Arsenal v Rapid Wien match report, 03/12/2020, UEFA Europa League

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Arsenal 4-1 Rapid Vienna: Lacazette rediscovers the scoring touch

Arsenal secured the top spot in Group B of the Europa League when Alexandre Lacazette scored an impressive goal in a 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna.

Alexandre Lacazette ended their scoring drought when Arsenal managed a 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna to secure first place in Group B of the Europa League.

Lacazette had eight games without scoring before the Gunners took the lead in the 10th minute Thursday with an impressive long-range shot.

Pablo Mari headed in the second from a corner before Eddie Nketiah finished off an elegant team goal a minute before half-time.

Arsenal, who had already qualified for the final 32 of the competition, conceded when Koya Kitagawa shot home early in the second half, but Emile Smith Rowe added a quarter to stifle any hope of a comeback.

Mikel Arteta made 11 changes from the team that lost 2-1 at home to Wolves in the Premier League last weekend and those involved got off to a high-paced start.

Rapid carelessly lost possession of a throw-in and the ball rebounded kindly for Lacazette, who made a spectacular deflection past goalkeeper Richard Strebinger.

The Gunners gave the 2,000 authorized fans inside Emirates Stadium another goal to cheer on after Mari’s head launched a Reiss Nelson corner kick into the net.

Nelson slashed the ball for Lacazette, who was operating in a slightly deeper role, just before half an hour, but this time he sent his effort into the post.

Arsenal left the Austrian side with a mountain to climb just before half-time when a deft passing movement saw Nketiah head the ball after Strebinger stopped his opening shot.

Rapid retired a goal two minutes after half-time when the ball passed through the area before it fell to Kitagawa and Kitagawa slipped into a crowded area.

But Arsenal regained their composure and Maitland-Niles capitalized on another Rapid error by putting in substitute Smith Rowe to seal the victory.

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