FT: Zurich 1:2 Arsenal; Watch full match highlights as England react to Queen Elizabeth II Honorary passing away
Arsenal began their Europa League campaign away to FC Zurich yesterday evening as the Gunners bounce back from their defeat at Old Trafford.
The Gunners and European football. Sounds good, doesn’t it? While it is not the competition the club was tantalisingly close to making last year, it is a step in the right direction.
Mikel Arteta has already stated that the Europa League will be taken very seriously by the club, and they’re the early bookie’s favourites to win the competition.
Mikel Arteta’s side earned a straightforward route into the group stage courtesy of finishing fifth in the Premier League, while their hosts failed to make it through Champions League qualifying.
The match ended 2-1 win in favour of Arsenal with goal from Marquinhos and Eddie Nketiah, here is the full match highlights
Zurich 1-2 Arsenal; Full match highlights
First Arsenal goal
Goal for Zurich
Second Arsenal goal
Goals from Marquinhos and Eddie Nketiah ensured the gunners began Europa League campaign with a win defeating FC Zurich 2-1 in St Gallen.
The Brazilian took just 16 minutes of his debut to net his first goal for when he connected with an Nketiah cross, and the roles were reversed in the second half when the striker dispatched an excellent delivery to restore the lead following Mirlind Kryeziu’s penalty just before half-time.
At half-time, the news broke of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and Arsenal players returned to the field wearing black armbands in respect, while a minute’s silence was held before play resumed.
Marquinhos capped an excellent debut by whipping a great cross to the back post for Nketiah, and the striker did brilliantly to head low into the ground and beat Brecher in front of our travelling fans to net his first goal of the campaign.
The win could have been more emphatic when substitute Gabriel Jesus was picked out in the box by Martinelli following another good break but again Brecher was equal to his driven shot, and Turner had to be alert to save a stoppage-time header from Ivan Santini to ensure that the gunners returned to London with the three points.