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85'
F. Ozobić
J. Rzeźniczak
83'
C. Gilmour
M. Özil
82'
Q. Qarayev
Yellow Card
75'
Dani Quintana
M. Mədətov
72'
Nacho Monreal
L. Koscielny
63'
Z. Medley
A. Lacazette
61'
A. Abdullayev
Míchel
Kick Off
16'
M. Özil
Assist
16'
A. Lacazette
Goal
Kick Off
3
0
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
4
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 0
Total Passes 703 348

Commentary

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Arsenal are next in action against Southampton on the road in the Premier League at the weekend, while Qarabag face Kelsa in the quarter-finals of their domestic cup on Sunday.
Arsenal finish their Europa League Group G campaign unbeaten, notching their fifth victory out of six matches courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette's goal. The Gunners were already through to the next round of the competition, but ensured they finished top of the group with a solid if unspectacular performance this evening. Bakayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah could have added to the scoreline, but the one goal was enough to notch the three points. Qarabag end their campaign bottom of the group after putting forward an uninspiring display at the Emirates Stadium.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 QARABAG
90' + 4' Arsenal have one last probe as Nketiah and Jenkinson combine down the right flank, but the latter's cross is headed away by Sadiqov.
90' + 2' Maitland-Niles works the ball into the path of Nketiah, but Huseynov makes the closing challenge to stop his progress in the box.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' Vagner made the stop with his face and he remains down on the deck for the visitors.
89' CHANCE! Saka fails to grasp the opportunity to become the youngest European goalscorer as he latches on to Nketiah's pinpoint offload. He takes a touch to bring the ball under control, but he blasts his effort straight at Vagner, who makes the stop.
87' Arsenal move the ball effectively from left to right with Medley and Maitland-Niles connecting, but the latter fails to make the incisive pass in the final third to keep the move alive.
86' Gilmour has become the 28th different player to feature for Arsenal in this season's Europa League.
F. Ozobić
J. Rzeźniczak
Qarabağ
85' Rzezniczak makes way for Ozobic for the visitors.
C. Gilmour
M. Özil
Arsenal
83' Gilmour comes on to the field for the closing minutes to replace Ozil.
Q. Qarayev
Yellow Card
Qarabağ
82' Saka goes down again after being caught by Qarayev, who is booked for the challenge.
81' Saka is back on his feet and appears to be ok to continue for the final 10 or so minutes.
80' Medvedev catches Saka in the air and the winger stays down on the deck after the collision.
78' Arsenal are just lacking the clinical edge to kill off the contest once and for all. They're letting the visitors hang about, which is dangerous in the final 10 minutes.
76' DISALLOWED GOAL! Saka gets the better of Medvedev down the left flank and he floats a cross into the middle that Nketiah heads home from close range. However, the forward was in an offside position and the goal is ruled out.
Dani Quintana
M. Mədətov
Qarabağ
75' Madatov is replaced by Quintana for the visitors.
74' The Gunners have struggled for fluency in their play in the final third, which is beginning to frustrate their manager on the sideline.
Nacho Monreal
L. Koscielny
Arsenal
72' Koscielny completes 72 minutes on his comeback before he gets withdrawn for Monreal. A good sign for the Gunners.
70' Vagner slices a simple clearance from a backpass from Rzezniczak behind for a corner. However, it's not a costly mistake as the visitors are able to clear their lines from the set-piece.
69' Saka collects the ball in space 25 yards from goal and he turns to fire at the target, but his effort lacks pace and is saved with ease by Vagner.
67' Maitland-Niles has another dart down the right flank to put the visitors under pressure, but Qarabag hold firm for now at the back.
65' CHANCE! Maitland-Niles does brilliantly down the right flank to weave his way through four challenges before sending a cross to the near post. Saka connects with an attempt on the half-volley, only to scuff his effort past the post.
Z. Medley
A. Lacazette
Arsenal
63' Medley replaces Lacazette to shore up Arsenal's backline.
