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66'
E. Smith Rowe
A. Maitland-Niles
4 - 1
47'
K. Kitagawa
Goal
3 - 1
44'
E. Nketiah
Goal
3 - 0
17'
Pablo Marí
R. Nelson
2 - 0
10'
A. Lacazette
Goal
1 - 0

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Possession
70% 29%
8
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 4
Total Passes 619 257
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Arsenal ARS Arsenal 6 6 0 0 20 5 +15 18 W W W W W
2 Molde MOL Molde 6 3 1 2 9 11 -2 10 D W L L W
3 Rapid Wien RAP Rapid Wien 6 2 1 3 11 13 -2 7 D L W W L
4 Dundalk DUN Dundalk 6 0 0 6 8 19 -11 0 L L L L L

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16th Finals

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That brings an end to our coverage of the Europa League fixture between Arsenal and Rapid Vienna at Emirates Stadium. Thank you very much for joining us. Goodbye!  
Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby next time out in the Premier League, before traveling to Dundalk on matchday six of the Europe League. Rapid Vienna, on the other hand, welcome WSG Wattens in the Austrian Bundesliga ahead of a must-win European encounter with Molde.
Following a dominant display from Arsenal, the home side record a 4-1 victory over Rapid Vienna and clinch top spot in Group B. First-half goals from Lacazette, Mari and Nelson saw the Gunners go in at half-time with a three-goal lead. Two minutes after the restart, Kitagawa pulled one back for the visitors, but Smith Rowe secured the win just after the hour mark when he tapped home Maitland-Niles' pass from the left side of the box. 
90' + 3' FULL TIME: ARSENAL 4-1 RAPID VIENNA
90' + 2' Ceballos tries his luck from range, although his shot is fired straight at Strebinger.
90' + 2' CLOSE! The Gunners are confidently knocking the ball around midway inside the Vienna half. Ceballos floats a curling cross into the box from deep, and Balogun lofts his first-time effort over the bar from close range. 
90' There will be three minutes of added time at the end of this match.
90' WIDE! The home side quickly take a short free-kick and the space opens up for the Willian to try his luck from range. After taking a touch, the Brazilian pulls his effort wide to the left of Strebinger’s goal. 
88' The White-Greens are trapped inside their own defensive third at present. Arsenal are relentless in their pursuit of another goal, and are whipping plenty of crosses into the visitors’ box.  
87' Arteta’s side work a short corner, which results in Mari looping a tame header from Pepe’s left-footed cross into the gloves of Strebinger. 
87' Prior to this clash, Arsenal have won both their previous home games against Austrian opponents, with this their first such match since beating Austria Vienna 6-1 in the 1991-92 European Cup. 
85' Willian’s inviting corner from the left somehow evades everybody in the middle. The Gunners recycle possession, before Mari heads Cedric’s cross over the bar from the centre of the box. 
84' There is going to be a brief stoppage in play as Demir is down and in need of treatment. 
83' In the other match in Group B, Molde lead Dundalk 3-0. 
81' OFF THE LINE! Following Ceballos’ saved free-kick, the resulting corner from the right is nodded towards goal by Chambers, and Kara is well placed to hook the ball off the line.  
F. Balogun
E. Nketiah
81' The London club now make their last substitution. Balogun replaces Nketiah. 
80' GOOD EFFORT! Ceballos attempts to float the ball into the top-right corner from the free-kick. His strike beats the wall before being tipped behind for a corner.
M. Sonnleitner
Yellow Card
79' Sonnleitner goes into the book after handling Maitland-Niles' attempted throughball just outside of Vienna’s box. Arsenal have a free-kick in a dangerous central area, which Willian, Pepe and Ceballos are standing over. 
L. Sulzbacher
D. Alar
77' The White-Greens make their fifth and final change of the match as Alar makes way for Sulzbacher. There are 12 minutes of normal time left to play. 
76' Willian goes for goal from the edge of the box, and his shot is palmed away by Strebinger. The flag, however, is up for offside against Maitland-Niles, who appeared to be obstructing the goalkeeper’s view.
75' CHANCE! Schick’s in-swinging corner from the left is met by Greiml. The defender gets up ahead of Chambers, although he is unable to keep his close-range header under the bar.  
74' Arase is caught by Ceballos midway inside the hosts’ half, and the visitors win a free-kick. 
