FT Standard Liege 2-2 Arsenal - It's all over and, somehow, Arsenal have done enough to top the group here. Eintracht Frankfurt's late collapse against Vitoria had opened the door for Standard, but they were a goal short. Arsenal have done enough though, and will be seeded in the knockout stages.
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Standard Liège - Arsenal
Europa League - 12 December 2019
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Liege really pushing for a winner, but they just can't get through. Arsenal holding firm, but can they hang on?
The news from Frankfurt has lifted the home fans, who know their team are just a goal away from going through themselves. What a finish we have here.
In the other game, Vitoria have levelled in Frankfurt, meaning Arsenal don't need another goal to top the group - as things stand.
The Europa League continues to liberate Saka, who has saved his best performances this season for European competition.
GOAL! Standard Liege 2-2 Arsenal - Saka scores! Arsenal have another one, and it's Saka, who has made one and scored one. This time he has a go from the edge of the box with his weaker right foot, and it somehow goes in.
That goal kills any hope of a Standard Liege miracle. The Gunners still need another two goals to avoid the big guns in the last 32 though. They have a little over 10 minutes.
GOAL! Standard Liege 2-1 Arsenal - Lacazette scores! The first moment of real quality by Arsenal as Saka whips in a ball from the left and it's right on the head of Lacazette who wasn't going to miss.
Chance Standard! Vanheusden makes a great run down the left and fires a brilliant low cross across the face of goal... it comes to Fai on the other side but he loses his head and fires over.
Smart play by Lacazette, who has been marked very closely tonight but draws a foul 25 yards out and Arsenal have a chance with a free-kick... but David Luiz puts it over.
Nelson and Smith Rowe have switched flanks for Arsenal.
Now we'll see what these young Arsenal players are made of. Standard Liege need five to knock Arsenal out. The home fans aren't lacking belief.
GOAL! Standard Liege 2-0 Arsenal - Amallah scores! It's another deflected shot, this time coming off Mavropanos after Willock failed to clear and Guendouzi was sold Amallah's dummy.
Arsenal look completely flat at the moment. No inspiration, no creativity, no idea.
Smith Rowe forces a corner for Arsenal, in what feels like their first foray forward all half.
Standard playing with a lot more freedom and creativity since the goal and they're looking more likely to add to their lead than Arsenal draw level.
Standard keep up the pressure with back-to-back corners, but Arsenal eventually get the ball clear.
Amallah turns Guendouzi very easy and gets a shot away. Guendouzi recovers enough to partially block it, but only at the expense of a Standard corner.
Smith Rowe is Arsenal's best outlet tonight, but Arsenal are just not getting the ball out to him enough.
Arsenal look a little rattled by that goal. Just trying to re-gather some momentum here.
The Stade Maurice Dufrasne is bouncing now. They didn't look like scoring until they did, but unlike Arsenal, they took their chance when it came.
Lacazette caught late by Amallah, and the Frenchman felt that.
Otherwise, Arsenal will be looking at facing the likes of Inter Milan, RB Salzburg or Ajax in the last 32.
Well, that goal came from absolutely nowhere but Arsenal find themselves behind and need to get a goal to return to the top of the table.
GOAL! Standard Liege 1-0 Arsenal - The Belgians have the lead! A hopeful shot by Samuel Bastien deflects off Sokratis, it wrongfoots Martinez and Standard Liege lead!
SECOND HALF. Here we go again...
HT Standard Liege 0-0 Arsenal - All square at the break. Arsenal on course to qualify, but they've been wasteful. Bodart has made several key stops, but Arsenal haven't been ruthless enough. Liege will feel that they're right in this.
Double Arsenal chance! Saka finds space again on the left, but his shot is straight at Bodart. Nelson looks to nod in the rebound, but that man Bodart is there again.
Guendouzi won't be getting a Christmas card from any Standard Liege fans this year. Getting himself involved in several clashes which hasn't endeared him to the home fans.
Frankfurt are now 2-1 up, Kamada with the goal, which would knock Arsenal into second place in the group. So Arsenal's need for a goal has just increased.
Willock has a go from distance but it's clear of the bar. Good running by Smith Rowe created the opening.
What is Martinez doing? A suicidal pass is almost cut out by Emond, who would have been able to tap into an empty net.
In the other Group F game, Da Costa has equalised for Frankfurt against Vitoria. At the moment Arsenal are going through as group winners, just ahead of Frankfurt.
A long ball looks to have sent Lacazette through, but Bodart spots the danger early and races out of his goal to make the clearance, some 30 yards off his line. Well played by Bodart, who has made some good stops in this first half.
Arsenal starting to create more now and Saka is getting himself into some great positions.
