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Arsenal Set Unwanted Record In Europa League Tie Against Benfica

Arsenal Set Unwanted Record In Europa League Tie Against Benfica

Arsenal set an unwanted record during Thursday night’s Europa League draw with Benfica which ended 1-1- after being caught offside 10 times.

A Bukayo Saka equaliser saw Arsenal fight back from a goal down to snatch a draw – and an all-important away goal – in their Europa League last-32 first-leg clash in Rome.

Incredibly, the North Londoners were caught offside a staggering 10 times, which is more than any other Premier League side in all competitions this season.

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Club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was responsible for four of those.

The previous record had been held by Manchester United, who were flagged eight times during their goalless Premier League draw with Liverpool last month.

Crystal Palace were caught offside seven times in their 7-0 home mauling at the hands of Liverpool in December.

And a further eight teams have been penalised for forwards making their run too early on six occasions in a single game.

Bizarrely, of those eight teams, five of them ran out winners, despite their lack of concentration in attack.

Of the top 11 teams to have been caught offside most in a single game, four of those were playing against the high defensive line of Liverpool.

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