Arsenal beat FC Zurich by 1-0 to seal the top spot in the group
On Thursday 3rd November 2022, the final group stage game of the Europa League was scheduled, in which the current Premier League leaders Arsenal at the Emirates stadium beat FC Zürich by 1-0, and secured their spot on the top of the group.
All the insights from the match
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal had already qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League but a win against FC Zürich ensured their top spot in Group A.
Inside the starting 20 minutes of the game, a loose ball fell invitingly to Kieran Tierney at the top of the penalty area, seeing this he took his chance well and smashed a first-time shot which passed the FC Zürich goalkeeper Yanick Brecher towards his far post.
This was the only goal scored in the game Arsenal vs FC Zürich which put Arsenal on the winning side right away.
If Arsenal would have lost the game and would have finished second in the group then they would have still qualified for the super sixteen, but they fought hard and prevailed in the top spot.
Arsenal dominated the opening 45 minutes of the match by outshooting FC Zürich 12-4 and spending most of the time in the attack.
But, only Kieran Tierney's opening goal was in the show that took a 1-0 lead into half-time. The hosts spurned numerous opportunities to double their advantage and were almost made to pay.
Gabriel Jesus unwittingly kept out a goal-bound shot from teammate Fabio Vieira when it struck him a few yards out with Brecher beaten.
FC Zürich had the ball in the back of the net from a rare foray forward in the second half, but Adrian Guerrero was flagged for offside.
It was clearly seen during the match that FC Zürich wasted a number of late handful chances to snatch a draw.
The visitors FC Zürich continued to frustrate Arsenal throughout the second half to set up a nervy finish, coming inches from an equalizer in the 80th minute when Bohdan Viunnyk's rocket from distance just missed the top-left corner.
Arsenal defender Rob Holding stood tall as FC Zürich pushed for an equalizer and had a well-rounded performance.
Some of the FC Zürich fans in the stands let off flares during the Europa League Group A soccer match between Arsenal and FC Zürich at the Emirates stadium in London.
Despite winning five out of their six group games, PSV made it hard work for Arsenal to win the group as the Dutch side finished second on 13 points and will await the results of Monday's draw to see who they face in the playoff.
Arsenal will learn their round-of-16 opponent in the draw on February 24th, 2022, following the conclusion of the playoff round matches between the eight second-place finishers in the Europa League and their third-place counterparts from the Champions League.
- Arsenal vs FC Zürich
Answer - Full time: Arsenal 1 Zurich 0. The top spot is secured. Arsenal achieve their stated target and are through to the last 16, with no extra game in February.
- Arsenal vs FC Zürich standings
Answer - Arsenal played against FC Zürich in 1 match this season. Currently, Arsenal rank 1st, while FC Zürich holds 4th position. Looking to compare?
- Arsenal vs FC Zürich stats
Answer - Kieran Tierney's sublime first-half strike was enough to ensure Arsenal held onto the top spot in Europa League Group A as FC Zurich was beaten 1-0.
- Arsenal vs FC Zürich highlights
Answer - Arsenal vs FC Zurich HIGHLIGHTS: UEFA Europa League HIGHLIGHTS: ARS 1-0 FCZ, A lone goal from Kieran Tierney help Arsenal narrowly edge.
- Arsenal vs FC Zürich player ratings
Answer - Arsenal player rating gallery: Two players score 9/10 and four land 5/10 in a 1-0 win over FC Zurich · 1. Eddie Nketiah. Willing and full of legs.