Following a typical pre-match offering, Red Star's fans bucked tradition and unfurled another huge banner for the start of the second half, but it could not lift the stodgy fare on the pitch. The Gunners were cautious going forward and the trio of Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere, and Theo Walcott weren't clicking too well.
Such was Red Star's pressure that veteran keeper Petr Cech had to roll back the years to produce a fine save to keep it at 0-0.
The character of Arsenal's players was questioned after they let slip a lead to lose 2-1 at Watford on Saturday, with Hornets striker Troy Deeney saying the Gunners lacked "cojones".
Wilshere found space outside the box before feeding Walcott. That's Giroud, he keeps belief when it's tough. That's why he scores at moments you didn't expect him to score.
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That is until Milan Rodić was shown a second yellow for elbowing Francis Coquelin in the head while fighting for the ball. Getting a point would have been an acceptable result, but Arsenal stole all three with this great team goal.
With Arsene Wenger already having to cope with a defensive injury crisis that has left him without Koscielny, Chambers and Mustafi, the decision to leave the Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker and our Spanish worldwide Nacho Monreal back in London while Arsenal take on Red Star Belgrade away shows clearly that the boss is making the Premier League game at Everton on Sunday a big priority over this evening´s Europa League tie. You have to love that big handsome frenchman.
Arsenal held on for the vital three points that, combined with BATE's 1-0 victory at home to Koln, see Arsene Wenger's side move five points clear at the top of Group H.
Arsenal's next Europa league game is on November 2nd at the Emirates again against Red Star. Their next league game is against Everton this coming weekend.