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Huddersfield vs Manchester United, Premier League: live score updates and team news

  3:00PM KICK-OFF Huddersfield get the game started. 2:51PM What to expect Hello everyone, welcome to our liveblog. Man Utd haven't been the most exciting team to watch in the world for their last few matches and are coming into this one off the back of a tough midweek fixture away at Benfica. Mourinho tends to keep things tight and look to steal 1-0 or 2-0 wins on the counter-attack on this sorts of occasions and has gone for the usual 4-2-3-1 shape. Huddersfield have found life difficult in the Premier League after a decent start and defeat here could put them in the relegation zone, if Leicester win their game. 2:34PM Starting lineups Huddersfield TEAM NEWS: #htafc’s starting line-up: Lössl; Löwe, Schindler, Zanka, Smith; Hogg, Williams; Ince, Mooy, Kachunga; Depoitre (AT)— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) October 21, 2017 Man Utd Here's how #MUFC will line up for #HUDMUN... pic.twitter.com/Ej4u8YIJkl— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 21, 2017   2:31PM Preview What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at the John Smith's Stadium. When is it? This Saturday, October 21. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm kick-off. What TV channel is it on? Because of the English football TV blackout, this one will not be broadcast live in the UK. However, highlights will be broadcast on Match of the Day at 10.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow live updates here throughout the match. What does the PL table look like?  What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie will return to the squad for the home game against Manchester United. The Benin international, who has missed the last four league games, has trained all week and could go straight into David Wagner's starting line-up. Midfielder Philip Billing is waiting to learn whether he requires surgery on the ankle he twisted in last week's defeat at Swansea and could be out for 12 weeks. Collin Quaner, Kasey Palmer and Michael Hefele are still out. Provisional squad: Lossl, Malone, Schindler, Jorgensen, Smith, Williams, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Ince, Kachunga, Depoitre, Mounie, Lowe, Coleman, Cranie, Hadergjonaj, Sabiri. Pick your Huddersfield team to play Man Utd Manchester United Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will be fit for this weekend's trip to Huddersfield after an injury scare. The 19-year-old limped off in the Champions League win at Benfica on Wednesday with a knee issue, but Jose Mourinho has confirmed the forward will be available on Saturday. United midfielders Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba all remain out through injury, as does Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo. Eric Bailly is also sidelined, while Phil Jones is pushing for a return. Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Rojo, Young, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial. Pick your Man Utd team to play Huddersfield What are they saying?   David Wagner: "Maybe this is the right time, we have to make sure we are totally clear what made us strong in the past and we do not forget where we are and where we came from," Wagner said. "We should not make (this) one mistake, and I know our supporters will not make (this) one mistake. "Do not take the extraordinary as ordinary, do not take the unusual as usual. "If we start to expect these things, it will cause big problems. Our clear vision is that we still have no limits, but we do not have expectations that are unrealistic." Jose Mourinho: "I think it's my fault," Mourinho said of the criticism. "Because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles. "Other people have more time than I have. Other people have different standards than I have and that's not a problem for me at all. "We are going to lose matches, that's obvious, and I can imagine we are going to have even more criticism than we have now. But, honestly, no problem." What are the odds? Huddersfield to win 17/2 Draw 15/4 Man Utd to win 2/5 What's our prediction? Ten wins and two draws hardly smacks of crisis but all eyes will be on whether Jose Mourinho adopts a similar bus-parking mentality as in last week’s wretched goalless draw at Anfield. Huddersfield have collected three points from their last 18. Prediction 0-2 Ian Whittell

How to Watch Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester United: Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Manchester United will look to keep up its strong start to the season when they travel to Kirlees Stadium to take on Huddersfield Town.

United sits in second in the Premier League with 20 points from the first eight games, just two points behind crosstown rival and leaders Manchester City. United have also been flying high in the Champions League, sitting comfortable atop with a perfect nine points through three games. Last weekend, United utilized a conservative game plan to stifle Liverpool at Anfield en route to a 0-0 draw before traveling to Portugal and beating Benfica 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Huddersfield Town, which was promoted by winning the Championship playoffs last season, sit in 13th place with nine points from eight games, but the Terriers are trending the wrong direction. After starting the Premier League campaign with two straight victories, Huddersfield is winless in its last six, earning just three points after that dream beginning.

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Time: Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:00 a.m. ET

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Jose Mourinho insists criticism of Manchester United is his fault – because people are used to him winning titles 

Jose Mourinho believes he is a victim of his own success and that his sea of silverware has led to him being judged more harshly than many of his peers. The Manchester United manager also reacted to recent criticism of his team’s defensive approach against Liverpool and Benfica by indicating that it is “difficult” for his side to play expansively in all matches. Mourinho arguably received more criticism for a goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday than Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger incurred after respective defeats to bottom club Crystal Palace and Watford. But as United prepare to face Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon hoping to record their 11th win in 13 matches this season, Mourinho believes he is paying the price for a gilded 17-year managerial career, during which time he has won 25 leading trophies across four countries. “I think it’s my fault, because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles,” he said. “Other people have more time than I have. Other people have different standards than I have and that’s not a problem for me at all. We are going to lose matches, that’s obvious, and I can imagine we are going to have even more criticism than we have now, but honestly, [it’s] no problem.” Asked if the criticism was born of jealously, Mourinho said: “I don’t care about what it is. I simply don’t care.” Mourinho has said he know his side cannot score four goals in each game Credit: REUTERS United have scored four goals in half of their past 12 fixtures, but whereas Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side will look to play on the front foot in all matches, Mourinho was adamant he will adopt a more cautious mindset when necessary. “I know my team cannot score four, five or six every match. I know that, especially with a certain profile of matches, it is difficult for us to score a lot of goals,” he said. “We have to try to find balances and I’m really happy with what the team is doing. Critics - no problem.” Although Marcus Rashford is fit to face Huddersfield after being substituted with a knee problem against Benfica, United remain without Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw could also be missing against Huddersfield after neither reported at the Lowry hotel with the rest of the squad on Friday.  Zlatan Mourinho said he expects Ibrahimovic to return before the end of the year but again claimed he could not put a timescale on when Pogba would be back. The France midfielder is currently in Miami recovering from a serious hamstring injury that has kept him out for over five weeks. “I have no idea [when he will be back],” said Mourinho, who added that he is only a “moaner” when it comes to fixture issues and not injuries. “If you ask if he can play next week against Tottenham then I don’t know. I’m not telling you no, then he plays, and then you say I lied. I really don’t know. I expect Eric Bailly to be back next week. I cannot tell you about Fellaini or Pogba.” Asked why Pogba was in Miami and not continuing his rehabilitation in Manchester like Ibrahimovic, Mourinho said. “You will have to ask Dr [Steve] McNally. He is responsible for that. I’m not happy or unhappy [about it]. It’s not my responsibility. I’m in control of the players who are available.”

