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Arsenal make it 3 out of 3 in the Europa League with late comeback vs Vitoria (3-2)
24 October, 2019
Unai Emery’s Arsenal hosted Vitoria de Guimaraes in the third fixture of the Europa League group stage.
The Gunners were keen to continue their 100% record but they faced a Vitoria team who came to play their game and create chances. Indeed it was the away side who drew first blood, when Marcus Edwards scored in the 9th minute. Arsenal responded well to conceding the early goal; Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe had attempts on goal before Gabriel Martinelli got on the end of an inch-perfect cross from Kieran Tierney. Just as Arsenal looked to be taking over, the away side broke away and Bruno Duarte finished well to put Vitoria back in the lead.
The second half saw both teams fail to create many clear-cut chances, until the introduction of Nicolas Pepe in the last 15 minutes. The Ivorian hit a long-distance free kick that curled around the wall and dipped into the bottom left corner drawing Arsenal level at 2-2. And with the last kick of the match, Pepe curled a second free kick from just outside the D into the top left to make it 3-2. Arsenal make it three from three in Europa League Group F.
Arsenal now turn their attention to Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace.