It’s safe to say most did not expect Arsenal to have much trouble against BATE Borisov in their Europa League round of 32 tie.
The Belarusian side played against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners last year and were outmatched, losing their home group stage game 4-2, and then got smoked in London by a 6-0 scoreline.
However, neither result would be in the offing today as Stanislav Dragun scored in the 45th minute for BATE and Unai Emery’s men failed to respond with a goal of their own in a 1-0 defeat.
To make matters worse for Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette saw red in the 85th minute, meaning the star man will miss out on the second leg.
The good news for Emery and the Gunners is that this was just the first leg, and it is still likely they will turn around the deficit when the sides meet in London next week.
But in the meantime, Twitter was not kind to the Gunners as they suffered arguably their most embarrassing defeat of the Emery era thus far.
Who the f*ck are ‘BATE Borisov’... and how the f*ck have we just lost to them? What IS this insanity? pic.twitter.com/Y5uRJgjwgo— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 14, 2019
Arsenal losing to a team that doesn't even have adult fans pic.twitter.com/MA4lzuCCdS— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) February 14, 2019
Özil’s just paused Fortnite to check the score and is absolutely howling— Chris, you’re in the Mafia (@SmolManSyndrome) February 14, 2019
Even on Valentine’s Day Arsenal still dishing out heartbreak, you have to admire the consistency 🙌🏾— Black Gary. (@Yellow_PR) February 14, 2019
Arsenal need some new defenders, episode 562.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 14, 2019
Sloppy, slow, 10 man Arsenal beaten by a BATE side who cost 200k, last played a competitive game two MONTHS ago and had never before won a European KO match. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/QuaPMWMHoZ— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 14, 2019
Arsenal really love giving small teams the greatest night in their history don't they? 😭 #BATEARS— Paul McG AFC ☘️© (@Afcpmg) February 14, 2019
FT 1-0 BATE One of Emery's worst nights at Arsenal. Controlled possession for long periods but did little with it. They'll fancy their chances of coming back in next week's second leg but the mere fact they have to do so is embarrassing for all concerned.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) February 14, 2019
Hey, at least #Arsenal gave BATE Borisov the greatest victory in the history of their club.— The Short Fuse (@TheShortFuse) February 14, 2019
A lot of people think BATE is an acronym of Borisov plant of Automotive and Tractor Electrical equipment but it’s actually...— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) February 14, 2019
If only there was someone Arsenal could call upon to unpick these stubborn defences... pic.twitter.com/84FdKO0VQT— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) February 14, 2019