Jose Mourinho insists criticism of Manchester United is his fault – because people are used to him winning titles 

Jose Mourinho believes he is a victim of his own success and that his sea of silverware has led to him being judged more harshly than many of his peers. The Manchester United manager also reacted to recent criticism of his team’s defensive approach against Liverpool and Benfica by indicating that it is “difficult” for his side to play expansively in all matches. Mourinho arguably received more criticism for a goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday than Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger incurred after respective defeats to bottom club Crystal Palace and Watford. But as United prepare to face Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon hoping to record their 11th win in 13 matches this season, Mourinho believes he is paying the price for a gilded 17-year managerial career, during which time he has won 25 leading trophies across four countries. “I think it’s my fault, because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles,” he said. “Other people have more time than I have. Other people have different standards than I have and that’s not a problem for me at all. We are going to lose matches, that’s obvious, and I can imagine we are going to have even more criticism than we have now, but honestly, [it’s] no problem.” Asked if the criticism was born of jealously, Mourinho said: “I don’t care about what it is. I simply don’t care.” Mourinho has said he know his side cannot score four goals in each game Credit: REUTERS United have scored four goals in half of their past 12 fixtures, but whereas Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side will look to play on the front foot in all matches, Mourinho was adamant he will adopt a more cautious mindset when necessary. “I know my team cannot score four, five or six every match. I know that, especially with a certain profile of matches, it is difficult for us to score a lot of goals,” he said. “We have to try to find balances and I’m really happy with what the team is doing. Critics - no problem.” Although Marcus Rashford is fit to face Huddersfield after being substituted with a knee problem against Benfica, United remain without Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw could also be missing against Huddersfield after neither reported at the Lowry hotel with the rest of the squad on Friday.  Zlatan Mourinho said he expects Ibrahimovic to return before the end of the year but again claimed he could not put a timescale on when Pogba would be back. The France midfielder is currently in Miami recovering from a serious hamstring injury that has kept him out for over five weeks. “I have no idea [when he will be back],” said Mourinho, who added that he is only a “moaner” when it comes to fixture issues and not injuries. “If you ask if he can play next week against Tottenham then I don’t know. I’m not telling you no, then he plays, and then you say I lied. I really don’t know. I expect Eric Bailly to be back next week. I cannot tell you about Fellaini or Pogba.” Asked why Pogba was in Miami and not continuing his rehabilitation in Manchester like Ibrahimovic, Mourinho said. “You will have to ask Dr [Steve] McNally. He is responsible for that. I’m not happy or unhappy [about it]. It’s not my responsibility. I’m in control of the players who are available.”

Graeme Souness – 'I just grew up having this ridiculous belief in my own ability'

Introspection, you quickly grasp, is hardly Graeme Souness’s style. He’s no navel gazer, no what-might-have-been merchant. Why, he never so much as glances at his YouTube footage to be reminded of some of football’s most full-blooded moments. What you see is what you get: clarity, honesty, straight-talking. He’s a spontaneous sort. He has a wanderlust, he says, and was never cut out to be a one-club player or a one-club manager: do your best all the time and move on to the next challenge is his credo. And so he’s not overly interested analysing past mistakes. “My career has been the best part of 50 years. If I had to go through it all again, I’d love to, warts and all. There have been so many good things that they outweigh the bad. But I do have regrets. Who doesn’t when you get to 64 years old? “But I’ll say this, and it’s a ridiculous thing to say. I’m 65 next May, and I believe the best years are still ahead of me. I know that can’t be true with the life I’ve led, but that’s what I think.” Souness, of course, was one of the most fearsome men in the game. Still is, with his pointed Sky summaries taking as few prisoners as he did in his midfield pomp. Ask the unfortunate Lica Movila, whose jaw was broken in two places as he tried to mix it with Liverpool’s formidable anchorman during a European Cup semi-final at Anfield. Or poor George McCluskey, unlucky enough to come up against a wired-up Souness on his debut for Rangers at Hibs and was carried off before half-time. Or the dismissive Fenerbahce director who made the mistake of calling Souness a cripple after his heart surgery, prompting revenge in the incendiary form of him planting a giant Galatasaray flag in the centre-circle on their city rivals’ home turf after a dramatic cup final win. The list may not quite be endless, but it is undeniably long. Total Football Special: Graeme Souness 37:26 There is, though, one real regret – selling photographs on his hospital bed recovering from his operation to The Sun, published on the third anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Even now, from his despairing gesture, it’s clear that if there’s one thing he would change, it would be this. “I should have resigned,” he says. He was Liverpool manager at the time. And while Souness went on to have a successful enough career as a manager beyond Rangers and Liverpool at Southampton, Galatasaray and Blackburn, with less happy spells at Torino, Benfica and, finally, Newcastle, the heart operation at 38 and the aftermath was a watershed. He knew something had changed when, still recovering, he attended the FA Cup final win over Sunderland. “I had to get my own taxi from hospital in Manchester to the airport, and my own flight to Heathrow and own car to the team hotel in Hertfordshire. They were distancing themselves from me. I should have left then.” Archie Gemmill said that if I was chocolate I’d have eaten myself, and he was absolutely right. I was arrogant For the first time, this son of Leith, with his resolute self-belief – “Archie Gemmill said that if I was chocolate I’d have eaten myself, and he was absolutely right. I was arrogant” – had experienced what we lesser mortals feel. After a vertiginous climb – five league titles and three European Cups at Liverpool; two brilliant years at Sampdoria and then an astonishing turnaround as player-boss of moribund Rangers – his return to Liverpool came with a price. “At the hospital, I was determined to be the best patient they had. I did too much too soon. I collapsed when I got out of bed. I ended up being in there for 28 days with an infection. I can remember being the only person in intensive care. The night light was on and I could see a clock. I’m telling myself ‘Don’t go to sleep, because that’s how you die’. It was the only time I’ve ever felt fearful. “I’d love to say I became a nicer, gentler person. But I still fell out with people. “Do I think about lying in that bed looking at that clock? I should do. Do I remember how vulnerable I felt at that time? I think I’m lucky in that I can park things. I don’t dwell. I’ve got a selective memory. I only remember the good things. I don’t know what a psychologist or a psychiatrist would say about that.” Souness fought the world as a young man. But he is at loss to explain where this inner fire comes from. “Both my parents were mild, gentle people. I’m the youngest of three brothers. Neither of them is like me. I came from a working class family. We lived in a prefab. We had nothing, but we had everything, “I was out of the house at 12 to live with my grandmother, who was on her own, and I was expected to be the man about the house. At 15, I was living in digs in London after signing for Tottenham. Souness, alongside fellow Scots Kenny Dalglish (centre) and Alan Hansen, celebrates after beating Real Madrid to win the 1981 European Cup in Paris Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t know where it comes from. I can’t answer it. It’s not in the gene pool of my family. I just grew up having this ridiculous belief in my own ability and it stands you in really good stead because what’s guaranteed in life are a few knocks and disappointments. I have never, ever gone into a game believing these people were better than me.”  He thought he should have been in the first team at Tottenham, and told manager Bill Nicholson so, but, even when offloaded at 19 to Middlesbrough, it never shook his sense of self. Quite the opposite. “It was my only setback as a player, and all it did was make me double determined to get where I wanted to be quicker. Four years later, I was sold for a record fee between two English clubs, and that’s for a holding midfielder – it’s the strikers that go for the big dosh. It just pushed me even more. I didn’t leave with doubts. I just thought ‘they’ve made a big mistake.’”  And what about, at 24, going into the Liverpool dressing room, packed as it was with big-name players and character – or men, as Souness prefers to call them – for the first time? “Not a problem. Remember, I wasn’t a bargain buy. So you know: ‘I’m here to show you how it’s done’. I was replacing Ian Callaghan, absolute legend. Took his No 11 shirt. Big boots to fill. Did I give it a second thought? Not in the slightest.” His return to Anfield as manager after the goldfish bowl of life in Scotland became too much was a rare mistake, he says. The right club at the wrong time, he says. “The culture had changed. No longer were the senior players in the dressing room having the influence on the lesser lads. I said to Ronnie Whelan: ‘What’s happened?” He said: “The young guys just don’t listen anymore.” I told him to kick them in training to make them listen.”  Souness carved out a career as a pundit following management Credit:  Sky Sports This was the first sign of a power shift – and what was to spell the end for Souness as a manager after he was sacked at Newcastle in 2006. He was handed a letter on the training ground, and decided he didn’t need it any more. In his new book, Football: My Life, My Passion, it almost appears as if his decision to leave management for good comes down to two words: Craig Bellamy. Though he admired him as a player, he found him infuriating. “I just got fed up dealing with the modern player. I don’t have the personality. I don’t have the patience. The modern-day manager has to be someone who is zero confrontational, and who lets everything go over their heads. You dare not fall out with any players today. Fall out with one, you fall out with half a dozen, and that means you’re falling out with – what? – £200 million worth of players. The agent tells the chairman you’ve lost the dressing room, and what’s he going to do? Pay up the manager.” He thinks it’s the best time to be a player – and points out the £300,000-a-week player is on 600 times the average wage, while he was on £125,000 a year at Liverpool in 1984, a twelve-times multiple then. Very average players are fabulously wealthy. Quick questions Of all the revelations in the book, the most surprising, perhaps, is that Souness loves to garden. The vision of him as a latter-day Capability Brown is difficult to reconcile, but even then there are echoes of Liverpool, where the Bill Shankly ethos ruled.  “If I were a street sweeper, my streets would be the cleanest in Britain,” Souness’s fellow Scot had once said. “I can cut my grass and think I’m not happy with those two lines and go and do it all over again. One regret I do have is about selling my house in Winchester. I was looking forward to designing my walled garden there.”  And so the uncompromising enforcer – ‘I had more to my game than being aggressive., I found football easy’ – comes across almost as avuncular. Don’t be fooled. You still cross Graeme Souness at your peril.

