Arsenal Seal Slot in UEFA Europa League Knockout Stage With Impressive Win

If only Arsenal had replicated their Europa League form so far this season in the Premier League, we should be in a very good position by now.

Mikel Arteta took his side all the way to Norway hoping for a bounce after the stalemate at Leeds over the weekend. It happened!

The first half was tense but quiet in terms of goalscoring though our boys made good attempts at goal. Reiss Nelson tried one to pepper the palms of the host goalkeeper prior to Nicolas Pepe's misdirected curling shot. The duo will later become heroes.

Molde got the best opportunity of the opening half through Sheriff Sinyan whose effort from two yards out caused Alex Runarsson no panic.

Pepe started the second half on a fierce spree as he was close to scoring with another curling effort. He was bent on redeeming himself after his indiscipline in our last game and he did a minute later when he tucked the ball into the top corner to put us ahead.

The brilliant Joe Willock picked out Nelson who doubled it for us from close range. The captain of the night Alexandre L:acazette was on the verge of adding his name to the scoresheet as well.

It seemed like that would be all for the day not until Balogun was introduced with eight minutes to play. With his first two touches, he was able to open his goal record with the Arsenal senior side.

That 3-0 victory was all we needed to secure a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. We completed our fourth win in four matches to remain at the top of the Group B log with twelve good points. Two more ties to go in the group stage.

Our attention switches back to the Premier League as we take on Wolves at the Emirates Stadium this sunday.

Next will be another Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon. This time, the Emirates Stadium will admit a limited number of fans (2000) after nine months of their total absence from sporting venues.

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