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Zürich v Arsenal Live Commentary, 08/09/2022

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M. Kryeziu (44 pen)
Marquinhos (16)
E. Nketiah (62)


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Next up, Zurich head to Servette in the Swiss Super League, with Arsenal hosting Everton in the Premier League.
Arsenal get their Europa League campaign off to a winning start, beating Zurich 2-1. The Gunners’ made seven changes from the side that lost to Manchester United on the weekend, with Nketiah and Marquinhos playing a key role in their victory over the Swiss champions. Arteta’s side opened the scoring when the pair combined on the counter, with Marquinhos latching onto Nketiah’s low cross and shooting the ball into the top corner. They then combined again in the second half, with the Englishman heading in the debutant's cross, giving Arsenal the lead for the second time after Kryeziu’s first half penalty.
90' + 3' Jesus bursts forward and plays the ball down the left to Xhaka. Putting a cross in, the midfielder looks for the striker, but the goalkeeper claims the ball. Saka, who was free at the back-post, looks frustrated that he did not receive the ball.
90' + 2' After losing just one of their first 11 home matches in the Europa League (W6 D4), Zurich have since lost each of their last two home matches in the competition before today.
90' + 1' Santini latches into a cross from Rohner but heads the ball straight into the gloves of Turner who dives on the ball.
90' + 1' There will be four minutes of additional time.
89' Holding brings down Santini on the edge of the box. As the last man, the Arsenal defender is saved by the offside flag.
87' GREAT SAVE! Zurich have started to commit men forward, allowing Arsenal to attack with more freedom. Down the left, Martinelli passes the ball to Jesus who is located inside the box, with his low shot pushed wide by the feet of Brecher.
85' Saka drives inside off the right after Xhaka plays him the ball, but his cross is intercepted and goes out for a corner.
82' Odegaard looks for Zinchenko down the left, but his pass has too much power with the ball rolling out for a goal-kick.
I. Santini
A. Tosin
80' Substitution for Zurich. Aiyegun is replaced by Santini.
D. Avdijaj
J. Okita
80' Substitution for Zurich. Okita is replaced by Avdijaj.
79' Xhaka looks for Martinelli on the edge of the box but his pass is intercepted.
Gabriel Jesus
E. Nketiah
78' Substitution for Arsenal. Nketiah is replaced by Jesus.
76' Zurich are behind but are being forced to sit deep due to Arsenal's attacking talent.
74' Odegaard plays the ball to Saka inside the box, but his cross is poor and Arsenal lose possession.
73' Nketiah is the fifth Englishman to score in three consecutive starts in the Europa League, after Bobby Zamora, Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane and James Tavernier.
72' Okita and Tosin combine, but Lokonga clears the ball away before it enters the box.
70' Okita cuts inside from the right and whips a tame shot wide.
B. Saka
69' Substitution for Arsenal. Marquinhos is replaced by Saka.
M. Ødegaard
Fábio Vieira
69' Substitution for Arsenal. Vieira is replaced by Odegaard
O. Zinchenko
K. Tierney
69' Substitution for Arsenal. Tierney is replaced by Zinchenko.
C. Condé
B. Džemaili
67' Substitution for Zurich. Dzemaili is replaced by Conde.
A. Marchesano
B. Krasniqi
67' Substitution for Zurich. Krasniqi is replaced by Marchesano.
F. Rohner
Adrián Guerrero
67' Substitution for Zurich. Guerrero is replaced by Rohner.
66' Boranijasevic shoots from distance, but his effort is directed over by Xhaka and out for a corner.
62' Marquinhos and Nketiah combine again, with the roles reversed for the second goal. The Brazilian spots the run from the forward, swinging the ball into the striker who gives Arsenal the lead.
E. Nketiah
62' GOALLLLL! NKETIAH SCORES! 2-1 ARSENAL! Marquinhos’ cross from the right is met by the striker, who heads the ball into the ground past Brecher.
61' Xhaka chips the ball to Martinelli who runs into the box, but the Brazilian volleys over. Xhaka does not look impressed by his shot at goal.
59' Ambitious attempt from Tosin. Spotting that Turner was off his line, the striker looks to chip the goalkeeper from just past the halfway line. However, his attempt is too low, allowing for an easy catch for the Arsenal man.
57' Marquinhos and Xhaka combine before the latter finds Martinelli. Bursting down the left, the Brazilian shoots over.
54' Lokonga finds Nketiah who evades a number of tackles before shooting straight at the goalkeeper with a tame attempt.
52' A low pass from Xhaka finds Tierney who drives a low shot straight at the goalkeeper from inside the box.
47' Nketiah shoots from just inside the box but bends his effort over the bar.
46' Martinelli cuts in from the left and unleashes a low curling shot from the edge of the box that is headed away by Kryeziu.
46' The game is back underway for the second half.
Arsenal have had plenty of possession but have failed to make it count. They are often inside Zurich’s final third, however, they have found it difficult to enter the box when the hosts have been in a defensive shape, with their goal coming from a counter-attack. As for the Swiss outfit, they have done well so far, but must remain resolute when Arteta brings on the likes of Jesus and Saka if the score remains level.
The score is level heading into the break. The better side for most of the first half, Arsenal broke the deadlock through Marquinhos, who directed Nketiah’s low cross into the top corner to score a debut goal. However, the Gunners’ provider for the opener was then at fault for Zurich’s equaliser, with Nketiah pushing over Aliti inside the box. Composed, Kryeziu slotted the ball into the bottom corner to level the score.
