Rapid Wien vs Arsenal: Aubameyang inspires Arsenal to 2-1 victory

Rapid Wien vs Arsenal: Aubameyang inspires Arsenal to 2-1 victory

- Rapid Wien suffered a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in their Europa League Group B opener

- David Luiz and Pierre-Emerich Aubameyang scored the two goals that handed the Gunners the victory

- Mikel Arteta's men bounced back to winning ways after their slim defeat to Manchester City last weekend

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Arsenal got their Europa League campaign off on a winning note following their 2-1 victory over Rapid Wien.

The North Londoners headed into the game on the back of their slim defeat to Manchester City in their last Premier League outing last weekend.

Mikel Arteta's men have however pushed the defeat back as they went away from home to claim maximum points as they aim for their first European title.

Both clubs managed to keep a clean sheet all through the opening half after failing to find the back of the net.

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Rapid Wien vs Arsenal: Aubameyang inspires Arsenal to 2-1 Europa League victory
Rapid Wien vs Arsenal: Gunners celebrating their victory in their Europa League opener. Photo by Chris Hofer.
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However, the hosts broke the deadlock just six minutes into resumption with Taxiarchis Fountas powering a low shot from close range into the net.

The 25-year-old benefited from a poor clearance from Bernd Leno before firing his side ahead in the 51st minute.

However, the Gunners turned the table around after scoring twice in the space of three minutes and return to take the lead for the first time.

David Luiz restored parity for the visitors' 70th minute after towering towards Nicolas Pepe's cross from the right-wing.

The Brazilian jumped way higher than the opponent's defenders and headed the ball beyond Richard Strebinger's reach.

Four minutes later, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled his side's lead after tapping into the net from the six-yard box.

Hector Bellerin bagged the assist for the goal as the Gunners top the Group B table with three points after matchday one.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Barcelona began their campaign in the 2020-21 Champions League season on a winning note following a 5-1 win over Ferencvaros.

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Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele all got their names on the scoresheet while Igor Kharatin scored the only goal for the Hungarian side. La Blaugrana started the match on a strong note as Messi won a penalty off Adnan Kovacevic and the Argentine converted the resulting spot-kick to make it 1-0 in the 27th minute.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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