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Dundalk - Arsenal
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Full time: Job done for Mikel Arteta's side, who conclude Group B with six wins from six games. Eleven changes this evening, four goals and it's a comfortable night's work.
Chambers has the ball in the back of the net, poking home from Pepe's free-kick. He thinks he has marked his first start in almost a year with a goal... but it's chalked off for offside.
There will be FOUR minutes of added time to play.
Three minutes to play - surely it's too late for a Dundalk comeback?! Concede another goal and Arsenal might get nervous...
- GoalSean HoareDundalk
GOAL! Dundalk 2-4 Arsenal (Hoare): Dundalk have a second! Hoare scores his first goal in European football as Arsenal switch off defending a set-piece. Flores whips a free-kick into the box and Hoare rises above everyone to head past Runarsson.
Yellow card! Kelly is cautioned for a foul on Cedric.
- GoalFolarin BalogunArsenal
GOAL! Dundalk 1-4 Arsenal (Balogun): The youngster grabs the goal his performance deserves! On as a substitute, he has made quite the impression, and he makes no mistake when released through on goal by Pepe, placing it past Rogers with a composed finish.
Subs! Duffy and McElneny make way for Wynne and Colovic for Dundalk, while Smith-Rowe is replaced by Cottrell for Arsenal.
Yellow card! Shields goes into the book.
Arsenal are looking good for maximum points in Group B.
Pepe, on the other hand, has endured a frustrating evening. He goes for goal from a long way out but is never troubling the goalkeeper with a curling shot.
Balogun has been impressive since his introduction. Few players have stood out for Arsenal on a poor surface, but he won't have done his chances any harm.
Yellow card! Cleary goes into the book for a foul on Smith-Rowe.
- GoalJoe WillockArsenal
GOAL! Dundalk 1-3 Arsenal (Willock): That will seal it! It has been a lacklustre performance from Arsenal but they're out of sight now. Balogun shows great strength and vision to hold the ball up and then play the right pass to Willick, who pokes it home.
Save! Cedric takes the free-kick and forces Rogers into a great save on the stretch.
Double Arsenal sub: Elneny and Nketiah are the two to make way for Ceballos and Balogun.
Yellow card! The substitute Mountney goes into the book for a foul on Smith-Rowe, conceding a free-kick in a dangerous area in the process.
Ceballos and Balogun are preparing to come on for Arsenal. Arteta's side have dropped their intensity, can the duo provide the spark needed to light up this contest?
Dundalk deserve great credit. They could have easily crumbled after going two goals down early doors. But they have shown great resilience and now they're enjoying a spell of possession. They're far from out of this.
- OffDavid McMillanDundalk
- OnDaniel KellyDundalk
Double Dundalk sub: Daniel Kelly is McMillan's replacement, with John Mountney coming on for Gannon.
McMillan, Dundalk's hat-trick hero in their FAI Cup final victory at the weekend, has pulled his hamstring and that's going to be the end of his night.
Dundalk break rapidly, with Flores setting Duffy away down the left. Boy he's quick! Unfortunately his passing isn't as impressive. He has team mates queuing up in the middle but his cross is straight to an away shirt.
Elneny feeds Nketiah who turns smartly but sees his shot blocked. It loops up and Rogers plucks it out of the air.
Arsenal have been seeing plenty of the ball since the restart.
Kick-off! Arsenal get us underway in the second half.
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Half-time: Arsenal lead Dundalk at the break, but it hasn't been entirely convincing.
Dundalk should equalise! McEleney's floated cross drops between Arsenal's centre-halves, giving Leahy a fantastic chance to level the scores. But Chambers makes an important recovery, blocking his shot and denying a certain goal!
There will be just one added minute at the end of the first half.
Save! Another long range effort brings out the save from Roger. This time it's Maitland-Niles who tries his luck, his curler from 30 yards forcing the fully-stretched Roger into a save, pushing it behind for another corner.
Pepe's corner delivery isn't great either and Dundalk clear their lines on this occasion.
Cedric is seeing plenty of the ball coming forward from right-back. His cross is poor, but Cleary's first touch is poorer as he concedes the corner.
Close! Cedric picks up the ball and with the Dundalk players backtracking, he accepts the invitation of having a shot from 25 yards. It's creeping into the bottom corner but Rogers gets a fingertip to divert it agonisingly wide of goal.
Arsenal work the ball all the way back to their goalkeeper, and then Pablo Mari plays a stray pass, gifting Dundalk a throw-in. After a lightning-fast start, the visitors have become a little sloppy.
- Yellow cardJoe WillockArsenal
Yellow card! A rather harsh booking for Willock - who becomes the second Arsenal player to see yellow this evening - as a stray arm catches McMillan.
That was Dundalk's seventh goal in the group stages. It won't have pleased Arteta, who would have been fairly confident of a clean sheet with the back five he's operating with.
Yellow card! Cedric goes into the book for a foul on Leahy, hurting himself in the process. But it's nothing too serious and he's soon back to his feet.
Pepe's first touch is nice and draws the foul from Cleary.
Here we go, have a look at Elneny's stunning effort.
That goal will raise question marks over Runarsson, who got the slightest of touches but couldn't keep the shot out.
