Arobatic effort from Olivier Giroud gives Arsenal win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade

Olivier Giroud scored a stunning winner as a much-changed Arsenal side saw off 10-man Red Star Belgrade in their Europa League clash.

Arsene Wenger made nine alterations from the team that lost at Waford on Saturday and it was an underwhelming display from his side until Giroud's overhead kick five minutes from time settled the game in favour of the visitors.

The 1-0 win maintains Arsenal's perfect start to their Europa League campaign as they move closer to qualifying for the round of 32.

Man of the Match - Jack Wilshere

The England midfielder is really grabbing his chance to shine in this competition with both hands and he was the best player on show yet again. Wenger has resisted starting him in the Premier League but he must be close to breaking into that side with more performances like this.

Moment of the Match -

Giroud now has 101 goals for Arsenal and some of them have been memorable strikes - his goal here joins that list as he did well to convert Theo Walcott's cross and secure another three Europa League points for his side.

Tweet of the Match -

"That goal from Giroud for #Arsenal was better looking than he is. Discuss." - The Short Fuse, the Arsenal branch of American fan blog SB Nation, goes all weak at the knees

Data Point -

Mathieu Debuchy made his first Arsenal appearance in 11 months, having played just 16 minutes in the last two and a half years for the Gunners.

Ratings -


Petr Cech: 8

Mathieu Debuchy: 7

Mohamed Elneny: 7

Rob Holding: 6

Reiss Nelson: 7

Francis Coquelin: 6

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 6

Joe Willock: 7

Theo Walcott: 6

Jack Wilshere: 8

Olivier Giroud: 7

Substitutes -

Marcus McGuane (for Nelson, 89): 6

Ben Sheaf (for Coquelin, 90): 6

Red Star Belgrade

Milan Borjan: 7

Filip Stojkovic: 6

Milan Rodic: 5

Vujadin Savic: 6

Damien Le Tallec: 6

Nenad Krsticic: 7

Mitchell Donald: 6

Slavoljub Srnic: 6

Guelor Kanga: 6

Nemanja Radonjic: 7

Richmond Boakye: 7

Substitutes -

Srdan Babic (for Savic, 66): 6

Aleksandar Pesic (for Boakye, 80): 6

Who's up next?

Red Star v Mladost Lucani (Serbian SuperLiga, October 22)

Everton v Arsenal (Premier League, October 22)

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