Europa: Arsenal Thrash BATE; Nwakaeme Out, Ogu In Action In Beer-Sheva Defeat

Europa: Arsenal Thrash BATE; Nwakaeme Out, Ogu In Action In Beer-Sheva Defeat

By Adeboye Amosu:

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi not in action as Arsenal defeated Bate Borisov 6-0 in their final Europa League group game at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.


Goals from Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud, Mohamed Elneny and an own goal by Dianiz Polyakov gave Arsenal the win.

The Gunners finished top of the group with 13 points.

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At the Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium, Super Eagles forward Anthony Nwakeme was also not listed for action as his Israeli team Hapoel Be’er Sheva crashed out of the competition following a 2-0 defeat against Czech Republic club Victoria Plzen.

His compatriot John Ogu was on the bench for the entire duration of the game.

Former Nigeria junior international Alhaji Gero saw action for 46 minutes as his Swedish club Oekstrands made it to the round of 32 courtesy of a 1-1 draw against Hertha Berlin.

Rio Olympics bronze medalist Ezekiel Imoh was also missing in action in his Turkish club Konyaspor’s 1-1 draw with Victoria Guimares.

Ezekiel’s countryman Friday Eze however made it to the bench in the game.

Former Super Eagles invitee Kingsley Madu made the starting line-up for Belgian club Zulte Waregem who defeated Italian club Lazio 3-2 in their inconsequential fixture.

Zulte Waregem had no hope of progressing to the next round prior to the game and finished in third position.

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