Draw 2-2 at Standard Liege Stadium on 12/12, Arsenal won tickets to the round of 16 of the Europa League as the first group of Group F.
Goalscored: Bastien 47 ‘, Amallah 69’ – Lacazette 78 ‘, Saka 81’.
Arsenal’s next door, in theory, is huge because they are three points ahead of Standard Liege and beat their rivals Belgium 4-0 in the first leg. It is the tournament that first and foremost, when the two teams are equal, makes Arsenal play somewhat subjective. It was not until two goals were lost that the visitors came to their senses and created great opportunities.
Coach Freddie Ljungberg launched the squad with mostly young talents in the midfield and striker, not counting Alexander Lacazette. In defense, Konstantinos Mavropanos first kick, under the guidance of two elder David Luiz and Sokratis. In the first half, the match and the most dangerous situations belonged to Arsenal. But neither Emile Smith-Rowe nor Bukayo Saka can score.
Arsenal will be eliminated if they lose 0-5 and the match result is the same. The match was nearly 20 minutes and coach Ljungberg decided to play the duo instead of keeping the score. He threw striker Martinelli in the field after losing the second goal. Arsenal pushed the home side down and reduced the score to 1-2 in the 78th minute. Saka crossed the ball well for Lacazette to head in from close range.
Just three minutes later, Saka equalized in the astonishment of the Liege defense. Arsenal midfielder went the ball from the left wing into the middle, before shooting into the far corner to eliminate goalkeeper Bodart.
Saka’s goal accidentally engulfed Liege’s ambition. Because in the match at the same time, Frankfurt lost to Guimaraes 2-3. Coach Preud’homme, upon hearing the news, urged the students to rush in at extra time. Liege just needs to win against Arsenal with any score to go on. But the Belgian representative could not score an extra goal in two minutes of injury time. Draw 2-2 with Arsenal, Liege was eliminated because of the second table Frankfurt a point.
Arsenal went on to the first place in Group F. Ljungberg was relieved that the team escaped, but he probably did not remain in the position as a temporary coach, because the British press reported that Arsenal had contacted Carlo Ancelotti – the new person was sacked Napoli.