The Gunners battled back to beat Rapid Vienna 2-1 in the Europa League.
Super sub Aubameyang!
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Having actually spoken on the eve of the game about the factors behind axing Mesut Ozil from his Europa League and Premier League teams, Arteta needs to have been fretted by the absence of imagination in the opening hour.
Ozil was tweeting along to the match from home and provided his best desires to Leno– whose position as Arsenal’s primary divided the fanbase when Emiliano Martinez was offered to Aston Vacation Home in the summer.
Following an even start, a Luiz header required the first conserve out of Richard Strebinger as the Brazil defender met a Cedric Soares free-kick at the back post.
Leno was also in action for the first time soon after, succeeding to scoop Fountas’ deflected flick into his grasp.
There was little forward momentum for the visitors, their play typically separated by referee Pavel Kralovec, who granted a variety of controversial fouls
Ercan Kara flashed a shot large as Rapid ended a lukewarm first half on top and they were ahead just 6 minutes after the reboot, albeit thanks to a present from Leno.
In attempting to play out from the back, Leno got the ball from Luiz however made a mistake as his pass was obstructed by Kara.
He chose his strike partner Fountas as the Greece international ended up well to break the deadlock.
Leno’s self-confidence appeared shaken by his error and he once again provided the ball straight to Fountas, however this time he just about handled to stay out the Rapid forward’s effort from outside the box.
Arteta had actually seen enough and made a double modification on the hour, presenting Hector Bellerin and captain Aubameyang from the bench.
However it was a much less familiar man who would get Arsenal back on level terms as Luiz increased to flick home Nicolas Pepe‘s free-kick with Strebinger no place to be seen after venturing off his line.
Leno was plainly having a hard time following his earlier mistake and nearly provided the hosts with the lead instantly after the equaliser.
The Germany international charged off his line and his attempted clearance roared off Luiz, with Fountas not able to keep down the resulting shot.
It would be Arsenal who were toasting the lead from their next attack, Aubameyang entrusted a basic finish after Mohamed Elneny’s fine pass enabled Bellerin to square to his captain.
Arsenal saw out the rest of the game with little risk to total an expert task and start their European campaign with 3 points.