It was a pretty disastrous evening for Arsenal who came undone against Bate Borisov in what could only be described as a pathetic excuse for a performance from a Premier League side.
It’s moments like these you expect a club to come out, hold their hands up, and offer fans a full refund for their troubles.
A trip to Belarus on a Thursday night is not small-order, after all. But the Arsenal faithful have been left with nothing but questions after their dismal fall against a valiant Bate side.
Namely: ‘do we genuinely want to win the Europa League, or have we given up on that as well?’
The visitors predictably had the lions share of chances in the opening stages, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette both wasteful, before Bate’s Dragun capitalised on his own opportunity and powerfully headed home the first of the game past a helpless Petr Cech.
Following the break Emery’s team talk looked to have done the trick as Lacazette equalised in the 56th minute only to find his goal ruled out by an offside call.
This would mark the end of Arsenal’s game after they limped to the end of the 90 minutes with scant few opportunities to discuss, even after throwing on Lucas Torreira, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Suarez.
It’s a tough job to select an ‘unsung hero’ following such a dismal result, but our recommendation is Kolasinac. The big Bosnian defender has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent players since returning from injury and Thursday night was no different.
He was unlucky to be beaten by Dragun for Bate’s goal and was clearly out to make amends for the remainder of the game.
Tireless efforts up and down the pitch went unanswered by his teammates, and we can’t help but wonder that, if they had of won, it would have been hailed as one of his finest performances of the season.