Europa League - Group H
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Crvena Zvezda 0-1 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in eight goals in his past eight European starts for Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said his side showed their character as they continued their perfect start to the Europa League with a 1-0 victory at 10-man Crvena Zvezda in Serbia.

Olivier Giroud's spectacular overhead kick late on made it three wins from three for Arsenal in Group H.

They are top of the standings, five points ahead of BATE Borisov.

"I think what is remarkable is the spirit that we have shown and fighting together," said Wenger.

"We didn't give up and wanted absolutely to score."

Arsenal give ideal response to Deeney dig

Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once again gave youngsters such as Reiss Nelson a chance to impress

The character of Arsenal's players was questioned when they let slip a lead to lose 2-1 at Watford on Saturday, with Hornets striker Troy Deeney saying the Gunners lacked "cojones".

Wenger admitted prior to the game the comment hit a nerve, but backed his players to respond with a strong performance in Serbia.

There are few stadiums more intimidating than the Marakana, home of Crvena Zvezda, commonly known as Red Star Belgrade.

The feverish atmosphere produced by the 50,000-plus home fans promised to test Arsenal's character to the full.

It would have been easy for the visitors to wilt but they kept their nerve to produce a professional away performance.

It was far from a comfortable win, however, with goalkeeper Petr Cech making two good saves, first denying Nemanja Radonjic at close range before keeping out Nenad Krsticic's header.

Wenger said: "It was a very difficult game with high intensity in a very heated and supportive atmosphere for the local team and we kept going and trying to win. So did they in fairness.

"We played against a good team who were always dangerous on the counter-attack."

Wilshere makes his case again

As he has done previously in this competition, Wenger gave a number of the club's youngsters a chance to impress, but it was one of the Gunners' elder statesmen who was hoping to catch the Arsenal manager's eye.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is trying to rediscover his best form after a series of injuries, made his third start of the campaign.

He is yet to play a minute of Premier League football this season but has impressed in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

And another convincing display on Thursday must surely push him to the front of Wenger's mind before Sunday's Premier League game at Everton.

Wilshere often had little room to manoeuvre but he remained a lively presence and on the few occasions Arsenal did attack, he was involved.

It was therefore no surprise he was the architect of their breakthrough. The midfielder lost his marker with a pirouette on the edge of the area before clipping the ball to Theo Walcott, who headed across goal for Giroud.

"He will get a chance in the Premier League," said Wenger.

"I think at the moment it's going like that. He got a big kick in the first half on his ankle but he managed to get through the 90 minutes and games of that intensity will, of course, help him a lot."

Man of the match - Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere
Wilshere punched a hole in the home side's defence with a moment of quality that will only enhance his chances of a first Premier League start of the season

A first since 2015 for Arsenal - the stats

  • Arsenal have won their past four Europa League/Uefa Cup away games, after losing five of the previous six (D1).
  • The Gunners kept their first clean sheet away from home in European competition since beating Olympiakos 3-0 in December 2015.
  • Crvena Zvezda have lost seven times in their past 11 home games in the Europa League/Uefa Cup (W2 D2).
  • Arsenal are only the second English side to win at Crvena Zvezda in European competition (D2 L5). Bolton won there in December 2007 in the Uefa Cup.
  • Walcott has been directly involved in four goals in his past four European appearances for Arsenal (three goals, one assist).
  • Walcott's assist was his 11th for Giroud in all competitions; only Mesut Ozil has provided more assists for the Frenchman (15).

What next?

Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they travel to Everton on Sunday (13:30 BST).

Their next Europa League group game is on Thursday, 2 November, when they welcome Crvena Zvezda to Emirates Stadium (20:05 BST).

Line-ups

Red Star Belgrade

  • 82BorjanBooked at 86mins
  • 30Stojkovic
  • 90SavicSubstituted forBabicat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Le TallecBooked at 63mins
  • 23RodicBooked at 80mins
  • 55SrnicSubstituted forGobeljicat 83'minutes
  • 8Kanga
  • 20Donald
  • 7Krsticic
  • 49Radonjic
  • 14BoakyeBooked at 60minsSubstituted forPesicat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Racic
  • 10Milijas
  • 11Adzic
  • 15Babic
  • 27Supic
  • 45Pesic
  • 77Gobeljic

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 2Debuchy
  • 35El Neny
  • 16Holding
  • 61NelsonBooked at 90mins
  • 34CoquelinBooked at 64minsSubstituted forSheafat 89'minutes
  • 69WillockSubstituted forMcGuaneat 89'minutes
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 14Walcott
  • 10Wilshere
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 3Osei-Tutu
  • 32Akpom
  • 43Da Silva
  • 54Macey
  • 58McGuane
  • 62Nketiah
  • 65Sheaf
Referee:
Benoit Bastien
Attendance:
50,327

Match Stats

Home TeamRed Star BelgradeAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crvena Zvezda 0, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crvena Zvezda 0, Arsenal 1.

Foul by Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).

Guélor Kanga (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).

Guélor Kanga (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Srdjan Babic (Crvena Zvezda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Srdjan Babic (Crvena Zvezda).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Ben Sheaf replaces Francis Coquelin because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Marcus McGuane replaces Joe Willock.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Guélor Kanga (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Pesic.

Booking

Milan Borjan (Crvena Zvezda) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Crvena Zvezda 0, Arsenal 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Marko Gobeljic replaces Slavoljub Srnic.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Milan Rodic (Crvena Zvezda) for a bad foul.

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Rodic (Crvena Zvezda).

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Aleksandar Pesic replaces Richmond Boakye.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Damien Le Tallec.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Milan Rodic (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Mitchell Donald (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nenad Krsticic.

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

Richmond Boakye (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Milan Rodic.

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Srdjan Babic replaces Vujadin Savic because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Vujadin Savic (Crvena Zvezda) because of an injury.

Booking

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

Slavoljub Srnic (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Damien Le Tallec (Crvena Zvezda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

A

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2Villarreal31205325
3FC Astana31116424
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv301205-51

B

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1Dynamo Kiev32108537
2Young Boys30304403
3Partizan Belgrade302134-12
4Skenderbeu302124-22

C

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1Ludogorets32104137
2Sporting Braga32014406
3Hoffenheim31025503
4Istanbul Basaksehir301225-31

D

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1AC Milan32108357
2AEK Athens31204315
3HNK Rijeka31026603
4Austria Vienna3012410-61

E

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1Atalanta32107257
2Lyon31204315
3Apollon Limassol302146-22
4Everton301237-41

F

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1Lokomotiv Moscow31204135
2FC Copenhagen30301103
3Sheriff Tiraspol30301103
4Zlín302114-32

G

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1Steaua Bucharest33007259
2Viktoria Plzen310257-23
3Lugano310256-13
4Hapoel Be'er Sheva310246-23

H

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1Arsenal33008359
2BATE Borisov311145-14
3Red Star Belgrade31112204
4Köln300315-40

I

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1RB Salzburg32104137
2Marseille32013216
3Konyaspor310224-23
4Vitória Guimarães301235-21

J

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1Östersunds FK32105237
2Zorya Luhansk32013306
3Ath Bilbao302123-12
4Hertha Berlin301213-21

K

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1Lazio33008359
2Nice32019456
3Vitesse301237-41
4SV Zulte Waregem301228-61

L

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2Real Sociedad320111386
3Rosenborg310248-43
4Vardar3003114-130
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