61' Zoubir breaks into space down the left flank as he surges away from Sokratis. The winger cuts the ball back for Abdullayev in the middle, but the forward fails to make contact with his strike. A huge opportunity missed for the visitors.
A. Abdullayev
Míchel
Qarabağ
61' Michel makes way for Abdullayev for the visitors.
59' Arsenal just lost their control of the game for a minute or so there. Emery will be on his side to keep a clean sheet this evening.
57' OVER! Zoubir lifts the corner into the box and Guerrier makes clean contact with his header as Martinez comes for the ball and misses his punch. However, the Qarabag wing-back can only guide his effort over the bar.
56' Jenkinson almost commits a huge mistake from a simple cross into the box. He tries to head back to Martinez, but he miscues his attempt and Zoubir almost capitalises before the ball goes out for a corner.
54' Ozil tries to skim a cross to the back post for the run of Saka behind, but Sokratis rises to head at goal and he directs his effort wide of the post. The German is not happy with his team-mate for the mis-communication.
53' Nketiah is brought down on the edge of the Qarabag box by Guerrier after making a swift turn. Arsenal have a good opportunity to threaten, although the set-piece is on the flank rather than the middle of the pitch.
51' Saka tries to get in behind the Qarabag line to latch on to Maitland-Niles' throughball, but he just mistimes his run by a fraction.
50' BLOCK! Jenkinson breaks forward from the back and sees his cross blocked, but he has the opportunity to swing a leg at a strike that is also blocked by Rzezniczak.
49' Elneny tries to work the ball behind the Qarabag line for the run of Ozil, but the German is caught offside as he made a rare forward run.
46' WIDE! Maitland-Niles cuts in from the left flank to fire at goal from distance, but he places his effort harmlessly wide of the target.
46' We're back underway at the Emirates Stadium.
Qarabag have barely been in the Arsenal half and appear to be just going through the motions. Maksim Medvedev had their best opening of the half, but he was closed by Sokratis Papastathopoulos before he could pull the trigger. The visitors need to at least force Emiliano Martinez into action in the second period.
Arsenal hold a 1-0 lead over Qarabag at the break in their Europa League Group G clash at the Emirates Stadium this evening. Alexandre Lacazette's strike in the 16th minute put the Gunners ahead as the Frenchman collected Mesut Ozil's offload before firing past Wagner. There have not been many clear-cut openings in the opening period, although Unai Emery will be satisfied that his team have controlled proceedings.
45' HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 QARABAG
44' The half is petering out with both teams dropping their energy levels even further. It hasn't been a classic this evening.
42' Saka gets in behind Huseynov down the left flank, but he takes a poor touch to send the ball trickling out for a goal-kick.
41' Arsenal are lacking a clinical edge outside of Lacazette this evening. The Frenchman has capitalised on his one opening, but has been starved of service since.
39' Nketiah has another run at Guerrier down the right flank, but the defender holds firm once again to divert the ball out for another Arsenal corner.
37' OVER! Ozil swings the cross into the box from the corner and although Nketiah rises highest in the box, he can only guide his header over the bar.
36' Nketiah makes another driving run down the right flank, but Guerrier comes across to make the crucial tackle, sending it out for a corner.
35' Ozil is moving gingerly around the pitch after being caught when he lost possession. Emery will be hopeful that the playmaker can run off the problem.
33' Ozil tries to be too delicate with the ball in the Qarabag half and loses possession with several team-mates around him in space.
31' The Gunners are continuing to control the tempo of the contest with ease. Qarabag are not offering much resistance in the middle of the park.
29' Ozil whips the resulting free-kick into the box, but Guerrier makes contact with the first header before the referee awards the visitors a free-kick for a foul by Sokratis.
28' Lacazette is brought down on the right flank by Rzezniczak and the referee awards a free-kick to the home side in a decent position.
27' Madatov finds space down the left flank for the visitors and he goes for the cutback into the middle, but there's no support for the Qarabag forward.
25' Nketiah puts Vagner under pressure on his goalline, with the keeper being casual over his clearance. However, he manages to offload without an issue.
