Arsenal progress in Europa League but Wilshere rues Red Star Belgrade acrobatics

Arsène Wenger had described it as his “biggest pleasant experience”. Never before, the Arsenal manager said, had he seen a squad that was so focused on every competition. In other words, his second-string team were on a mission to succeed in the Europa League.

They rather ran aground here in terms of the overall performance, which was a slog and made for tough viewing. They did manage to chisel out a limited crop of chances – for Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere – but they came to nought and the home support chuntered.

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