Nigerian born Forward Bukayo Saka emerged as the hero of the day as Arsenal came back from two-goals down to draw 2-2 at Standard Liege and progress to the last 32 of the Europa League as group winners.

 

The Gunners were all but through before kick-off, with the hosts needing to win 5-0 to prevent the visitors from going through to the knockout rounds; a result that looked even more unlikely after a goalless first half.

 

However, Samuel Bastien put the hosts ahead just after the restart when his shot deflected off Sokratis and beyond the wrong-footed Emiliano Martinez.

 

The goal boosted the hosts but visibly knocked the fragile confidence of the Arsenal players, who became even more nervy when Standard Liege got a second as Selim Amallah’s strike from inside the area flew into the far corner via a slight deflection off Konstantinos Mavropanos.

 

The goal then set things up for a tense final 20 minutes as the hosts pursued an unlikely result only for Captain of the Night, Alexandre Lacazette to settle the Gunners’ nerves when he converted a bullet of a header.

 

Saka,who had two minutes earlier assisted Lacazette with the first strike, then equalised with 10 minutes to go in the game as he curled a neat finish into the corner to secure the draw Arsenal needed to top Group F.

 

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