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Draw sends Arsenal into Europa League last 32

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal reached the knockout stages of the Europa League despite a goalless draw against Red Star Belgrade.

Striker Olivier Giroud, who scored a late winner in the reverse fixture, was guilty of missing a number of chances, twice being thwarted by Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan and shooting wide from inside the area.

The game's best chance fell to midfielder Jack Wilshere, but his shot from close range was cleared off the line.

Serbian side Red Star had opportunities themselves, but striker Richmond Boakye could not hit the target with efforts in each half.

The Premier League side top Group H with 10 points from four games and Cologne's 5-2 win over Bate Borisov in the group's other game allowed them to progress.

England hopefuls fail to impress

Manager Arsene Wenger had said before the game that Wilshere was "ready" for an England recall, but the midfielder was left out of Gareth Southgate's latest squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil later this month.

Wilshere has largely been fielded in the cup competitions this season and showed glimpses of his capabilities by bursting forward with the ball from midfield, but his performance was not one where Southgate will be left reconsidering his decision.

The former Bournemouth loanee could have settled the game in the second half, but his dinked shot was kept out acrobatically by visiting defender Damien Le Tallec.

Another player left out of the Three Lions squad, Theo Walcott, was given the captain's armband for the night but he too failed to impress, being unable to exert his influence on the game.

The 28-year-old has played nearly 400 games for the Gunners since signing as a teenager from Southampton in 2005, but now has to be content with a playing in a second-string side.

Walcott headed wide from a Wilshere cross in the second half and miscued a shot from inside the six yard box with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Should Wilshere be in the England squad?

The last of of Wilshere's 34 caps for the national team came in their humiliating 2-1 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016. Asked by contributors to #bbcfootball whether the 25-year-old should be included, they said:

Kyle Warwick: Wilshere is our most talented midfielder - his big problem is time on the field. If he gets that he's in the squad at least.

Matthew Harris: I remember Jack Wilshere playing well for England. Maybe because I don't force myself to forget to protect my prejudices.

Jason Talbot: Someone said Jack Wilshere never played well for England! Five man-of-the-match awards on the spin, two goals away from home.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 54Macey
  • 2Debuchy
  • 35El Neny
  • 16HoldingBooked at 70mins
  • 61Nelson
  • 69WillockSubstituted forNketiahat 68'minutes
  • 34Coquelin
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 14Walcott
  • 10Wilshere
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 3Osei-Tutu
  • 32Akpom
  • 33Cech
  • 43Da Silva
  • 58McGuane
  • 62Nketiah
  • 65Sheaf

Red Star Belgrade

  • 82Borjan
  • 30Stojkovic
  • 90Savic
  • 4Le Tallec
  • 77Gobeljic
  • 20Donald
  • 7Krsticic
  • 55SrnicSubstituted forRacicat 86'minutes
  • 8KangaSubstituted forMilicat 70'minutes
  • 49RadonjicSubstituted forPesicat 89'minutes
  • 14Boakye

Substitutes

  • 5Frimpong
  • 6Racic
  • 11Adzic
  • 15Babic
  • 16Milic
  • 27Supic
  • 45Pesic
Referee:
Luca Banti

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamRed Star Belgrade
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 0, Crvena Zvezda 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 0, Crvena Zvezda 0.

Attempt missed. Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Gobeljic (Crvena Zvezda).

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Aleksandar Pesic replaces Nemanja Radonjic.

Attempt missed. Rob Holding (Arsenal) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Filip Stojkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Uros Racic replaces Slavoljub Srnic.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Filip Stojkovic (Crvena Zvezda) because of an injury.

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

Richmond Boakye (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Richmond Boakye (Crvena Zvezda) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nemanja Milic with a through ball.

Offside, Arsenal. Reiss Nelson tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

Offside, Crvena Zvezda. Milan Borjan tries a through ball, but Nemanja Milic is caught offside.

Corner, Crvena Zvezda. Conceded by Mohamed El Neny.

Booking

Rob Holding (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rob Holding (Arsenal).

Slavoljub Srnic (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Nemanja Milic replaces Guélor Kanga.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Joe Willock.

Foul by Rob Holding (Arsenal).

Guélor Kanga (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Mitchell Donald (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Filip Stojkovic (Crvena Zvezda).

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richmond Boakye (Crvena Zvezda).

Attempt missed. Joe Willock (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

Offside, Crvena Zvezda. Slavoljub Srnic tries a through ball, but Richmond Boakye is caught offside.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Damien Le Tallec.

Attempt saved. Slavoljub Srnic (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Guélor Kanga.

Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nenad Krsticic (Crvena Zvezda).

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mohamed El Neny.

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