BATE Borisov 1-0 Arsenal: Twitter Meltdown as Gunners See Red on Valentine's Day

BATE 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal fumbled against a team that has not played a competitive game since December as they began their pursuit of round of 16 qualification in a negative manner through a 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Gunners also had to cope with the late sending off of Alexandre Lacazette, the disallowed second-half goalscorer that got red carded for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic. He will now miss the second leg tie at the Emirates Stadium next week.

The team fielded by Emery was good enough to get something out of that encounter but as we already know, Arsenal disappoint when you least expect and surprise you when given no hopes.

The North London side even with a promising start plus 77% of possession to their credit could not stop a determined BATE from earning their first home triumph over an English team in European competitions - putting them at advantage ahead of the reverse fixture.

A first-half Stanislav Dragun header from a free-kick birthed the first and only goal for the night and the introduction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and January signing Denis Suarez afterward made no difference to the game's outcome.

Arsenal supporters, random football lovers, and opposition fans have since headed to social networking sites to air their views. Some poured out their frustration at the team, others hit out at the manager for not including Mesut Ozil, we saw some making banter while a minority criticized fans calling for Emery's sack. Below are some reactions from Twitter:

The goal conceded by Arsenal yesterday put an end to their Europa League clean sheet record. Before heading to Belarus for the first leg round of 32 encounter, they had not conceded in their last five fixtures. The last time they had a ball in their net in this competition was in the matchday 1 fixture against Vorskla Poltava.

There will be no Premier League action this weekend so Arsenal will resume play with BATE Borisov in the second leg at the Emirates next Thursday. It should be a positive one as Emery has hoped but the record of them having been sent out in their last six European competition knockout games when they have lost the first leg calls for worry.

It was a 10-2 aggregate win in the Gunners' favour when they were tied on this same front last season.

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