45' One minute of additional time at the end of the first half.
M. Kryeziu
Penalty Goal
44' GOAAALLL! KRYEZIU SCORES! 1-1! Kryeziu makes no mistake with the penalty, rolling the ball into the bottom left corner with Turner diving the other way.
43' PENALTY ZURICH! Nketiah brings down Aliti in the box with a push in the back.
38' Zurich have won three of their 10 matches against English opponents in Europe (L7), although all three victories came in home matches, most recently beating Aston Villa 2-0 in the Intertoto Cup in July 2002.
35' BIG CHANCE FOR ZURICH! Selnaes runs onto Okita's low cross from the right. He shoots low towards goal but Tierney diverts the ball over for a corner.
34' Nketiah looks to cut inside from within the box but runs into Kryeziu who tackles him.
32' Nketiah is always looking to run off his marker and does so once again with Gabriel launching the ball forward. However, the defender puts too much power on the pass with the ball rolling to the goalkeeper.
30' Tosin sees his shot from close range blocked by Holding, but the flag goes up with the forward in an offside position.
28' Martinelli looks for Nketiah with a disguised reverse pass, but the ball is intercepted inside the box.
25' SAVE! Xhaka receives the ball on the edge of the box. Shooting low, Brecher palms the ball out for a corner.
24' Marquinhos wins a corner after being tackled by Guerrero. However, the last touch seemed to be off the Arsenal man.
22' Arsenal look to go down the left once again. This time it is Tierney who runs into the space but he is tackled by Boranijasevic.
21' CLOSE! Vieira latches onto a smart lofted ball from Lokonga, chipping the ball over the goalkeeper, but also over the bar.
M. Kryeziu
Yellow Card
18' Yellow card for Kryeziu for a tackle on Marquinhos. Arsenal have a free-kick in a dangerous crossing position.
16' GOAAAAL! MARQUINHOS SCORES! 1-0 ARSENAL! Nketiah bursts down the left, putting a perfect cross into the feet of Marquinhos who directs the ball into the top corner from close range.
15' Xhaka now puts a cross in from the left. The ball evades the head of Vieira before Marquinhos shoots over.
14' Martinelli now tries an ambitious overhead kick after Tierney's cross was cleared to his feet, but the ball goes well wide.
11' CLOSE! Marquinhos' cross from the right is met by Martinelli, who flicks the ball just wide of the post.
8' Turner gives the ball away inside the box under pressure, but Tosin's shot from a tight angle is diverted out for a corner on the line by Holding.
6' Arsenal have won 75 per cent of their group stage matches in the Europa League (P24 W18 D4 L2). Of the 94 teams to have participated in the group stages of this competition on at least three previous occasions, only Zenit have a better win rate (79 per cent - 19/24).
3' Marquinhos looks for Tierney who bursts into the box but chips his pass over the head of the defender and to the Zurich goalkeeper.
1' Nketiah gets this Europa League clash underway.
Arsenal have won all six of their matches to date against Swiss opposition, though they will face Zurich for the first time. The Gunners’ last trip to Switzerland saw them defeat Basel in the Champions League in December 2016, with a hat-trick from Lucas Perez.
Arsenal makes seven changes to the side that were defeated by Manchester United on the weekend, with Turner and Marquinhos both making their debut. Holding, Tomiyasu, Tierney, Vieira and Nketiah all come into the team, with Ramsdale, Saliba, Odegaard, White, Jesus, Zinchenko and Saka all dropping to the bench.
Franco Foda makes four changes to his Zurich team that lost to Lugano last time out. Becir Omeragic, Mets, Avdijaj and Rohner all come out of the side, and are replaced by Aliti, Kamberi, Krasniqi and Okita.
ARSENAL SUBS: Aaron Ramsdale, Matthew Smith, William Saliba, Karl Hein, Martin Odegaard, Catalin Cirjan, Ben White, Amario Cozier-Duberry, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bukayo Saka.
ARSENAL (3-4-2-1): Matt Turner; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes; Marquinhos, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Tierney; Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah.
ZURICH SUBS: Fabian Rohner, Donis Avdijaj, Selmin Hodza, Gianni De Nitti, Zivko Kostadinovic, Cheick Oumar Conde, Becir Omeragic, Karol Mets, Ivan Santini, Marc Hornschuh, Bogdan V'Yunnik, Antonio Marchesano.
ZURICH (4-2-3-1): Yanick Brecher; Nikola Boranijasevic, Lindrit Kamberi, Mirlind Kryeziu, Fidan Aliti; Blerim Dzemaili, Ole Selnaes; Jonathan Okita, Bledian Krasniqi, Adria Guerrero; Aiyegun Tosin.
As for Arsenal, they have had a strong start to their Premier League campaign, winning five of their first six games. However, they were beaten in their most recent match, losing 3-1 to Manchester United. With no European football last term, Mikel Arteta’s side last competed in the Europa League during the 2020/21 season, where they were eliminated by Villarreal at the semi-final stage.
Zurich have had a difficult start to their Swiss Super League campaign and are winless in their opening seven games. Last time out, they suffered their fifth defeat of the season, losing 2-1 against Lugano. Zurich last competed in the Europa League during the 2018/19 season, where they were knocked out by Napoli in the round of 32.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Europa League clash between Zurich and Arsenal.