A brilliant comeback from Arsenal to secure all 3 points in our first European match of the season.
Rapid Wien-Taxiarchis Fountas (51′) 1-2 Arsenal – David Luiz (70′), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (74′)
The home team will be regretting not defending their first goal but Arteta’s men were brave enough to equalize and score the winning goal within the final 20 minutes of the match.
The first half was pretty much filled with attacking football from both sides but neither of them was able to cut through each other’s defense to score the opening goal. Thomas Partey, starting his first game for the Gunners, controlled the midfield in a very composed manner and it was easy to see how much he’s already settling into the team considering the short time he’s been there. He made the most passes in the entire game and won the most duels.
The first goal of the game came in the 53rd minute of the second half through Taxiachis Fountas, who was gifted an erroneous pass from Leno to strike into the Arsenal net. The Gunners will be lucky to have Aubameyang and Bellerin sent on, with the duo having an immediate impact on the game. Arsenal got their equalizer in the 70th minute through David Luiz who headed a Nicholas Pepe freekick from the right into the net of the onrushing Rapid Vienna goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Arsenal got their winning goal through their substitute combination. Elneny slipped a neat through ball down the right-hand side for Bellerin who squared the ball for Aubameyang to tap into an empty net and give Arsenal the victory and also score his second goal of the season in all competitions.
The Gunners will feel lucky to get away with all 3 points as they actually failed to split open the defense of their opponents, not until the introduction of Aubameyang and Bellerin. It was another solid defensive showing from Gabriel, who looks to be well settled into the team after winning the Arsenal player of the month for September.
on whether we were lucky to win…
“We knew it would be a difficult match and we made it a little bit harder with a few of the decisions we made and the goal we conceded, which if anything is my fault because I demand those things. But I really liked the reaction, in the second half we understood much better the spaces that we have to attack, we played with more purpose and we generated much more, even though we conceded a late chance with another misunderstanding at the back. But in general, I think e scored two good goals, the second one was fantastic and I am delighted to start with a victory.”
~ Mikel Arteta
The Gunners still have work to do in the attacking department if they want to start creating something for themselves because next up for them at the weekend is a home game against fellow Europa League contenders, Leicester City.
Until Then, COYG!!!
Match Review by Patrick Alexander