- GoalJordan FloresDundalk
GOAL! Dundalk 1-2 Arsenal (Flores): Oh, hello - Dundalk have one back! A moment to cherish for the former Wigan player Flores. He plays a neat give-and-go with Duffy and hammers it past Runarsson, who perhaps should have done better.
Have a look at Arsenal's opener - and keep an eye out for their second...
- GoalMohamed ElnenyArsenal
GOAL! Dundalk 0-2 Arsenal (Elneny): Oh my, what a strike from Elneny! He picks it up 30 yards out and he catches the shot ever so sweetly, leaving the goalkeeper with absolutely no chance with a thunderous effort that arrows into the top right corner.
Dundalk work a short corner, and Mustafi slices his clearance when the delivery is finally made. It falls to Shields, who, from 25 yards out, volleys well over the bar.
Dundalk win their first corner of the game, with Cedric heading Leahy's cross behind. Better from the visitors.
- GoalEddie NketiahArsenal
GOAL! Dundalk 0-1 Arsenal (Nketiah): It was coming! Nketiah has looked lively and deservedly opens the scoring for Arsenal. He charges down Boyle's attempted clearance, pounces on the loose ball and coolly dinks it over Rogers for his fifth goal of the season. Believe it or not, that makes him the club's top goalscorer!
Cedric whips the free-kick towards the near post but Leahy is there to head it away for a throw-in.
Mustafi's ball out of defence finds the arm of Nketiah, who gets past Doyle and wins the free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, left of centre.
The high press is proving effective as Smith-Rowe steals possession on the left flank. McCleary makes an important intervention from his cut-back to deny Nketiah.
Nketiah is alert as he receives the ball in the penalty area but sees his shot charged down. He looks like he is playing with a point to prove.
Pepe delivers a deep cross into the Dundalk penalty area, Maitland-Niles keeps the ball alive with a back-post header, searching for Willick, who slips on the surface and the chance is gone.
Arsenal with all the early possession, as you would expect. Pepe slips it through to Nketiah right of centre but the young forward is challenged by Leahy.
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Action starts! Dundalk get us underway, and it's fair to say the pitch is not in great condition. The rugby was played here recently and there has been a lot of rain in Dublin today.
A minute's silence is held for Italy World Cup hero Paolo Rossi before kick-off.
It's almost time for kick-off at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin! It's Dundalk versus Arsenal in the Europa League, it's LIVE and it's NEXT!
Ten minutes until kick-off! This is Arsenal's first ever competitive game in the Republic of Ireland. Can they finish the group stage off with a 100 per cent winning record in tact?
The future is bright at Arsenal by the look of things...
Pre-match stat: In all European competition, Dundalk are winless in seven matches against English teams (D1 L6), scoring two goals while shipping 24.
In contrast, Dundalk have enjoyed a successful week, with Filippo Giovagnoli appointed the club's permanent manager following the 4-2 FAI Cup final victory over Shamrock Rovers. Tonight is their final game of the season - can they sign off on a high?
The Gunners are hoping to make moves in the transfer market come January...
Arsenal made short work of qualifying from Group B having won all five of their games so far. But domestically, things aren't going so smoothly. Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham saw Arteta's men fall to 15th in the table, and the Spaniard is surely feeling the pressure. "I always work harder," he told a press conference. "I sleep less and I try to encourage everybody that is next to us to be positive and to believe in what we do. This is how I approach the situation."
Pre-match stat: This will be the second European encounter between Dundalk and Arsenal, with the Gunners winning 3-0 on match day two of this season's UEFA Europa League.
Arteta has praised Paris St-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir for how the clubs dealt with an allegation of racist language in Tuesday night's Champions League match. "I did not hear exactly what happened but I've seen the incident," he said. "But after I saw the reaction and the unity that both teams and both clubs showed. I'm sure that if it's something that did happen, Uefa will investigate the actions really carefully because we've done a lot of work in recent years to try to avoid this kind of behaviour in football. I think it was a very strong message.
Calum Chambers starts in Arsenal's defence for the first time since December last year, making his return after an ACL injury. Emile Smith-Rowe makes his first of the season, while Nicolas Pepe partners Eddie Nketiah in attack. Rob Holding, Dani Ceballos and Bukayo Saka are the experienced players named on the bench.
TEAM NEWS - Dundalk XI: Rogers, Hoare, Boyle, Cleary, Gannon, Shields, Flores, Leahy, McEleney, Duffy, McMillan.. subs: Corcoran, Wynne, Gartland, Mountney, Sloggett, McCarey, Colovic, Dummigan, Kelly /// Arsenal XI: Runarsson, Chambers, Pablo Mari, Mustafi, Soares, Smith-Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Pepe.. subs: Cottrell, Azeez, Saka, Ceballos, Holding, Macey, Balogun, Hein.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of Arsenal's Europa League clash with Dundalk. Mikel Arteta's side have already been confirmed as Group B winners and the manager has promised to give youngsters an opportunity tonight against a Dundalk team whose exit from the competition is already sealed. Team news will follow in a moment, stay with us for match facts, manager comments ahead of the 17:55 GMT kick-off.