasn’t been ready and still isn’t ready for this level yet. Xhaka and Torriera have no idea where to be when he’s about.
Iwobi makes 1 good pass a game inside the full back and that’s his free pass.
We have no midfield, no creativity, no shape.
— Woz ⚽️ (@wozthegooner) February 14, 2019
Guendouzi being picked over Torreria again. I swear we went through this at the beginning of the season…
— TikiTakaConnor (@TikiTakaConnor) February 14, 2019
Guendouzi has been absolutely awful.
— Matthew Burford (@MatthewBurford) February 14, 2019
The Gunners don’t play against before they welcome BATE to north London for the return leg of their Europa League knockout stage match next week following their exit from the FA Cup and they won’t be able to rest players even though Southampton visit the Emirates just days later.