Arsenal lost the first leg of the round of 1/16 Europa League
England team lost 0-1 on Bate Borisov’s field in the evening of February 14th.
The only goal of the match was made in the 45th minute, when Stanislav Dragun turned high and hit the top of Arsenal’s net. Despite holding the ball 77%, launching 16 shots – nearly three times Bate Borisov and enjoying 12 corners – compared to the opponent’s 3, Arsenal had no way to score in the cold evening on the barren ground. in Belarus. At the end of the match, they lost Alexandre Lacazette because the red card was directly played by Aleksandar Filipovic.
This is not a disaster for Arsenal, because they have a return match in midweek at Emirates Stadium. But this result continues to show their recent instability – especially when away from home – under Unai Emery. In the final match of the group stage with FK Qarabag in December 2018, Arsenal also achieved unbeaten performance in all competitions to 22. But since then, they have lost 6 in 13 matches and have been eliminated from the two. National Cup arena.
The Europa League is the only chance to bring the title to Arsenal this season. So coach Emery is very cautious, launching a strong squad with only two adjustments compared to the Huddersfield victory in the Premier League last weekend. The team then started overwhelmingly, and almost opened the score in the 90th minute if Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s close-range shot was not blocked by Denis Scherbitski. Scherbitski a few minutes later used the finger tips of Alex Iwobi. In the 21st minute, in an unaccompanied position, Lacazette hit his head with a bar.
Unable to take advantage of opportunities, Arsenal accidentally created for Bate Borisov comfortable psychology. The home side – playing their first official match after about two months due to a domestic league break – is slowly organizing a series of sharp balls, inspired by captain Igor Stasevich. It was the Belarus midfielder who made a free-kick from the right to drag Dragun high, overcoming the tutelage of Sead Kolasinac, knocking his head down and goalkeeper Petr Cech.
After the break Emery coach launched a new striker to recover from injury Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the new recruit recruited in January Denis Suarez entered the field. But the situation has not improved. The connection between the routes is very weak, while there are too many wrong passes and unknown purposes. This match, only three times the Arsenal players hit the ball. On BT Sports, former midfielder Martin Keown said this was probably Arsenal’s worst performance under Emery.
BATE (4-3-3): Scherbitski; Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Baga, Dragun, Hleb (Berezkin 58 ‘); Milic (Dubajic 69 ‘), Skavysh (Moukam 80’), Stasevich.
Reserves are not used: Chichkan, Yablonski, Simovic, Bessmertny
ARSENAL (3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles (Aubameyang 68 ‘), Guendouzi, Xhaka (Torreira 69’), Kolasinac (Suarez 74) ‘; Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette.
Subscriptions not used: Leno, Elneny, Lichtsteiner Nketiah.