Spectacular Giroud goal gives Arsenal win at Crvena Zvezda

Kristopher Nichols
October 20, 2017

Arsenal have officially named their starting line-up and substitutes to take on Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade in an away Europa League group stage fixture this evening.

Red Star was extremely organized in defense all game, but they also began threatening Arsenal's backline in the second half getting most of the chances.

Red Star had the best chance of the match in the 27th minute.

Arsenal themselves nearly found a breakthrough in the first half with Egypt global Mohamed Elneny's cross finding Olivier Giroud but his header went wide. From the resulting corner Boakye headed against the crossbar.

And former United star Keane believes Arsenal are struggling to keep up with their Premier League rivals.

Arsenal improved in the second half which wasn't hard given how poor they were in the first.

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On his goal - somewhat similar to the Puskas Award-finalist strike he scored last season against Crystal Palace - Giroud said he only attempted the audacious shot after he failed to locate a teammate to whom he could pass.

Arsenal faced a very tough challenge in Serbia today as they played in one of the toughest environments in Europe against Red Star Belgrade at Rajko Mitić Stadium. Another let-off for Arsenal.

The goal came minutes after Milan Rodic was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Francis Coquelin.

Wilshere found space outside the box before feeding Walcott. An absolutely fantastic team goal which was reminiscent of THAT goal v Norwich.

The 1-0 win maintains Arsenal's ideal record in Group H and means that a win in the return encounter on November 2 would guarantee qualification with two games to spare.

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