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Arsenal finish top of UEL Group F

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Arsenal finished top of Group L Europa League after a 2-2 score draw with Standard Liege at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Thursday night.
The Gunners needed to avoid defeat by a five-goal margin to be sure of qualifying, and even when the hosts went 2-0 up through deflected second-half strikes that outcome never looked likely, but with Eintracht Frankfurt winning against Vitoria, Freddie Ljungberg’s side looked set to surrender top spot.
The Sweedish coach made nine changes to the side for his first European game in charge, with only Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sokratis surviving from the win over West Ham.
However, Samuel Bastien’s effort deflected off Sokratis, wrongfooting Emi Martinez and finding the net two minutes into the second half before Selim Amallah doubled the lead after Joe Willock had lost possession in his own penalty area, finding the far corner via the hand of Dinos Mavropanos, and for a moment Gunners fans may have been fearing the 5-0 was on.
But two late goals Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka saw Arsenal fight back to earn a point, while an even later turnaround in Frankfurt means the north London side go through as group winners, thus avoiding a potential tie against the likes of Ajax or Inter Milan, who drop out of the Champions League.

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