Graeme Souness – 'I just grew up having this ridiculous belief in my own ability'

Introspection, you quickly grasp, is hardly Graeme Souness’s style. He’s no navel gazer, no what-might-have-been merchant. Why, he never so much as glances at his YouTube footage to be reminded of some of football’s most full-blooded moments. What you see is what you get: clarity, honesty, straight-talking. He’s a spontaneous sort. He has a wanderlust, he says, and was never cut out to be a one-club player or a one-club manager: do your best all the time and move on to the next challenge is his credo. And so he’s not overly interested analysing past mistakes. “My career has been the best part of 50 years. If I had to go through it all again, I’d love to, warts and all. There have been so many good things that they outweigh the bad. But I do have regrets. Who doesn’t when you get to 64 years old? “But I’ll say this, and it’s a ridiculous thing to say. I’m 65 next May, and I believe the best years are still ahead of me. I know that can’t be true with the life I’ve led, but that’s what I think.” Souness, of course, was one of the most fearsome men in the game. Still is, with his pointed Sky summaries taking as few prisoners as he did in his midfield pomp. Ask the unfortunate Lica Movila, whose jaw was broken in two places as he tried to mix it with Liverpool’s formidable anchorman during a European Cup semi-final at Anfield. Or poor George McCluskey, unlucky enough to come up against a wired-up Souness on his debut for Rangers at Hibs and was carried off before half-time. Or the dismissive Fenerbahce director who made the mistake of calling Souness a cripple after his heart surgery, prompting revenge in the incendiary form of him planting a giant Galatasaray flag in the centre-circle on their city rivals’ home turf after a dramatic cup final win. The list may not quite be endless, but it is undeniably long. Total Football Special: Graeme Souness 37:26 There is, though, one real regret – selling photographs on his hospital bed recovering from his operation to The Sun, published on the third anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Even now, from his despairing gesture, it’s clear that if there’s one thing he would change, it would be this. “I should have resigned,” he says. He was Liverpool manager at the time. And while Souness went on to have a successful enough career as a manager beyond Rangers and Liverpool at Southampton, Galatasaray and Blackburn, with less happy spells at Torino, Benfica and, finally, Newcastle, the heart operation at 38 and the aftermath was a watershed. He knew something had changed when, still recovering, he attended the FA Cup final win over Sunderland. “I had to get my own taxi from hospital in Manchester to the airport, and my own flight to Heathrow and own car to the team hotel in Hertfordshire. They were distancing themselves from me. I should have left then.” Archie Gemmill said that if I was chocolate I’d have eaten myself, and he was absolutely right. I was arrogant For the first time, this son of Leith, with his resolute self-belief – “Archie Gemmill said that if I was chocolate I’d have eaten myself, and he was absolutely right. I was arrogant” – had experienced what we lesser mortals feel. After a vertiginous climb – five league titles and three European Cups at Liverpool; two brilliant years at Sampdoria and then an astonishing turnaround as player-boss of moribund Rangers – his return to Liverpool came with a price. “At the hospital, I was determined to be the best patient they had. I did too much too soon. I collapsed when I got out of bed. I ended up being in there for 28 days with an infection. I can remember being the only person in intensive care. The night light was on and I could see a clock. I’m telling myself ‘Don’t go to sleep, because that’s how you die’. It was the only time I’ve ever felt fearful. “I’d love to say I became a nicer, gentler person. But I still fell out with people. “Do I think about lying in that bed looking at that clock? I should do. Do I remember how vulnerable I felt at that time? I think I’m lucky in that I can park things. I don’t dwell. I’ve got a selective memory. I only remember the good things. I don’t know what a psychologist or a psychiatrist would say about that.” Souness fought the world as a young man. But he is at loss to explain where this inner fire comes from. “Both my parents were mild, gentle people. I’m the youngest of three brothers. Neither of them is like me. I came from a working class family. We lived in a prefab. We had nothing, but we had everything, “I was out of the house at 12 to live with my grandmother, who was on her own, and I was expected to be the man about the house. At 15, I was living in digs in London after signing for Tottenham. Souness, alongside fellow Scots Kenny Dalglish (centre) and Alan Hansen, celebrates after beating Real Madrid to win the 1981 European Cup in Paris Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t know where it comes from. I can’t answer it. It’s not in the gene pool of my family. I just grew up having this ridiculous belief in my own ability and it stands you in really good stead because what’s guaranteed in life are a few knocks and disappointments. I have never, ever gone into a game believing these people were better than me.”  He thought he should have been in the first team at Tottenham, and told manager Bill Nicholson so, but, even when offloaded at 19 to Middlesbrough, it never shook his sense of self. Quite the opposite. “It was my only setback as a player, and all it did was make me double determined to get where I wanted to be quicker. Four years later, I was sold for a record fee between two English clubs, and that’s for a holding midfielder – it’s the strikers that go for the big dosh. It just pushed me even more. I didn’t leave with doubts. I just thought ‘they’ve made a big mistake.’”  And what about, at 24, going into the Liverpool dressing room, packed as it was with big-name players and character – or men, as Souness prefers to call them – for the first time? “Not a problem. Remember, I wasn’t a bargain buy. So you know: ‘I’m here to show you how it’s done’. I was replacing Ian Callaghan, absolute legend. Took his No 11 shirt. Big boots to fill. Did I give it a second thought? Not in the slightest.” His return to Anfield as manager after the goldfish bowl of life in Scotland became too much was a rare mistake, he says. The right club at the wrong time, he says. “The culture had changed. No longer were the senior players in the dressing room having the influence on the lesser lads. I said to Ronnie Whelan: ‘What’s happened?” He said: “The young guys just don’t listen anymore.” I told him to kick them in training to make them listen.”  Souness carved out a career as a pundit following management Credit:  Sky Sports This was the first sign of a power shift – and what was to spell the end for Souness as a manager after he was sacked at Newcastle in 2006. He was handed a letter on the training ground, and decided he didn’t need it any more. In his new book, Football: My Life, My Passion, it almost appears as if his decision to leave management for good comes down to two words: Craig Bellamy. Though he admired him as a player, he found him infuriating. “I just got fed up dealing with the modern player. I don’t have the personality. I don’t have the patience. The modern-day manager has to be someone who is zero confrontational, and who lets everything go over their heads. You dare not fall out with any players today. Fall out with one, you fall out with half a dozen, and that means you’re falling out with – what? – £200 million worth of players. The agent tells the chairman you’ve lost the dressing room, and what’s he going to do? Pay up the manager.” He thinks it’s the best time to be a player – and points out the £300,000-a-week player is on 600 times the average wage, while he was on £125,000 a year at Liverpool in 1984, a twelve-times multiple then. Very average players are fabulously wealthy. Quick questions Of all the revelations in the book, the most surprising, perhaps, is that Souness loves to garden. The vision of him as a latter-day Capability Brown is difficult to reconcile, but even then there are echoes of Liverpool, where the Bill Shankly ethos ruled.  “If I were a street sweeper, my streets would be the cleanest in Britain,” Souness’s fellow Scot had once said. “I can cut my grass and think I’m not happy with those two lines and go and do it all over again. One regret I do have is about selling my house in Winchester. I was looking forward to designing my walled garden there.”  And so the uncompromising enforcer – ‘I had more to my game than being aggressive., I found football easy’ – comes across almost as avuncular. Don’t be fooled. You still cross Graeme Souness at your peril.

