Full-time: Arsenal 0-0 Red Star Belgrade

  • Arsenal seal their spot in the last 32 of the Europa League despite being held to a dull goalless draw by Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates Stadium
  • Point enough to secure progress from Group H with two matches to spare courtesy of Cologne's 5-2 win over BATE Borisov
  • Olivier Giroud misses a few chances and Jack Wilshere's second-half effort is acrobatically cleared off the line by Damien Le Tallec
  • Red Star striker Richmond Boakye fails to hit the target with a great chance in each half and Matt Macey makes an excellent save to deny Vujadin Savic
  • Arsene Wenger continues his rotation policy in the cup competitions ahead of Premier League trip to Manchester City on Sunday
  • Recap: Lyon 3-0 Everton
Jack Wilshere

That's all from me for tonight folks, thanks for following along. IBTimes UK will be back at the weekend to bring you live coverage of an intriguing slate of high-profile Premier League games that includes West Ham vs Liverpool, Manchester City vs Arsenal and Chelsea vs Manchester United.

Until then, it's goodbye.



A smattering of boos from the few fans that made it to the end of that mostly tedious 90 minutes.

No fourth consecutive win and not a game that will live long in the memory, but job done as far as Arsenal are concerned. Cologne's 5-2 win over BATE Borisov in Germany means they are through to the last 32 with two matches to spare.



Arsenal 0-0 Red Star Belgrade


Borjan clears with his head as Arsenal apply some late pressure. Nketiah overhits his cross after a decent bit of skill and Donald hacks clear after Giroud nods down Nelson's ball in.


Nelson's deep cross is kept alive by Nketiah and Giroud. Coquelin then botches a hopeless strike from distance.

That just about sums up this game.


Aleksandar Pesic for Radonjic is Milojevic's final substitution.

Four minutes of added time have been signalled by the fourth official.


Red Star send on Uros Racic in place of Srnic. Less than five minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

Can Arsenal dig deep to find another late winner?

Arsene Wenger


Wilshere, who missed out on a place in the England squad for upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil, falls down in some discomfort after a tackle from behind by Krsticic.

Stojkovic now receiving treatment for cramp. The stretcher is prematurely brought on but certainly will not be needed.


I don't think that any watching scouts will be enjoying what they are seeing from Boakye.

Red Star exploit the space vacated by an injured Debuchy, but their leading striker declines to fire across goal and again misses the target with a left-footed shot to the near post.


Walcott fails to execute a difficult half-volley on the turn after Giroud and Elneny combine nicely from a Nelson throw-in.

The Gunners skipper is then flagged for offside as Nketiah forces a save from Borjan. It wouldn't have counted anyway.


Wilshere picks out Walcott with a cross, but the latter is unable to steer his tame header on target.


Holding in action again as he heads clear Krsticic's right-wing cross after a short corner from Red Star conceded by Elneny.


Holding catches Srnic with his arm during an aerial duel and promptly receives the first yellow card of the game.


Nemanja Milic for Kanga is Milojevic's first change of the evening.

The Gabon international is furious with the decision and lets his manager know about it.


Giroud is harshly penalised for a perfectly good header and Wenger looks to his bench for the first time with 68 minutes on the clock.

18-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah, the hero of that extra-time Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Norwich, replaces Willock.


Maitland-Niles displays impressive strength to hold off Savic after Stojkovic had just about dispossessed Wilshere, whose subsequent goal-bound strike is acrobatically cleared off the line by Le Tallec.

Stunning defending.

Jack Wilshere


Sounds like a crazy affair in Cologne, where the hosts, who went 1-0 up before trailing 2-1, have scored twice to lead BATE Borisov 3-2.


Wilshere leads a couple of quickfire Arsenal penalty appeals following a challenge from Srnic and an apparent handball from Savic.

Both are denied by referee Banti. The second looked debatable, it must be said.


Willock receives possession from the increasingly influential Wilshere and draws the wrath of Walcott after trying to go it alone and not succeeding.


Nelson is stopped in his tracks by a quite brilliant well-timed sliding challenge from Savic.

At the other end, Srnic delivers another pinpoint low cross. However, Boakye is flagged for offside.

Reiss Nelson


Giroud gets up highest from the subsequent corner but Le Tallec is there to head clear.


Much more purpose and intensity about Arsenal now as an early ball to Giroud is diverted behind by Le Tallec.


Kanga sends a low pass out to Srnic, whose meek drive is easily gathered by Macey.