As it happened: Arsenal 3-0 BATE (3-1 aggregate) - Gunners make it through in Europe
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As it happened: Arsenal 3-0 BATE (3-1 aggregate) - Gunners make it through in Europe

Arsenal host BATE Borisov in the second-leg of the Europa League round of 32 as the Gunners look to overturn a one goal deficit. 

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Arsenal are now entered in to the Europa League draw for the last 16 which will take place tomorrow. 

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FULL TIME: ARSENAL 3-0 BATE BORISOV (3-1 agg)

Arsenal are through to the next round of the Europa League on what was a comfortable night largely due to a fast start from the Gunners which saw them take the lead after four minutes.

Mustafi added a second from a corner just before half time and substitute Sokratis rounded off the scoring with a free header to send Arsenal through to the next round. A professional performance after a dreadful first leg.
90' Two minutes added time left to play.
84' Big shout for handball for Arsenal, they want a penalty. The referee thinks about it but eventually waves play on. Still 3-0 (3-1 agg)
78' Suarez replaces Mkhitaryan. He's been a bright spark for Arsenal tonight.
77' Denis Suarez is coming on to make his first appearance at the Emirates.
76' Aubameyang stands over a free kick from about 30 yards. Doesn't hit it very cleanly and it's straight down the throat of the keeper.
75' You know its comfortable when Lichtsteiner is pulling out a backheel. BATE look spent and Arsenal are more than happy to keep the ball and try to create more.
71' Should have been four. Arsenal break in numbers and Mkhitaryan feeds Aubameyang who tries to chip it over the keeper, he executes the chip well but it rolls wide.
70' Arsenal in cruise control here, could be a good opportunity to gain some confidence by scoring a few more goals.
67' Ozil squanders a good chance to get a fourth. Sokratis leaps and flicks the ball on to Ozil who has a chance in front of goal and takes it first time but slices his effort.
63' Guendouzi is replaced by Lucas Torreira. 
Ozil whips in a good delivery, the keeper comes charging out but completely misses the ball and Sokratis is on hand to head it into the empty net. Breathing space for the Gunners.
GOAL FOR ARSENAL 3-0 SOKRATIS. (3-1 agg)
60' Arsenal win yet another corner from more good work from Mkhitaryan who has looked dangerous for the hosts tonight.
60' Alexander Hleb is on to make his return to the Emirates Stadium. Receives a good reception from the Arsenal crowd.
59' Mkhitaryan arrives at the back post to meet Iwobi's cross but his effort goes the wrong side of the post.
Looks like a calf problem for the Arsenal skipper.
56' First change of the match and it's a forced one. Sokratis is back from injury and replaces the Arsenal captain Koscielny.
55' Looks as if Koscielny is going to be forced off with injury. Sokratis being prepared to come on.
54' Arsenal drive forward again quickly as Guendouzi finds Ozil who shifts the ball to Iwobi but the keeper makes a comfortable save to tip away Iwobi's low shot.
50' It's another one sent in to the stands by Xhaka, he hasn't got his shooting boots on today. Some more intricate football from Arsenal with Ozil and Mkhitaryan at the heart of it.
49' Arsenal fail to clear and there is a scrap for the ball in the box. Cech makes a smart save in the end.
48' Some quick football from the Gunners sees Ozil and Mkhitaryan link up with some one touch passing, the ball falls to Guendouzi who tries to curl one in the top corner but sends it high and wide. Slick passing from the Gunners.
46' Arsenal get us back underway for the second half.
HALF TIME: Arsenal 2-0 BATE Borisov, (2-1 agg)

An own goal from Vosklov gave Arsenal an early lead before Mustafi doubled the Gunners' advantage with a header. 

Positive half from Arsenal sees them take the lead in the tie.

BATE Borisov will have to come out and score if they are to progress in the tie.
45' Arsenal break at pace but the final pass is intercepted as Guendouzi fails to pick out Iwobi or Ozil.
43' Arsenal go quickly from the free kick and catch BATE off guard and Aubameyang has a chance from a tight angle but the keeper reacts well and prevents the Arsenal striker from making it three.
Xhaka sends in the corner and Mustafi gets the run on his man and powers a header past the keeper. Unai Emery was miming the action on the touchline and looks delighted at his side taking the lead on aggregate.
40' It's Shkodran Mustafi who puts Arsenal ahead on aggregate. An eighth Arsenal corner of the night and they've finally made one count. 

