Alexandre Lacazette's first-half goal handed Arsenal a 1-0 win over FK Qarabag in Europa League Group E action on Thursday, December 13, to further extend their unbeaten run to 22 games.
The Group E encounter saw about 21,000 fans turned up to watch an Arsenal side not at their best as Alexandre Lacazette’s 16th minute strike was one of the only goal chances all though the game.
Arsenal came into the contest with a place in the last 32 already guaranteed ahead of kick-off as Unai Emery fielded an experimental Arsenal team that struggled against the Azerbaijani champions all though the evening.
The two major changes in the night was the return of Frenchman Laurent Koscielny after seven months months out with injury and Mesut Ozil for his first game in a month.
Debutant Bukayo Saka had a curled a deflected shot on target, but Qarabag goalkeeper Vagner was at his best to push aside, but that was just the few chance the Gunners created in the first stanza.
The away side had an opportunity of score on the hour mark but Wilde-Donald Guerrier headed over the bar cross bar.
Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson came close to double the advantage with a close-range shot but it was blocked in front of goal by Qarabag defenders.
With quarter of an hour left on the clock Emery replaced Koscielny, who was on top of his game and had a 100% pass-completion.
The home side had another chance to double their lead in the 88th minute, but Vagner's face.ensured Saka could not score.
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At the blast of the final whistle the score board read Arsenal 1-0 Qarabag.
The result saw the Azerbaijani outfit finish last in the group, after winning just one match during the group-phrase to bow out if the season's Europa League campaign
Portuguese side Sporting CP, after defeating Vorskla, in the other game finished in second spot.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously had reported that Arsenal on Saturday, December 8, continued with their impressive performance this season in the Premier League beating Huddersfield Town 1-0 at the Emirates.
But the Gunners had to wait till the death to score their winning goal in what was a tough Premier League game for the North London club.
Arsenal started the match impressively in front of their faithfuls, and it took them just only three minutes to have the chance of scoring.