Substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Arsenal got here from behind to win at Fast Vienna of their Europa League Group B opener.
The hosts had taken the lead early within the second half once they capitalised on an error by Bernd Leno – who was poor all through – with the goalkeeper’s tried cross intercepted by Taxiarchis Fountas, who then fired residence from a good angle.
One other error by Leno nearly gifted the Austrians a second when he hit a clearance straight at Fountas however he was in a position to get well and parry the striker’s effort.
Arsenal, who gave a full debut to £45m summer time signing Thomas Partey, lacked high quality within the closing third as they struggled to open up the hosts however discovered their chew when Aubameyang got here off the bench.
David Luiz put Arsenal degree when he headed in Nicolas Pepe’s free-kick and Aubameyang secured the win when he tapped in from Mohamed Elneny’s wonderful help.
Leno nonetheless regarded nervous coping with passes again to him and one other poor clearance hit Luiz and deflected to Fountas, however this time Fast Vienna’s high scorer couldn’t capitalise.
However that was the one scare within the closing phases as Arsenal kicked off their European marketing campaign with an away win.
Arsenal’s Partey excellent in Vienna
For a very long time on this sport, the efficiency of Partey was the one spotlight.
The deadline day signing had made a cameo look within the 1-0 defeat at Manchester Metropolis final Saturday however this was the previous Atletico Madrid midfielder’s first probability to essentially present what he can do, and his efficiency was excellent.
The Ghana worldwide oozed class and made all the pieces he did look easy, breaking apart play with well-timed tackles, getting the ball ahead with calm and correct passes and being alert to any hazard posed by the hosts.
Partey made a very essential intervention within the first half when he prodded the ball from underneath the toes of Fountas because the Fast Vienna ahead was about to shoot.
“He’s a key ingredient of what Arsenal have been lacking for years,” former England and Chelsea winger Karen Carney mentioned on BT Sport.
“He has a knack of breaking apart play and protecting the momentum going. He’s pure class. He’s versatile and tactically astute, provides extra steadiness and is technically excellent.
“He’s sensible and Arsenal followers will likely be overjoyed to see him on this crew.”
With out his contribution in an in any other case lacklustre first half from Arsenal it might have gotten quite a bit worse for the Gunners earlier than they lastly obtained going.
Arsenal return to Premier League motion on Sunday, 25 October (19:15 BST) once they host Leicester Metropolis.
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Ranking vary key = Give it up = Pure perfection
- 36AraseBooked at 60minsSubstituted forSchickat 79′minutes
- 14GrahovacBooked at 15mins
- 8RitzmaierBooked at 69minsSubstituted forKnasmüllnerat 88′minutes
- 29KaraBooked at 63minsSubstituted forKitagawaat 76′minutes
- 1LenoBooked at 90mins
- 17Cédric SoaresSubstituted forBellerínat 61′minutes
- 23David Luiz
- 6dos Santos Magalhães
- 18ParteyBooked at 34mins
- 7SakaSubstituted forTierneyat 84′minutes
- 19PépéSubstituted forNelsonat 90+4′minutes
- 9LacazetteBooked at 27minsSubstituted forWillockat 84′minutes
- 30NketiahBooked at 37minsSubstituted forAubameyangat 61′minutes
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Match ends, SK Fast Wien 1, Arsenal 2.
Second Half ends, SK Fast Wien 1, Arsenal 2.
Substitution, Arsenal. Reiss Nelson replaces Nicolas Pépé.
Offside, SK Fast Wien. Filip Stojkovic tries a by ball, however Thorsten Schick is caught offside.
Try missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) left footed shot from a troublesome angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Nicolas Pépé with a cross.
Bernd Leno (Arsenal) is proven the yellow card.
Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Thorsten Schick (SK Fast Wien).
Substitution, SK Fast Wien. Christoph Knasmüllner replaces Marcel Ritzmaier.
Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).
Maximilian Hofmann (SK Fast Wien) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try blocked. David Luiz (Arsenal) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Pépé with a cross.
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Maximilian Hofmann.
Substitution, Arsenal. Joseph Willock replaces Alexandre Lacazette.
Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Tierney replaces Bukayo Saka.
David Luiz (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Marcel Ritzmaier (SK Fast Wien).
Try blocked. Marcel Ritzmaier (SK Fast Wien) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is blocked.
Try missed. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and extensive to the left.
Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.