Graeme Souness – 'I just grew up having this ridiculous belief in my own ability'

Introspection, you quickly grasp, is hardly Graeme Souness’s style. He’s no navel gazer, no what-might-have-been merchant. Why, he never so much as glances at his YouTube footage to be reminded of some of football’s most full-blooded moments. What you see is what you get: clarity, honesty, straight-talking. He’s a spontaneous sort. He has a wanderlust, he says, and was never cut out to be a one-club player or a one-club manager: do your best all the time and move on to the next challenge is his credo. And so he’s not overly interested analysing past mistakes. “My career has been the best part of 50 years. If I had to go through it all again, I’d love to, warts and all. There have been so many good things that they outweigh the bad. But I do have regrets. Who doesn’t when you get to 64 years old? “But I’ll say this, and it’s a ridiculous thing to say. I’m 65 next May, and I believe the best years are still ahead of me. I know that can’t be true with the life I’ve led, but that’s what I think.” Souness, of course, was one of the most fearsome men in the game. Still is, with his pointed Sky summaries taking as few prisoners as he did in his midfield pomp. Ask the unfortunate Lica Movila, whose jaw was broken in two places as he tried to mix it with Liverpool’s formidable anchorman during a European Cup semi-final at Anfield. Or poor George McCluskey, unlucky enough to come up against a wired-up Souness on his debut for Rangers at Hibs and was carried off before half-time. Or the dismissive Fenerbahce director who made the mistake of calling Souness a cripple after his heart surgery, prompting revenge in the incendiary form of him planting a giant Galatasaray flag in the centre-circle on their city rivals’ home turf after a dramatic cup final win. The list may not quite be endless, but it is undeniably long. Total Football Special: Graeme Souness 37:26 There is, though, one real regret – selling photographs on his hospital bed recovering from his operation to The Sun, published on the third anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Even now, from his despairing gesture, it’s clear that if there’s one thing he would change, it would be this. “I should have resigned,” he says. He was Liverpool manager at the time. And while Souness went on to have a successful enough career as a manager beyond Rangers and Liverpool at Southampton, Galatasaray and Blackburn, with less happy spells at Torino, Benfica and, finally, Newcastle, the heart operation at 38 and the aftermath was a watershed. He knew something had changed when, still recovering, he attended the FA Cup final win over Sunderland. “I had to get my own taxi from hospital in Manchester to the airport, and my own flight to Heathrow and own car to the team hotel in Hertfordshire. They were distancing themselves from me. I should have left then.” Archie Gemmill said that if I was chocolate I’d have eaten myself, and he was absolutely right. I was arrogant For the first time, this son of Leith, with his resolute self-belief – “Archie Gemmill said that if I was chocolate I’d have eaten myself, and he was absolutely right. I was arrogant” – had experienced what we lesser mortals feel. After a vertiginous climb – five league titles and three European Cups at Liverpool; two brilliant years at Sampdoria and then an astonishing turnaround as player-boss of moribund Rangers – his return to Liverpool came with a price. “At the hospital, I was determined to be the best patient they had. I did too much too soon. I collapsed when I got out of bed. I ended up being in there for 28 days with an infection. I can remember being the only person in intensive care. The night light was on and I could see a clock. I’m telling myself ‘Don’t go to sleep, because that’s how you die’. It was the only time I’ve ever felt fearful. “I’d love to say I became a nicer, gentler person. But I still fell out with people. “Do I think about lying in that bed looking at that clock? I should do. Do I remember how vulnerable I felt at that time? I think I’m lucky in that I can park things. I don’t dwell. I’ve got a selective memory. I only remember the good things. I don’t know what a psychologist or a psychiatrist would say about that.” Souness fought the world as a young man. But he is at loss to explain where this inner fire comes from. “Both my parents were mild, gentle people. I’m the youngest of three brothers. Neither of them is like me. I came from a working class family. We lived in a prefab. We had nothing, but we had everything, “I was out of the house at 12 to live with my grandmother, who was on her own, and I was expected to be the man about the house. At 15, I was living in digs in London after signing for Tottenham. Souness, alongside fellow Scots Kenny Dalglish (centre) and Alan Hansen, celebrates after beating Real Madrid to win the 1981 European Cup in Paris Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t know where it comes from. I can’t answer it. It’s not in the gene pool of my family. I just grew up having this ridiculous belief in my own ability and it stands you in really good stead because what’s guaranteed in life are a few knocks and disappointments. I have never, ever gone into a game believing these people were better than me.”  He thought he should have been in the first team at Tottenham, and told manager Bill Nicholson so, but, even when offloaded at 19 to Middlesbrough, it never shook his sense of self. Quite the opposite. “It was my only setback as a player, and all it did was make me double determined to get where I wanted to be quicker. Four years later, I was sold for a record fee between two English clubs, and that’s for a holding midfielder – it’s the strikers that go for the big dosh. It just pushed me even more. I didn’t leave with doubts. I just thought ‘they’ve made a big mistake.’”  And what about, at 24, going into the Liverpool dressing room, packed as it was with big-name players and character – or men, as Souness prefers to call them – for the first time? “Not a problem. Remember, I wasn’t a bargain buy. So you know: ‘I’m here to show you how it’s done’. I was replacing Ian Callaghan, absolute legend. Took his No 11 shirt. Big boots to fill. Did I give it a second thought? Not in the slightest.” His return to Anfield as manager after the goldfish bowl of life in Scotland became too much was a rare mistake, he says. The right club at the wrong time, he says. “The culture had changed. No longer were the senior players in the dressing room having the influence on the lesser lads. I said to Ronnie Whelan: ‘What’s happened?” He said: “The young guys just don’t listen anymore.” I told him to kick them in training to make them listen.”  Souness carved out a career as a pundit following management Credit:  Sky Sports This was the first sign of a power shift – and what was to spell the end for Souness as a manager after he was sacked at Newcastle in 2006. He was handed a letter on the training ground, and decided he didn’t need it any more. In his new book, Football: My Life, My Passion, it almost appears as if his decision to leave management for good comes down to two words: Craig Bellamy. Though he admired him as a player, he found him infuriating. “I just got fed up dealing with the modern player. I don’t have the personality. I don’t have the patience. The modern-day manager has to be someone who is zero confrontational, and who lets everything go over their heads. You dare not fall out with any players today. Fall out with one, you fall out with half a dozen, and that means you’re falling out with – what? – £200 million worth of players. The agent tells the chairman you’ve lost the dressing room, and what’s he going to do? Pay up the manager.” He thinks it’s the best time to be a player – and points out the £300,000-a-week player is on 600 times the average wage, while he was on £125,000 a year at Liverpool in 1984, a twelve-times multiple then. Very average players are fabulously wealthy. Quick questions Of all the revelations in the book, the most surprising, perhaps, is that Souness loves to garden. The vision of him as a latter-day Capability Brown is difficult to reconcile, but even then there are echoes of Liverpool, where the Bill Shankly ethos ruled.  “If I were a street sweeper, my streets would be the cleanest in Britain,” Souness’s fellow Scot had once said. “I can cut my grass and think I’m not happy with those two lines and go and do it all over again. One regret I do have is about selling my house in Winchester. I was looking forward to designing my walled garden there.”  And so the uncompromising enforcer – ‘I had more to my game than being aggressive., I found football easy’ – comes across almost as avuncular. Don’t be fooled. You still cross Graeme Souness at your peril.

Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Manchester United before end of the year

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be back playing for Manchester United before the end of the year. Ibrahimovic has been sidelined since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April.  But the Swede is stepping up his recovery at United’s Carrington training base and Mourinho is confident he will be back in action this year. Telegraph Sport reported last month that Ibrahimovic expects to be available again in time for the Christmas run of fixtures although he could return before then. “Zlatan is here, under our control, working as I would expect, so, so hard, but he's not back in a week or a couple of weeks,” said Mourinho. “Let's let him take his time and be back in the right moment. Do I think he will be back in 2017? Yes I do, but it's just a feeling.” Marcus Rashford will be available to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday, despite being substituted against Benfica on Wednesday with a knee problem. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game against Benfica Credit: GETTY IMAGES But Mourinho was again unprepared to put a timescale on Paul Pogba’s return. The France midfielder is currently in Miami as he recovers from a serious hamstring injury but the United manager said he did not know when the player would be available again. “Paul Pogba is not here, I don't know when he comes back, when he is available, I don't know about it,” he said.  Like Rashford, Phil Jones is fit to face Huddersfield but Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are still sidelined and Marcos Rojo not yet ready to return following his own cruciate ligament injury in April.  “He's fit,” Mourinho said of Rashford. “Nobody else [is available], so we go with the same players. We have the same players as we have for the last match. “Everybody knows that every manager wants to have all the players available, then a question of the way you position yourself in relation to that the best way to do it.  Total Football Special: Graeme Souness 37:26 “For some it's better to remember and remember and remember that the team is not full strength, better to remember Player A or B is missing or Player B and C is important for the team. “The best way for us to do it is to speak about opportunities for others, trust for others and belief in others. It doesn't mean I don't miss the other players, it is just the way we try to do it.” Mourinho does not expect any complacency at newly promoted Huddersfield. Zlatan “We are silly if we don't know what is expecting for us, unless it's a new player in the Premier League, which we have only Victor (Lindelof),” Mourinho said. “Apart from that everybody knows the Premier League and knows what it means to play against newly promoted teams, is nothing new. Every team in the Premier League is good and thinks well, that they can win every match against every opponent. The players will be buzzing and the supporters will be happy to have a big club playing in their stadium.”

Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Manchester United before end of the year

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be back playing for Manchester United before the end of the year. Ibrahimovic has been sidelined since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April.  But the Swede is stepping up his recovery at United’s Carrington training base and Mourinho is confident he will be back in action this year. Telegraph Sport reported last month that Ibrahimovic expects to be available again in time for the Christmas run of fixtures although he could return before then. “Zlatan is here, under our control, working as I would expect, so, so hard, but he's not back in a week or a couple of weeks,” said Mourinho. “Let's let him take his time and be back in the right moment. Do I think he will be back in 2017? Yes I do, but it's just a feeling.” Marcus Rashford will be available to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday, despite being substituted against Benfica on Wednesday with a knee problem. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game against Benfica Credit: GETTY IMAGES But Mourinho was again unprepared to put a timescale on Paul Pogba’s return. The France midfielder is currently in Miami as he recovers from a serious hamstring injury but the United manager said he did not know when the player would be available again. “Paul Pogba is not here, I don't know when he comes back, when he is available, I don't know about it,” he said.  Like Rashford, Phil Jones is fit to face Huddersfield but Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are still sidelined and Marcos Rojo not yet ready to return following his own cruciate ligament injury in April.  “He's fit,” Mourinho said of Rashford. “Nobody else [is available], so we go with the same players. We have the same players as we have for the last match. “Everybody knows that every manager wants to have all the players available, then a question of the way you position yourself in relation to that the best way to do it.  Total Football Special: Graeme Souness 37:26 “For some it's better to remember and remember and remember that the team is not full strength, better to remember Player A or B is missing or Player B and C is important for the team. “The best way for us to do it is to speak about opportunities for others, trust for others and belief in others. It doesn't mean I don't miss the other players, it is just the way we try to do it.” Mourinho does not expect any complacency at newly promoted Huddersfield. Zlatan “We are silly if we don't know what is expecting for us, unless it's a new player in the Premier League, which we have only Victor (Lindelof),” Mourinho said. “Apart from that everybody knows the Premier League and knows what it means to play against newly promoted teams, is nothing new. Every team in the Premier League is good and thinks well, that they can win every match against every opponent. The players will be buzzing and the supporters will be happy to have a big club playing in their stadium.”

Champions League - S.L. Benfica vs Manchester United

Soccer Football - Champions League - S.L. Benfica vs Manchester United - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - October 18, 2017 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

Champions League - S.L. Benfica vs Manchester United

Soccer Football - Champions League - S.L. Benfica vs Manchester United - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - October 18, 2017 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks on REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

Man Utd ready to hand Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini deal extensions

Manchester United are expected to trigger the option of 12-month extension in Ander Herrera’s contract if protracted talks over a new deal continue to drag on and remain hopeful of persuading Marouane Fellaini to stay at Old Trafford. Herrera, a £28.8 million signing from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, is eager to remain at the club and United want to secure the long-term future of the Spain midfielder. But United had hoped to conclude a deal by now and if there is not a significant breakthrough shortly the club are likely to activate the option in Herrera’s contract given that he would otherwise be a free agent next summer and free to talk to foreign clubs in January. Both parties are thought to be relaxed about the situation but preliminary discussions over a new deal began as far back as last November and accelerated during the summer. United are also trying to tie Fellaini to a new contract. The Belgium international midfielder is out of contract next summer, with United already having triggered the 12-month option in his deal, but Fellaini’s representatives have rejected the club’s opening offer.  United manager Jose Mourinho is understood to be keen on extending Marouane Fellaini's contract Credit:  Reuters Fellaini had established himself as a first choice over Herrera in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba, who is not due back from a serious hamstring problem until after the international break next month. But Fellaini has since succumbed to injury himself, which has given Herrera a route back into the team. United’s injury concerns deepened against Benfica in Lisbon on Wednesday, when the club’s 10th win in 12 games this season put Jose Mourinho’s side in pole position to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. But Marcus Rashford is now a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town after appearing to injure a knee against Benfica. Phil Jones should return for the game but as well as Pogba and Fellaini, Mourinho is also without Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick while Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are not yet ready to return.

Man Utd ready to hand Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini deal extensions

Manchester United are expected to trigger the option of 12-month extension in Ander Herrera’s contract if protracted talks over a new deal continue to drag on and remain hopeful of persuading Marouane Fellaini to stay at Old Trafford. Herrera, a £28.8 million signing from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, is eager to remain at the club and United want to secure the long-term future of the Spain midfielder. But United had hoped to conclude a deal by now and if there is not a significant breakthrough shortly the club are likely to activate the option in Herrera’s contract given that he would otherwise be a free agent next summer and free to talk to foreign clubs in January. Both parties are thought to be relaxed about the situation but preliminary discussions over a new deal began as far back as last November and accelerated during the summer. United are also trying to tie Fellaini to a new contract. The Belgium international midfielder is out of contract next summer, with United already having triggered the 12-month option in his deal, but Fellaini’s representatives have rejected the club’s opening offer.  United manager Jose Mourinho is understood to be keen on extending Marouane Fellaini's contract Credit:  Reuters Fellaini had established himself as a first choice over Herrera in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba, who is not due back from a serious hamstring problem until after the international break next month. But Fellaini has since succumbed to injury himself, which has given Herrera a route back into the team. United’s injury concerns deepened against Benfica in Lisbon on Wednesday, when the club’s 10th win in 12 games this season put Jose Mourinho’s side in pole position to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. But Marcus Rashford is now a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town after appearing to injure a knee against Benfica. Phil Jones should return for the game but as well as Pogba and Fellaini, Mourinho is also without Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick while Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are not yet ready to return.

Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1: Glorious Olivier Giroud goal maintains Arsenal's perfect Europa League record

How about this for “cojones”? Less than a week after receiving the most resounding criticism of their character, Arsenal stepped into the furnace of one of Europe’s most intimidating venues and provided the strongest possible response to a genuine test of their mettle. Wenger’s collection of kids and first-team misfits had something to prove tonight. They had to dig deep, to battle. For 85 minutes, they did just that. And then Olivier Giroud, a man increasingly prone to the spectacular, dipped into his bag of tricks and produced the most stunning of winners. There can hardly have been a more satisfying way to claim all three points, and this will surely taste sweeter than any comfortable, nondescript three-goal victory. The fervent celebrations of Giroud’s strike certainly suggested so, as did the smile on Wenger’s face afterwards. “The spirit we showed was remarkable,” said Wenger. “Fighting together in a game that was very physical.” The fallout over Troy Deeney’s lacerating criticism of Arsenal following the 2-1 defeat at Watford on Saturday will no doubt continue, but here was a crucial step forward for Arsenal, against a Red Star Belgrade side who gave as good as they got for large spells of a fraught, heated clash. Arsenal are now in complete control of their Europa League group, too, with two of their next three matches to be played at home. And what a valuable experience this would have been for youngsters Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and the brilliant Reiss Nelson, who shone at right wing-back. “They showed a lot of character,” Wenger said. “It’s not easy to express that. To play in such a heated atmosphere shows how much resistance to stress they have, which is an important quality at this level.” Giroud's goal will live long in the memory Credit: getty images There will also be encouragement from the performances of Mathieu Debuchy, making his first appearance since November 2016, and Jack Wilshere, who continues to impress whenever he plays, even if he is yet to feature in the league this season. “He will get a chance in the Premier League,” Wenger said of Wilshere. “Don’t worry about that. He got a big kick in the first half on his ankle but managed to get through the 90 minutes. Games of that intensity will help him a lot.” The thumping, jumping Rajko Mitic Stadium, nicknamed the ‘Marakana’ for its febrile atmosphere, was ready for the occasion almost an hour before kick-off. Red Star’s glory years, which included a European Cup triumph in 1991, have long since passed, so the club was not going to pass up on a welcome opportunity to remind a modern-day European giant what Serbian football - and its fans - can still produce. On Saturday, Deeney questioned whether Arsenal can handle it when they are “whacked”. The Red Star approach was to see how they could handle being battered by 50,000 screeching voices in unison. There were even two specially-made banners, one for the start of each half, raised by the arms of thousands of Red Star ultras. The first was a simple message: an Arsenal cannon being silenced by an enormous fist. What Arsenal would have hoped for, then, was an early goal. Two of the best chances fell to Theo Walcott, but he first dallied and then saw his low effort saved. Reiss Nelson shone for the visiting side Credit: afp At times, when Wenger’s side lost control, this became a free-flowing, open game. For long periods a goal seemed inevitable, it just was not clear who would score it. Walcott had more chances, while Giroud twice fired over when he should have done better. At the other end, Cech was repeatedly called into action as the relentless noise encouraged Red Star further and further forward. But legs soon tired, and gaps were starting to appear. There to exploit them was Wilshere, who grew in stature as the game developed. And as Red Star began to run out of ideas, their cause was irreparably damaged by the dismissal of Milan Rodic, shown a second yellow card with 10 minutes remaining for a seemingly innocuous challenge. Wilshere inevitably strode into the open space, working the ball to Walcott who flicked on to Giroud with just five minutes remaining. The Frenchman, facing away from goal, spun and volleyed a wonderful finish into the top corner. “At some stage he came to the touchline and told me we will score - he knew more than I did and that’s Olivier Giroud,” said Wenger, before adding words that also applied to his whole side. “He keeps belief when it is tough.” 8:00PM Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1 Not a classic game, but a classic goal to decide it. Did Arsenal deserve to win? I'd say a draw was probably the more fair result as both sides had their chances. But that was a goal that fully deserved to settle any match. The Red Star players were devastated, collapsing to the ground at the final whistle and you have to feel for them. 7:56PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:56PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 7:55PM Full time Job done for Arsenal and it's three wins from three matches in the Europa League. 7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as Stojkovic goes down in the Arsenal penalty area under substitute McGuane but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1: Glorious Olivier Giroud goal maintains Arsenal's perfect Europa League record

8:00PM Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1 Not a classic game, but a classic goal to decide it. Did Arsenal deserve to win? I'd say a draw was probably the more fair result as both sides had their chances. But that was a goal that fully deserved to settle any match. The Red Star players were devastated, collapsing to the ground at the final whistle and you have to feel for them. 7:56PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:56PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 7:55PM Full time Job done for Arsenal and it's three wins from three matches in the Europa League. 7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as Stojkovic goes down in the Arsenal penalty area under substitute McGuane but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1: Glorious Olivier Giroud goal maintains Arsenal's perfect Europa League record

8:00PM Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1 Not a classic game, but a classic goal to decide it. Did Arsenal deserve to win? I'd say a draw was probably the more fair result as both sides had their chances. But that was a goal that fully deserved to settle any match. The Red Star players were devastated, collapsing to the ground at the final whistle and you have to feel for them. 7:56PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:56PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 7:55PM Full time Job done for Arsenal and it's three wins from three matches in the Europa League. 7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as Stojkovic goes down in the Arsenal penalty area under substitute McGuane but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1: Glorious Olivier Giroud goal maintains Arsenal's perfect Europa League record

How about this for “cojones”? Less than a week after receiving the most resounding criticism of their character, Arsenal stepped into the furnace of one of Europe’s most intimidating venues and provided the strongest possible response to a genuine test of their mettle. Wenger’s collection of kids and first-team misfits had something to prove tonight. They had to dig deep, to battle. For 85 minutes, they did just that. And then Olivier Giroud, a man increasingly prone to the spectacular, dipped into his bag of tricks and produced the most stunning of winners. There can hardly have been a more satisfying way to claim all three points, and this will surely taste sweeter than any comfortable, nondescript three-goal victory. The fervent celebrations of Giroud’s strike certainly suggested so, as did the smile on Wenger’s face afterwards. “The spirit we showed was remarkable,” said Wenger. “Fighting together in a game that was very physical.” The fallout over Troy Deeney’s lacerating criticism of Arsenal following the 2-1 defeat at Watford on Saturday will no doubt continue, but here was a crucial step forward for Arsenal, against a Red Star Belgrade side who gave as good as they got for large spells of a fraught, heated clash. Arsenal are now in complete control of their Europa League group, too, with two of their next three matches to be played at home. And what a valuable experience this would have been for youngsters Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and the brilliant Reiss Nelson, who shone at right wing-back. “They showed a lot of character,” Wenger said. “It’s not easy to express that. To play in such a heated atmosphere shows how much resistance to stress they have, which is an important quality at this level.” Giroud's goal will live long in the memory Credit: getty images There will also be encouragement from the performances of Mathieu Debuchy, making his first appearance since November 2016, and Jack Wilshere, who continues to impress whenever he plays, even if he is yet to feature in the league this season. “He will get a chance in the Premier League,” Wenger said of Wilshere. “Don’t worry about that. He got a big kick in the first half on his ankle but managed to get through the 90 minutes. Games of that intensity will help him a lot.” The thumping, jumping Rajko Mitic Stadium, nicknamed the ‘Marakana’ for its febrile atmosphere, was ready for the occasion almost an hour before kick-off. Red Star’s glory years, which included a European Cup triumph in 1991, have long since passed, so the club was not going to pass up on a welcome opportunity to remind a modern-day European giant what Serbian football - and its fans - can still produce. On Saturday, Deeney questioned whether Arsenal can handle it when they are “whacked”. The Red Star approach was to see how they could handle being battered by 50,000 screeching voices in unison. There were even two specially-made banners, one for the start of each half, raised by the arms of thousands of Red Star ultras. The first was a simple message: an Arsenal cannon being silenced by an enormous fist. What Arsenal would have hoped for, then, was an early goal. Two of the best chances fell to Theo Walcott, but he first dallied and then saw his low effort saved. Reiss Nelson shone for the visiting side Credit: afp At times, when Wenger’s side lost control, this became a free-flowing, open game. For long periods a goal seemed inevitable, it just was not clear who would score it. Walcott had more chances, while Giroud twice fired over when he should have done better. At the other end, Cech was repeatedly called into action as the relentless noise encouraged Red Star further and further forward. But legs soon tired, and gaps were starting to appear. There to exploit them was Wilshere, who grew in stature as the game developed. And as Red Star began to run out of ideas, their cause was irreparably damaged by the dismissal of Milan Rodic, shown a second yellow card with 10 minutes remaining for a seemingly innocuous challenge. Wilshere inevitably strode into the open space, working the ball to Walcott who flicked on to Giroud with just five minutes remaining. The Frenchman, facing away from goal, spun and volleyed a wonderful finish into the top corner. “At some stage he came to the touchline and told me we will score - he knew more than I did and that’s Olivier Giroud,” said Wenger, before adding words that also applied to his whole side. “He keeps belief when it is tough.” 8:00PM Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1 Not a classic game, but a classic goal to decide it. Did Arsenal deserve to win? I'd say a draw was probably the more fair result as both sides had their chances. But that was a goal that fully deserved to settle any match. The Red Star players were devastated, collapsing to the ground at the final whistle and you have to feel for them. 7:56PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:56PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 7:55PM Full time Job done for Arsenal and it's three wins from three matches in the Europa League. 7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as Stojkovic goes down in the Arsenal penalty area under substitute McGuane but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal, Europa League: live score updates

