Europa League: Arsenal put four goals past Rapid Vienna with 2,000 supporters in attendance

  • Arsenal produced a near perfect performance at the Emirates Stadium
  •  Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring with a sublime strike before Pablo Mari and Eddie Nketiah scored in the first half
  • Vienna pulled one goal back in the second half before substitute Emile Smith Rowe completed the rout 
  • The match was played in front of 2,000 supporters present following the government’s relaxing of health guidelines in several parts of UK

Arsenal continued their impressive 100 percent start to the Europa League this season with a dominant win on Thursday night.

Needing just a solitary point to secure top spot, Arsenal went into their home clash with the Austrian side off the back of four consecutive wins in the 2020/21 Europa League group stages.

Home has not been the happiest of places for Arsenal lately, losing their last three Emirates league games. In style, they showed up on Thursday night infront of 2,000 supporters.

Right from the kick-off Arsenal looked up for the game, playing with pace and purpose and drawing first blood via Alexandre Lacazette‘s stunning, bending long-range drive.

Pablo Mari – making his first start in six months – scored not long after with a lovely glanced header, before Eddie Nketiah grabbed a third just before half-time after reacting quickest to his own rebound.

Rapid Vienna grabbed a goal early after a poor piece of goalkeeping from Alex Runarsson, but Arsenal were never in fear of losing their lead with wave after wave of attack.

The fourth goal finally came via the boot of substitute Emile Smith Rowe, who had the simplest job of tapping into an empty net.

Mikel Arteta will be hoping of a similar performance from the side when the Gunners take on Tottenham in the North London derby.