72' One-touch passing between Smith Rowe and Willian opens up the Vienna defence once again. The scorer of the fourth goal finds space down the right, although his cut back for Nketiah is slightly overhit and is gathered by Strebinger.
C. Chambers
S. Mustafi
70' The Gunners make their fourth substitution as Chambers is on in place of Mustafi. 
68' Sonnleitner concedes a corner to the left, but the visitors are able to clear their lines. 
A. Maitland-Niles
Assist
66' Arsenal’s fourth goal was coming, and they finally get the better of Strebinger in this second half. Maitland-Niles found a yard of space down the left side of the penalty area before playing an inch-perfect pass to Smith Rowe, who simply could not miss from close range.    
E. Smith Rowe
Goal
66' GOAL! Arsenal make it four! Pepe picks the ball up in a central position just outside the Vienna box. The attacker sends it over to his left to Maitland-Niles, and he lays it across goal for Smith Rowe to tap into the back of the net. 4-1.
C. Knasmüllner
M. Ritzmaier
65' It is a double change with Knasmullner replacing Ritzmaier.  
E. Kara
K. Kitagawa
65' The away side respond to those Arsenal changes with further alterations of their own. Kitagawa, the goalscorer, comes off for Kara.
E. Smith Rowe
A. Lacazette
63' The last of the Gunners’ three changes sees Smith Rowe enter the fray in place of Lacazette.   
Willian
R. Nelson
63' Nelson is also replaced by Willian. 
Dani Ceballos
Mohamed Elneny
63' In seeking to keep things fresh, Arteta turns to his bench. Elneny makes way for Ceballos. It remains 3-1.
62' ANOTHER MISSED CHANCE! Nketiah and Pepe combine to set the Ivorian away. Despite being on his strong left foot, the winger cuts in field from the left side of the box, allowing Sonnleitner to get back and clear the ball for a corner. 
S. Mustafi
Yellow Card
61' Mustafi picks up a yellow card for dissent following a set-piece situation. 
59' SHOULD BE FOUR! Some clever link-up play on the edge of the visitors’ box results in a deflected shot falling for Maitland-Niles. The midfielder’s close-range strike is kept out by Strebinger, before the Vienna goalkeeper returns to his feet to deny Pepe’s follow-up effort. How did that stay out? 
57' WHAT A SAVE! Pepe drives at Greiml before sending a low cross into the centre of the box. The ball falls kindly for Lacazette, who sees his low, right-footed shot saved brilliantly by Strebinger. That should have been another. 
55' Strebinger takes a little too long to clear the ball and is charged down by Nketiah. The clearance cannons off the attacker before sailing out for a throw-in down the near side. 
54' Lacazette again finds space between the lines and lays a pass into the path of Pepe. The Ivorian spots the run of Nketiah ahead of him, although his throughball runs all the way through to Strebinger.  
52' Cedric plays the ball in field for Pepe, who smartly turns into a yard of space. The winger tries to skip beyond one defender too many, and is eventually dispossessed on the edge of the visitors’ box.  
50' Following a foul from Maitland-Niles on Ritzmaier, Vienna are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous central position. Demir attempts to curl it into the top-left corner, but Runarsson watches it all the way to make a simple save. 
49' After receiving the ball from Demir, Ritzmaier strikes over the top of the Arsenal goal from range. The away side have started the second half brightly. 
K. Kitagawa
Goal
47' GOAL! Vienna pull one back! Kitagawa gets away down the left side of the Arsenal box and sees a left-footed shot palmed away by Runarsson. Arase latches on the rebound and has two close-range efforts blocked on the line, before Kitagawa picks possession up in the centre of the box and fires into the back of the net. 3-1. 
46' We are back underway! Petrescu, the referee, blows his whistle and Vienna get the second half kicked off. 
T. Schick
M. Ullmann
46' It is a double change for the Green-Whites at the break, as Ullmann makes way for Schick.
M. Barać
M. Hofmann
46' The visitors turn to their bench at half-time. Barac comes on for Hofmann. 
Arteta will be hoping that his side continue in much the same fashion after the restart. The London side have been a constant threat down the flanks, with Vienna unable to deal with the movement of Arsenal’s offensive players. Lacazette has ran the game thus far from a deeper position, and he will be crucial if the hosts are to further their lead in the second half. Kuhbauer, meanwhile, will want to see more from his team in the remaining minutes. Kitagawa has looked the liveliest for the Green-Whites, but he was often far too isolated in the first half.