7:56PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:56PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 7:55PM Full time Job done for Arsenal and it's three wins from three matches in the Europa League. 7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as Stojkovic goes down in the Arsenal penalty area under substitute McGuane but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal, Europa League: live score updates

7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as a Red Star player goes down in the Arsenal penalty area but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal, Europa League: live score updates

7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as a Red Star player goes down in the Arsenal penalty area but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal, Europa League: live score updates

7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as a Red Star player goes down in the Arsenal penalty area but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal, Europa League: live score updates

7:53PM 90+3 min The home side are trying everything they can with 10 men but Debuchy slides in smartly after Pesic had brought the ball into Arsenal's 18-yard box. 7:52PM 90+2 min A free-kick and a chance for Red Star to lump the ball into the penalty area from the left flank. In it comes, but Cech comes out commandingly and catches with ease. 7:52PM Yellow cards flying around at Rajko Mitic Stadium Benoit Bastien brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Reiss Nelson is the latest name in the book for Arsenal. 7:51PM 90+1 min Plenty of shouts from the stands as a Red Star player goes down in the Arsenal penalty area but the referee waves play on. 7:50PM 89 min The goal all stemmed from Wilshere leaving two Red Star midfielders for dead with his initial turn. When he's good, he's very good. He just somehow needs to realise his abundant talent. Five minutes of added time to play. 7:48PM 88 min This match did not deserve that goal. It was phenomenal from the three senior players in the Arsenal side. The build-up, the passing, the vision and then the finish. Wow. 7:46PM GOAL! Arsenal take the lead right at the death - Olivier Giroud with the goal to make it 0-1. Crvena Zvezda 0 - 1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud, 85 min) Oh my word! That is an incredible goal. Wilshere and Walcott are the creators with some scintillating one-touch interplay before Giroud makes light work of Walcott's header inconveniently falling a metre behind him and simply swivels to bicycle kick it past Borjan and into the top corner.  7:43PM 83 min Perhaps there was a case for a second yellow. Perhaps Rodic's arm did catch Coquelin as he jumped. But I still think it's incorrect. 7:42PM 82 min Red Star have now made their second and third substitutions of the match with Pesic and Gobeljic on in place of Boakye and Srnic. Still no changes for Arsenal. 7:41PM 80 min Oi oi. Red Star will play the final 10 minutes of this match with 10 men after Rodic is shown a second yellow card for a collision with Coquelin. That's an incredibly harsh decision as replays show he did little more than simply jump for a header, with Coquelin crumpling to the ground. 7:41PM Red card! Milan Rodic sent off for Crvena Zvezda Benoit Bastien shows Milan Rodic a second yellow card - he's off. 7:39PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:36PM 76 min I'm sure the Arsenal manager would love some firepower to bring off the bench and shake things up a little right now, but his options are fairly paltry. Neither side is showing too much ambition at the moment. 7:33PM 73 min Good play by Maitland-Niles who delves into his box of tricks with a step-over or two as he heads to the byline and wins a corner. The cross is slightly behind Giroud, who can't get over the ball and clips it way into the night sky. 7:31PM 71 min I don't think anyone's going to score tonight. 7:29PM 68 min Here come Red Star on the break yet again and it is Radonjic haring down the left. He manages to work his way into the Arsenal penalty area and decides to try his luck on goal rather than look inside for help, only to fire straight into Cech's hands at the near post. I'm sure this man would be more than happy to come away with a point tonight... Credit: getty images 7:25PM 64 min ... surprisingly it is Nelson who will take. He has a short run-up and attempts to lift it over the wall, but can only succeed in finding the middle of it. Coquelin is then booked for a terrible tackle as Red Star look to break. Time for the first substitution of the evening as Savic heads off to be replaced by Babic. 7:23PM 63 min Smart from Wilshere, who runs with the ball at the Red Star defence, jinking this way and that, and forcing Le Tallec into a pretty agricultural challenge. The Red Star centre-back gets no part of the ball but plenty of the man and is shown a yellow card. Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out in a perfect position... 7:21PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 7:20PM 60 min And right on cue, Boakye is shown Red Star's second yellow card of the match after bundling Walcott over with the Arsenal man tearing through the middle of the park. 7:19PM 59 min Things are growing increasingly niggly out in Serbia with the referee frequently called into whistle-blowing action. 7:14PM 54 min This is end to end to end to end. First Giroud fires over the bar and then Elneny almost pays for attempting a blind pass when last man, but Radonjic's shot is well saved by Cech. 7:12PM 52 min Back down the other end and Krsticic gets in behind Debuchy to get on the end of a cross from the right. His header is a strong one but, thankfully for the Arsenal keeper, is straight into Cech's hands. 7:10PM 50 min What a frantic start to the half. This time it's Nelson, who nutmegs Radonjic on the right side of the Red Star penalty area and then unleashes a powerful shot that Borjan palms away, diving to his right at the near post. 7:08PM 47 min Straight down the other end and a decent chance for Arsenal, with a cross-shot fizzed from Walcott at an unmarked Giroud at the far post, but the Frenchman can't manoeuvre his body into the right position and the ball loops off his foot into Borjan's hands. 7:07PM 46 min Well that's a pretty handy start by the Serbian side and a bloody outstanding tackle from Elneny. Red Star break through the middle with Srnic running onto the ball in the Arsenal penalty area. He looks up and prepares to fire past Cech, but Elneny times a wonderful slide tackle to whip the ball right off his toe. 7:04PM Second half Here we go. Red Star have scored in 65 of their last 66 home matches. No changes at the break. 7:00PM Intimidated? Credit: getty images 6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

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Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal, Europa League: live score updates

6:49PM Half time Goalless at the break. Walcott had Arsenal's best chance early on, but Wenger's side were then forced to weather some pressure from the hosts who hit the bar through the dangerous Boakye. Of Arsenal's young players, I have to say I'm most impressed by Nelson, who has looked both defensively assured and handy on the ball at right wing-back. Back soon. 6:48PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 6:48PM 45+2 min Kanga ends the half with a limp long-range bobbler that rolls nearer the corner flag than the goal. 6:46PM 45 min "The fourth official has indicated a minimum of two minutes added time." 6:45PM The shot count is similar Crvena Zvezda have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Arsenal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:44PM 43 min A rash challenge by Stojkovic on Maitland-Niles gives Arsenal a free-kick about 10 yards in from the corner flag. The jeers are deafening as Walcott crosses and Borjan palms the ball behind for a corner, which leads to nothing. 6:42PM 41 min Here come Red Star again with Srnic down the right. He decides to fire a low ball in early towards Boakye, but Cech darts off his line and holds on to cut out the danger. Most of Red Star's threat has come down the right so far where they are up against Maitland-Niles and Holding. 6:39PM Arsenal defence unworried so far Crvena Zvezda have not been posing a threat in the final third. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:39PM 38 min Arsenal are attempting to slow things down again, but that shouldn't really affect Red Star too much, with the Serbians seemingly happy to soak up the pressure before hitting them on the break. And Boakye has already shown how dangerous he can be on the counter. 6:36PM 35 min These Red Star fans are making an absolute racket. 6:34PM 33 min Our man in Belgrade: Arsenal started well here, but Red Star are growing into this. If Wenger's plan was to draw the sting from the game, it's not working... yet— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 6:33PM 32 min Red Star on the attack again and what a chance this is! The home side break rapidly down the right (with Arsenal caught out by a high line) and the ball is crossed all the way to Radonjic at the far post. The Red Star winger brings it down and fires a fierce shot at goal, where Cech does very well to keep out diving to his right. Rodic then receives the first yellow card of the night for cynically hauling down Walcott. 6:32PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:29PM 28 min Unusual honesty from a club's Twitter account: Big chance for Red Star - and a big let-off for us Boakye heads off the frame of the goal#RSBvAFC 0-0 (27)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal, Europa League: live score updates