Chance Arsenal! The ball breaks to Saka on the edge of the box and he lets fly but it whistles centimetres wide of the top corner.
Another Arsenal move down the left as Nelson and Saka combine well again, but Saka's cross flies miles over the head of Lacazette.
Both sides have had their moments in what has been quite an even half, edged slightly by Arsenal who have crafted out the clearer of the chances thus far.
Chance Standard! Mpoku lifts a lovely pass into the path of Emond, but Sokratis gets across well to make the block, and it was a crucial one.
Chance Arsenal! Nelson spots the forward run of Saka, who looks the fire the ball inside the near post from a tight angle - but again it's a nice stop by Bodart.
So far so good for Arsenal: just a point needed tonight but they'll be eager to settle their nerves with a goal. But Standard cannot be ruled out here, and they're looking quite dangerous on the break.
Lacazette penalised for a foul on Cimirot, but it wasn't a foul - and Standard have a free-kick in a dangerous area... the resulting free-kick is one off the training ground, but Lacazette is alert to it and does his defensive duty.
Martinez makes a dog's dinner of a clearance but gets away with it.
It should be said that the pitch isn't very good. Quite bumpy and patchy, and not the lush surface Arsenal are used to at the Emirates.
Standard enjoying a decent spell and Carcelo has the chance to run at Sokratis, but he trips over the ball.
Arsenal haven't kept a clean sheet since October 6 and it's easy to see why: the defence and midfield just cannot hang on to the ball. That's 12 straight games where they've conceded.
Arsenal starting to exert themselves with the ball but keep giving it away so cheaply.
That was the first we've really seen of Arsenal as an attacking quantity.
Chance Arsenal! Nice move by Arsenal allows Smith Rowe to go through, he goes for a low shot to the far post but is denied by a fine save by Bodart's right foot.
Chance Standard! Carcela twists and turns after he's gifted the ball by the Arsenal defence, not once but twice. His first shot is blocked and his second is saved by Martinez. Woeful defending by Arsenal though.
Arsenal enjoying their first spell of composed possession.
In the other Group F game, Vitoria have taken the lead at Frankfurt. That'll be a lift for Standard, whose chances of going through have just got better - but they must make the breakthrough here.
Standard get a free kick at the other end, but it's dealt with quite comfortably by Arsenal.
Lacazette's free-kick clips the edge of the wall - and it hits his elbow and that should have been an Arsenal penalty. A clear handball.
Smith Rowe does well to draw the foul from Vanheusden in a dangerous area and Arsenal have the free-kick.
A good atmosphere here for this one. Plenty of noise from the home fans, who seem to sense that Arsenal are vulnerable at the moment.
Liege pressing well and making life uncomfortable for Arsenal, and Martinez is rushed into a clearance which goes straight out of play - much to the joy of the home fans.
David Luiz has a go from the halfway line, and it sails way over. Either that or it was the worst throughball ever to Lacazette, who looks back at the Brazilian with his hands on his hips.
Guendouzi is caught in the throat by Mpoku's flailing forearm. A slightly ridiculous reaction by Guendouzi who drops to the ground like he's been shot.
KICK OFF. We're underway in Liege!
The warm-ups are done and the players are emerging from the tunnel. Almost game time here...
To break it down, a win or a draw will do it for Arsenal tonight, whereas Standard must win to stand a hope of sneaking through. It is feasible that we could end the night with three teams - Arsenal, Standard and Eintracht - each on 10 points. But let's cross that bridge when we get to it.
And if Arsenal do get another win against Standard Liege tonight, they will overtake their north London rivals Tottenham as the English club with the most Europa League win. They are currently level with 22 wins each.
If history is anything to go by, this should be a walk in the park for Arsenal. The Premier League side have won their previous five contests with Standard, including a 7-0 drubbing in the 1993/94 Cup Winners' Cup.
Standard Liege are third and go into this final game as the Group F outliers. But Standard have a strong record at home, having won their previous two group games at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne. Another win for the Belgian side tonight, and things could get very interesting.
Arsenal interim coach Freddie Ljungberg puts his trust in a youthful Arsenal XI, despite the Gunners not being absolutely guaranteed to go through. They go into this game a point clear of Eintracht Frankfurt, whose victory over Arsenal last time was the final nail in the coffin for Unai Emery.
STANDARD LIEGE: Bodart, Vanheusen, Cimirot, Emond, Carcela, Amallah, Fai, Gavory, Bastien, Laifis, Mpoku. Subs: Gillet, Lavalee, Cop, Boljevic, Lestienne, Avenatti, Vojvoda.
ARSENAL: Martinez, Sokratis, Luiz, Mavropanos, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Lacazette. Subs: Leno, Chambers, Medley, Olayinka, Martinelli, John-Jules, Aubameyang.
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