After an entertaining opening half, Arsenal take a three-goal lead in at the break. The home side have been on top since the first whistle, and broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes through Lacazette’s long-range strike. Eight minutes later, the Gunners’ lead was doubled by Mari’s header from Nelson’s corner, before Nketiah put the finishing touches on a fine Arsenal move to make it three on the brink of half-time.
45' + 1' HALF TIME: ARSENAL 3-0 RAPID VIENNA
45' There will be one minute of added time at the end of this half. 
E. Nketiah
Goal
44' GOAL! The Gunners make it three just before the break! Some excellent one-touch passing from Arsenal results in Lacazette pinging an inch-perfect throughball down the left for Pepe. The winger picks out Nelson in the centre of the box, and he tees it up for Nketiah. The Englishman’s first shot from close range is well saved, before he reacts quickly to nod the rebound into the bottom-right corner. 3-0. 
Mohamed Elneny
Yellow Card
42' Arsenal sloppily lose possession following some smart pressing from Hofmann. The defender strides towards the halfway line and attempts to set Kitagawa away in behind the hosts’ defence. Elneny collides with the attacker, brings him down, and is subsequently booked. 
40' There is going to be a brief stoppage in play as Ullmann is down and in need of treatment following that earlier collision with Lacazette. 
M. Ullmann
Yellow Card
39' Lacazette swiftly knocks the ball beyond Ullmann down the right-hand side of the pitch, and is caught late by the defender. The full-back picks up the first yellow card of the match. He can have no complaints with that decision. 
38' Elneny’s loose pass in the centre of the park is picked up by Kitagawa. The attacker looks to drive the away side up the field, although Demir gets in his way and Arsenal are able to regain possession. 
36' Kitagawa drives the Green-Whites forward down the far side of the field before lofting a cross in towards the far post. Cedric takes no chances and nods the ball behind for a corner. The resulting set-piece is easily dealt with. 
34' Lacazette is dropping deep into pockets of space to receive possession. On this occasion, the Frenchman turns into space and pings a well-struck pass forward for Nketiah, but he is unable to take it down and Strebinger gathers the loose ball. 
32' Elneny catches Alar with a late tackle and the away side win a free-kick down the left flank. 
30' JUST WIDE! Mustafi sends the ball down the right for Nelson, who cleverly tees up Maitland-Niles. The midfielder drives from midway inside his own half to the visitors’ box, skips inside of Greiml, and bends the ball wide of the far post. 
28' Demir has a go from range, but he sends Vienna’s first shot of the game over the top of Runarsson’s goal. 
27' OFF THE POST! Arteta’s side again attack down the right flank through Cedric, who cleverly finds Nelson inside the Vienna box. The winger takes a touch before picking out Lacazette on the edge of the penalty area, and he curls a right-footed strike off the far post. 
26' After some neat build-up play down the right-hand side, Cedric opens up his body and swings a dangerous cross into the visitors’ penalty area. Nketiah makes a good run across the near post, but Hofmann tracks him all the way to clear the threat. 
25' The Green-Whites press the hosts high up the field, and Elneny overhits a simple pass for Cedric out for a throw-in. 
23' Having won all four of their group stage games thus far in this season’s Europa League, Arsenal are looking to win each of their first five matches in a major European competition (excluding qualifiers) for only the second time, having last done so in the 2005-06 Champions League. They went on to reach that competition’s final in that season. 
21' Strebinger launches a pass deep into the Arsenal half for Alar to attack. The referee’s assistant, however, has his flag up for offside against the striker.  
20' ALMOST! Nelson and Cedric combine down the right-hand side of the field. The Portuguese full-back sends a forward pass towards Maitland-Niles, who dummies it after spotting the overlapping Nelson. The winger’s touch is too heavy when through on goal, and Strebinger is able to claim it. 
R. Nelson
Assist
17' This time Arsenal opt to take a direct corner for the first time in the match. Nelson gets a good amount of pace on the delivery, meaning that the faintest of touches was enough to send it goalwards. 
Pablo Marí
Goal
17' GOAL! Arsenal double their lead! The resulting corner is swung into a dangerous area by Nelson, and Mari arrives at the near post after getting away from Ullmann to flick it into the bottom-right corner. Strebinger stood no chance with that header. 2-0. 
