A goalless draw with Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates Stadium last night was enough to see the Gunners through to the knock out stages of this seasons Europa league competition.
With Cologne’s 5-2 defeat of Bate Borisov, the Gunners now sit top of the Group H with 10 points and only two games remining. Despite going through earlier due to other results Arsenal had plenty of opportunities to take all the points from this game with French man Olivier Giroud missing a number of chances, including missing the target from inside the area while midfielder Jack Wilshere had a shot from close range acrobatically save off the line, by some frantic defence.
Elsewhere it was more bad news for Everton fans has their side became the 1st Premier League side to crash out of Europe this year, going down 3-0 in France to Lyon. The defeat added to Apollon Limassol’s 1-1 draw with group leaders Atalanta means that the Toffee’s can longer qualify for the knock out stages.
Despite the final score, Everton had kept it to 0-0 midway through the second half until former Chelsea player Bertand Traore was just too quick for the Everton defence and coolly slotted the ball past Joe Pickford in the Everton goal. Their second came less than 10 minutes later as substitute Hossem Aouar reacted quickest to Pickford’s save from Mariano Diaz shot and placed the ball outside of the keepers reach. To make matters worse, Everton were reduced to 10-man moments later after Morgan Schneiderlin saw red after he was booked for the second time for a foul on Maxwel Cornet.
Lyon hammered the final nail in the coffin minutes before the end as ex Manchester United star Memphis Depay found himself unmarked to head the ball in from six yards out.
The result level’s Caretaker boss Dave Unsworth with 3 losses from 3 games since he took over from the sacked Ronald Koeman and face a Watford at Goodison park on Sunday in a game both teams will be desperate to win.