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Red Star Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal

  • Olivier Giroud's stunning effort hands Arsenal 1-0 win against Red Star Belgrade.
  • Both teams played out a rather tepid affair that never looked like bursting into life.
  • Milan Rodic was shown a red card late in the second half after catching Frances Coquelin with his arm.
  • Arsenal capitalised on their man advantage as Giroud finished a well-worked effort created by Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.
Olivier Giroud
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19:56

Full-time: Red Star Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal.

A stunner from Giroud settles it for the Gunners, who have one foot in the knockout stages. Nothing else to report from that dreadful, dreadful match.

19:54

Arsenal work the ball well down the right hand side. Nelson finds Sheaf in the box but the latter just can't sort his feet out.

19:53

Five minutes of time added on. No justice.

19:51

Arsenal makes two late changes - Willock is replaced by McGuane, Coquelin off for Sheaf.

19:50

Belgrade try to immediately respond but Kanga makes a hash of his shot from outside the area. The Serbs may feel hard done by with regards to the red card, but the finish from Giroud was simply sublime.

19:49

A simply stunning goal from Arsenal!

Wilshere jinks his way past a couple of challenges and finds Walcott who returns the favour and darts into the box. Wilshere finds Walcott again, who heads down for Giroud, who manouevres his body magnificently to find clip the fall delightfully over the helpless Borjan.

We deserved that.

19:45

GOAL! Red Star Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal (Giroud)

19:43

RED CARD!

Red Star's Rodic sees red after catching Coquelin with an elbow.

Replays show the second yellow to be a tad harsh, but Arsenal won't mind. Can the 10 men of Belgrade hold on as we enter the last 10 minutes of the match?

19:41

A change for Red Star Belgrade - the first of the night for either side - as Pesic replaces Boakye.

19:35

Arsenal finally create some sort of chance from a corner. Wilshere's low cross finds Giroud, who volleys the ball high a wide of Borjan's goal.

19:30

More Arsenal set-pieces, more nothingness to fill the bleak void of quality in this game.

Radonjic runs at Elneny and gets the better of the Egyptian, but his shot is held easily by Cech.

19:25

Le Tallec the next Belgrade man to go in the book for a late challenge on Wilshere. Arsenal have a free-kick about 25 yards out. It looks like Nelson will strike at goal.

It hits the wall. Because of course it does.

19:23

Didn't think the second half could be worse than the first period, but it's certainly shaping up to be like that.

Boakye goes in the book for a late challenge and concedes another Arsenal free-kick. Which comes to nothing. Again.

19:17

Another free-kick for Arsenal, to be taken Wilshere.

The ball is lofted in, and headed away. Drat.

19:15

Red Star threaten through Radonjic, who had a good chance to score in the first half. He tests Cech again, but the Arsenal 'keeper manages to hold onto the ball.

19:12

Nelson carves himself a chance after dispossessing a Belgrade player in their own box. His shot is parried away by Borjan, and nothing comes of the corner.

19:10

First chance of the second half goes to Arsenal. A darting run from Wilshere hands Willock a chance, he turns and lays the ball off to Walcott, whose scuffed short deflects off Giroud and loops high into the arms of Borjan.

19:07

Back under way at the Marakana, Red Star getting things going.

18:49

Half-time: Red Star Belgrade 0-0 Arsenal.

Walcott had a shot, so did Radonjic. Apart from that, nothing.

Jack Wilshere
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18:47

Two minutes of stoppage time until we are blessed with the sweet release of the interval.

18:45

Not long to go until half-time, but Arsenal do have a free-kick right outside the area.

Walcott whips, Borjan flaps, and it goes for a corner, which comes to nothing, quelle surprise.

18:41

Belgrade LOVE a lofted ball into the right-hand channel. Can't get enough.

They've just tried it against but Maitland-Niles manages to nod back to Cech.

18:39

Nothing's going on at the moment. Debuchy had a shot from about 3,000 yards, but that's it.

18:34

Cech is called into action as Radonjic snaps a low shot at goal. The Cezch beats it away but needs the help of Nelson to fully clear the danger.

Walcott tries to spring an immediate counter-attack but is hauled down and is now receiving treatment.