16' Lacazette is caught in an advanced position down the left flank by Arase, and Arsenal are awarded a free-kick. Pepe’s in-swinging set-piece is nodded behind for a corner by Ullmann.  
15' Nketiah cleverly wins a corner to the right off Hofmann. The set-piece is once again taken short to Pepe, who fails to lift his cross over Sonnleitner. 
13' CHANCE! Following a short corner, Pepe skips beyond Ritzmaier and whips a cross in towards the far post. Mustafi arrives to meet it, but fails to keep his diving header on target. He has to score there. 
12' The home side push forward in their pursuit of a second goal. Some clever footwork from Nelson gets him beyond his man, before his low cross is deflected out for a corner off Greiml.
A. Lacazette
Goal
10' GOAL! What a strike! The away side lose possession from a throw-in and Lacazette picks the ball up midway inside the Vienna half. The Frenchman takes a couple of touches before lashing a fierce, moving strike from range into the top-right corner. Incredible! 1-0.
9' Following Nelson’s corner from the left, the ball drops to Mustafi, who fires a right-footed shot wide to the right of Strebinger’s goal. 
8' OPENING! Arteta’s side are beginning to settle in their rhythm. Lacazette picks the ball up in a pocket of space and lays it forward for Nketiah, who flicks it around the corner for Pepe. From the left side of the Vienna box, the winger sends a low cross into the box, which Sonnleitner steers behind for a corner with Lacazette waiting to pounce.  
6' Neither side are able to collect a loose ball in the centre of the park, allowing Mari to arrive and power it out for a throw-in down the far side. 
4' Elneny’s long, searching ball over the top of the visitors’ defence for Nelson is nodded down by Sonnleitner, and Nketiah looks to latch onto the under-hit pass. Hofmann uses his body well to hold off the attacker and clear the danger.  
3' Demir looks to switch a first-time pass over to the left flank for Ullmann to chase, although Cedric is alert to the danger and knocks the ball out for a throw-in. The away side have started well. 
1' Kick off! The referee, Radu Petrescu, blows his whistle and Rapid Vienna get the game underway.  
The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at Emirates Stadium. 
Rapid Vienna have lost three of their four away games against English opponents in all competitions, although they did win their last such visit 3-2 against Aston Villa in August 2010.
Mikel Arteta’s team have already secured their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League after winning each of their opening four matches in Group B. To clinch top spot, the Gunners need to avoid defeat against the Green-Whites. Thus far in the competition, Arsenal have been ruthless in front of goal, scoring a total of 12 goals. Rapid Vienna, on the other hand, currently sit third in the group and level on points with second-placed Molde. Dietmar Kuhbauer’s side can extend their winning run in Europe to three consecutive matches with a victory over the London club. 
There are eleven changes from the Arsenal side that lost to Wolves in their most recent Premier League match. In come Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Mari, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, Pepe, Nelson and Lacazette, who start in place of Leno, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes, Tierney, Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Willian, Willock, Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The visitors, meanwhile, make seven alterations to the team that drew 1-1 with Austria Vienna. Strebinger, Sonnleitner, Greiml, Demir, Schuster, Kitagawa and Alar replace Gartler, Stojkovic, Barac, Grahovac, Schick, Knasmullner and Kara.
RAPID VIENNA SUBS: Niklas Hedl, Paul Gartler, Filip Stojkovic, Mateo Barac, Srdjan Grahovac, Lukas Sulzbacher, Thorsten Schick, Melih Ibrahimoglu, Christoph Knasmullner, Ercan Kara. 
ARSENAL SUBS: Bernd Leno, Matt Macey, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers, Kieran Tierney, Miguel Azeez, Joseph Willock, Dani Ceballos, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Willian, Folarin Balogun.  
RAPID VIENNA (3-5-2): Richard Strebinger; Mario Sonnleitner, Maximilian Hofmann, Leo Greiml; Kelvin Arase, Yusuf Demir, Lion Schuster, Marcel Ritzmaier, Maximilian Ullmann; Koya Kitagawa, Deni Alar. 
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Runar Alex Runarsson; Cedric Soares, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac; Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson; Alexandre Lacazette. 
The Gunners head into this clash full of confidence having beaten Molde 3-0 in their previous European encounter. Rapid Vienna will also be hopeful of continuing their good form following their 3-1 victory against Dundalk last time out in Group B.
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