39' GOAL FOR ARSENAL 2-0, (2-1 agg) Mustafi  

38' Mkhitaryan weaves his way in and out of the BATE full-back and beats him easily, he delivers another good cross which falls to Ozil who volleys just over the bar.
34' Lichtsteiner is the next to have a go from distance and he gets it all wrong. A tricky volley is not executed at all well from the Swiss right-back.
32' Arsenal move the ball quickly down the left wing but Ozil misses the ball completely with an air kick, it falls to Xhaka on the edge of the box but he sends the ball into orbit. Still 1-1 on aggregate. 
30' Iwobi finds Aubameyang who leaps well to win a header but his header drops over the bar and on to the roof of the net.
29' Lichtsteiner sends in a cross and picks out Aubameyang, he has time to bring the ball down and turn but he can only send a weak effort towards goal.
28' Ozil lifts in a dangerous cross, Volkov heads it over his own bar and Arsenal have another corner. It's taken short and Mkhitaryan sends in  another cross with plenty of pace but it's cleared.
27' BATE have settled in to the game. Sitting very deep in  when Arsenal have possession.
20' Strong effort from Xhaka from distance, have seen him score from there several times. Goalkeeper pushes it over for a corner.
19' Shout for a penalty for Arsenal from the crowd more than the players admittedly. Waved away from the referee. 
18' Xhaka delivers a good cross from deep but Mkhitaryan can only get a glance to it with his head and it goes well wide of the target.
15' Arsenal just starting to get a bit more control after a few dangerous BATE counter attacks. Ozil has made a good impact and is making things happen in attack for Arsenal.
12' There's been chances at both ends, certainly been an open game in the first twelve minutes at the Emirates. Expect there to be a few more goals tonight.
9' CHANCE. BATE almost get an equaliser. Lichtsteiner has to make a last ditch block on the line to prevent the visitors from getting a precious away goal.
8' Another half chance for Arsenal. Good work from Iwobi and Ozil pulls it back for Mkhitaryan on the edge of the box but he sends his effort well over the bar.
6' CLOSE. Iwobi curls an effort from just inside the box looking to bend it in to the top cop corner, his effort goes a few inches wide. More positive signs for Arsenal, they look up for it tonight.
Think Arsenal have already created more chances in the first five minutes than they did in the whole of the game last week.
4' Aubameyang bursts down the right wing and drills the ball across the box, Volkov deflects the ball past his keeper in to his own net. What a start for Arsenal.
4' GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 BATE Borisov. Volkov O.G
3' Good involvement from Ozil early on, delivers a quick one, two and wins Arsenal a corner.
2' Early chance for Arsenal as Lichtsteiner gets forward and delivers a cross, it find Iwobi who has a shot but his effort is easily saved. Positive start for the Gunners.
1' BATE Borisov get us underway
Attendance looks respectable considering the early kick off time at the Emirates tonight.
 Arsenal have gone out of European competition in the last six ties where they have trailed from the first leg. Chance to put that right tonight.
Just a reminder that this game could go the distance to extra-time and penalties this evening. Would require a 1-0 Arsenal win to go to extra time. 
Probably shouldn't underestimate Arsenal's opposition tonight considering the 1-0 defeat last week. 

However, on a playable pitch it should be expected that Arsenal will win fairly comfortably tonight.

They did beat BATE Borisov 6-0 at the Emirates last season in the Europa League group stages.
13 years ago to the day, Arsenal became the first English side to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu as Thierry Henry scored a spectacular solo goal.

Bit of a different task tonight for Arsenal against the mighty BATE Borisov.
Praying that the second leg won't be as dull as the first. Unlikely with Ozil in the starting eleven. Either way entertainment should be provide whether that is redemption for the Gunners after a dreadful first-leg or an embarrassing European night at the prospect of losing to BATE.
Arsenal bench: Sokratis, Ramsey, Torreira, Leno, Suarez, Kolasinac, Nketiah.
Most notably for the visitors, no place in the starting XI for former Arsenal man Alex Hleb who is among the substitutes on his return to his former club. 
BATE Borisov line-up: Shcherbitski, Pios, Volkov, Filipenko, Simovic. Dragun, Milic, Baga, Stasevich, Skavysh.
Aaron Ramsey returns to the squad and is on the bench, as does Sokratis Papastathopoulos. New signing Denis Suarez also makes the bench and would be in line to make his home debut if he comes on today. 
Unai Emery has switched to a back four with Nacho Monreal preferred to Sead Kolasinac at left-back. 

Arsenal line-up: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang.
Team news is out and the biggest news is that Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal.
Join us here at VAVEL UK an hour before kick off for all the latest team news and information ahead of the match.
Emery said: “Mostly, the key is his hand and he is working very well this week and I ask him in our conversations to be consistent, to be available for us training, when you can train with quality and consistency, it can help us with the best performance after in the games. Now, this week is good for all the players, because we are in a big, important moment for the season and I look at him doing the training like we want. I know he wants, but we need to be consistent and available in training and the matches without the injuries and without being sick. Like that, we can find and see the best Mesut with us.”
Many Arsenal fans will be expecting of a return to the squad for Ozil who has missed out on several occasions this season, often to the detriment of the team as Arsenal have lost seven of the 14 matches that the German has not played this season.
Despite Lacazette being suspended for the second leg there is some good team news for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are both back in contention to play after missing the first leg and Sokratis Papastathopoulos has returned to full training.
Unai Emery will be hoping that his side can conjure a more inspiring performance than last weeks as he lost his first game in European competition with the Gunners having remained unbeaten throughout the group stages.
The two sides are no strangers having also met in last year’s Europa League campaign, with Arsenal claiming victory on both occasions, first beating Borisov 4-2 away from home before thumping them 6-0 at the Emirates.
Arsenal were lacklustre in defeat in the first-leg last Thursday which leaves them with a 1-0 aggregate score line to try and overcome at the Emirates Stadium. Stanislav Dragun’s header on the stroke of half-time was enough to give the Belarus outfit an edge going into the second leg at the Emirates.


Welcome
Hello and welcome to VAVEL’s live commentary text as Arsenal face BATE Borisov in the second leg of the first Europa League knockout rounds. I’m Andy Preston and I’ll be giving you minute-by-minute live updates as the Gunners look to salvage their European campaign after a dreadful first-leg in Belarus.
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