24' WIDE! Elneny lines up an effort from distance and he connects with his right foot, but the ball drifts harmlessly wide of the target.
22' Nketiah makes a good burst into space, but then plays a blind offload to his right and loses possession. There was no red and white shirt in the vicinity for the Arsenal forward there.
20' The Gunners cope with a period of pressure from a couple of Qarabag corners with ease. The visitors will have to maximise their opportunities in the Arsenal half, especially from set-pieces.
18' Qarabag almost have an opportunity to equalise as Medvedev wins the ball in the air at the back post. He shapes to shoot at goal, only to be denied by a last-ditch challenge from Sokratis.
M. Özil
Assist
Arsenal
16' Ozil releases Lacazette in the box with an incisive pass before the Frenchman provides the finish.
A. Lacazette
Goal
Arsenal
16' GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! LACAZETTE PUTS ARSENAL AHEAD!! 1-0!!!! The Gunners have the lead as Ozil and Lacazette combine in the box. Ozil slides an offload into the right inside channel where the Frenchman takes a good first touch. Lacazette uses a neat piece of skill to get half-a-yard on Huseynov before burying his effort past Vagner with a solid strike.
15' The game almost has a pre-season tempo in the opening 15 minutes. Arsenal have control, with the visitors sitting back in their defensive shape.
13' Arsenal attempt to break on the counter, but Slavchev brings down Saka before he can threaten in the Qarabag half.
13' Qarabag string together a series of passes to find space down the right flank for Medvedev to send a cross into the box, but his delivery is headed away by Koscielny in the middle.
11' The Gunners are controlling the game in the early stages and are moving the ball around with relative ease. Emery will be pleased with the start his team have made.
10' SAVE! Saka cuts in from the right flank and he tries to bend a strike towards the bottom corner, but Vagner gets across to make the stop.
8' Nketiah has a dart down the right flank and he wins a corner off the legs of Rzezniczak. A good surge from the youngster.
5' Koscielny goes for his first challenge in the air since his comeback and wins his duel with Matadov to head out for a throw-in.
3' Arsenal begin proceedings by knocking the ball around at the back. This game will likely have a slow tempo this evening.
1' We're underway at the Emirates Stadium.
The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
Qarabag have lost all five of their meetings with English sides in all competitions, by an aggregate score of 1-17.
Qarabag have made three changes from their win over Zira in the Azerbaijan Premier League last time out. Michel, Sadiqov come into the side in the midfield and defence respectively, while Vagner replaces Mahammadaliyev between the sticks.
Arsenal have rung the changes for a match that has little bearing on their future in the competition. Only Sokratis and Lacazette retain their places from the 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League last week. Koscielny plays his first game of the season in the heart of the defence amid injuries to Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi. Ozil also starts for the Gunners along with Martinez, Jenkinson, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah and Saka.
SUBS: Rahil Mammadov, Araz Abdullayev, Dani Quintana, Sahruddin Mahammadaliyev, Filip Ozobic, Ansi Agolli, Cosqun Diniyev.
QARABAG (5-3-2): Vagner; Maksim Medvedev, Jakub Rzezniczak, Rashad Sadiqov, Badavi Huseyov, Wilde-Donald Guerrier; Simeone Slavchev, Qara Qarayev, Michel; Mahir Madatov, Abdellah Zoubir.
SUBS: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nacho Monreal, Matteo Guendouzi, Charlie Gilmour, Dejan Iliev, Zech Medley, Tyreece John-Jules.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez; Carl Jenkinson, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock; Eddie Nketiah, Mesut Ozil, Bukayo Saka; Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal are already through to the next stage of the Europa League, but need a point to advance as winners of Group E. The Gunners are unbeaten in their previous five matches, dropping only two points in their goalless draw against Sporting Lisbon. Qarabag have only pride to play for this evening to avoid finishing bottom of the group. They did beat Vorskla on the road in match week four, but were hammered 6-1 last time out by Sporting. Gurban Gurbanov will be keen for his side to end their campaign on a high note.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Europa League Group E clash between Arsenal and Qarabag at the Emirates Stadium.
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