6:27PM 25 min Hit the bar! The second corner finds Boakye totally unmarked at the far post and his effort has Cech beaten, only for it to crack against the woodwork. 6:26PM Arsenal are dominating the ball so far Arsenal are making the hosts do the chasing - they've had 232 touches of the ball compared to just 142 for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:26PM 24 min Kanga releases Radonjic down the left, but Nelson does well to charge back and time his slide tackle to perfection, even managing to win a throw in the process by knocking the ball off the Red Star player. Arsenal's efforts to retain possession are weak to say the least though and they promptly concede a corner, which Cech punches away before the keeper is forced to put a second cross out for another corner. 6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

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6:21PM 21 min Wilshere stands over another free-kick, this time 35 yards out and on the left, but his cross is headed clear and Red Star immediately launch a counter. Boakye brings the ball into the final third before laying off to Srnic, but his long-range effort dribbles wide of the far post. No danger for Cech. 6:18PM 17 min This game is so open and now it's Boakye's turn to venture forward. He enters the Arsenal penalty box before cutting back to Kanga, but the visitors clear the danger. Boakye's pace could prove crucial tonight. 6:18PM Crvena Zvezda threaten for the first time Following the earlier Arsenal effort, Crvena Zvezda register their first attempt at goal. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:16PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal 6:16PM 15 min Giroud is bundled over about 30 yards out and Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Wilshere stands over it, but surely it's too far out for a shot... instead he dinks in to Giroud at the far post and the ball is somehow bundled to a totally unmarked Walcott six yards out in front of goal, but his left-foot shot is saved by Borjan's outstretched leg. That was a huge chance. 6:16PM Neither Crvena Zvezda or Arsenal are testing the goalkeepers so far Not much to do for either keeper at Rajko Mitic Stadium - Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal keeping each other at bay. Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:13PM 12 min A great counter-attack sees Kanga break down the right and loft a dangerous ball in the direction of Radonic at the far post, forcing Holding to nod behind to safety. The Red Star corner comes to nothing. 6:11PM 10 min A first foray into the Arsenal penalty area sees Radonjic dispossessed before the visitors break at pace. Wilshere is at the centre of the move but he chooses the wrong option in Giroud over Walcott, when his fellow Englishman had found acres of space at the far post. 6:09PM 8 min Nice, calm passing on display from Arsenal. If there were any fears that their youngsters could get overawed by this atmosphere they seem to have been allayed. Red Star are certainly defending in numbers with men behind the ball when not in possession. 6:06PM 5 min Somewhat frenetic from the home side, but Arsenal's youngsters are taking things at their own (slower) pace in these opening stages with play focusing on the middle of the pitch. Time for a first foray forward as Wilshere plays in Walcott, who takes one touch too many after entering the Red Star penalty area and is dispossessed. He had the chance to shoot but didn't take it. 6:03PM 2 min Red Star have started the match at quite a pace, with Arsenal's back three called into action early on. Debuchy (who most people had forgotten was still an Arsenal player) reads play smartly though to cut out any threat. The ball is booted out for Kanga to receive some treatment. 6:01PM 1 min Arsenal, in their all black away strip, get things under way and are immediately jeered by the capacity crowd. 5:59PM Here we go The players are out and it's time for action. It's noisy. Very. This is phenomenal pic.twitter.com/jcfmdOmv8I— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 5:55PM Heaving The stadium is packed tonight and the atmosphere is simmering nicely. Walking onto the pitch is going to be quite a moment for the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson. Intimidating? And then some. Here's a shot outside from a little earlier. Credit: getty images 5:43PM Head to head It's not an extensive one. These two teams have met just once before, in a two-leg affair in the 1978 Uefa Cup. On that occasion Red Star won the first match 1-0, before a late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Highbury and booted Arsenal out of the competition. 5:40PM Wenger speaks It will be a very heated game. The nerves will play a big part, especially for the young players. We have to make sure that the focus is on the game and the best way to keep the crowd quiet is to start strong. Nine points would put some comfort into our next games because we will have played two times away from home. It would put us in a very comfortable position. But any positive result would be good. 5:31PM Bantz I'm going to level with you - I don't know a great deal about Arsenal's young midfielder Joe Willock. But I have deduced one thing from the fact that he wears 69 on his back: he's a MONSTER LAD. Banter king alert. Credit: getty images Interestingly, he has two brothers who are also professional footballers. One plays for Benfica and one for Utrecht (on loan from Manchester United). 5:25PM Verdict So what do you make of those line ups? Elneny as part of a back three??? Debuchy as part of a back three??? 5:06PM Substitutes Oh, you want the bench information as well do you? Arsenal: Macey, Osei-Tutu, Akpom, Da Silva, McGuane, Nketiah, Sheaf Red Star Belgrade: Supic, Racic, Milijas, Adzic, Babic, Pesic, Gobeljic 4:55PM Team news Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Holding, Elneny; Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud. Red Star Belgrade: Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic; Krsticic, Donald; Srnic, Kanga, Radonjic; Boakye 4:43PM The Marakana The venue for tonight's game is the Rajko Mitic Stadium (also known as the Marakana) - named after the Red Star legend, who made more than 500 appearances for the club in the 1940s and 50s. Capacity: 51,755 Main approach: Dusty track ("It is not even under foot so extra care should be taken," according to the Arsenal supporters' guide) Not allowed: Alcohol, megaphones, flares Allowed: Smoking Rajko Mitic Stadium Worst TripAdvisor review: Where do I start?!  On entry to the stadium everyone in the away end was thoroughly search. No coins are allowed in so even my purse was searched. I have no problem with this however the Serbian home fans managed to get not only coins into the ground (one hit me) but bottles, flares, firecrackers & even a JAVELIN. All were thrown at Away fans. When they were thrown the police & stewards reaction was to push the Welsh fans back not to stop the Serbia fans throwing stuff. Not even a cage was stopping them get through, yes you read it correctly a cage! There were bars on all sides of the Away section with spikes on top of them & a trench separating the pitch from the fans.  There was limited refreshments on offer 1 small coke & a small water was 1500 RDS which is about €12.50 The toilets had no toilet paper, take tissues!  We were kept after the game for over an hour. There were no refreshments being served & they shut the toilets. After about 70mintues we were ushered on to buses. It was very intimidating as there were rows of armed police. The police were lined all the way to the city.  4:20PM Are you ready? This is very cool. The tunnel the #AFC players will be walking through at the 'Marakana' tonight https://t.co/3dTrRjHioY— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) October 19, 2017 4:04PM Match preview What is it? This is a Europa League group stage match between Red Star Belgrade (or Crvena Zvezda if you'd prefer) and Arsenal (commonly known as Arsenal). The visitors have a perfect record of two wins from their two matches in the competition so far, while Red Star have picked up four points. They sit first and second in Group H. What time is kick-off? Mixing it up, as the Europa League likes to do, this match will kick off at 6pm UK time. It will take place at Rajko Mitic Stadium. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 2. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Red Star Belgrade:  The hosts have a number of injury concerns with first-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan ruled out, which means Damir Kahriman is likely to start. Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also out injured. Arsenal: Arsenal could recall Mathieu Debuchy for his first start in 11 months. The defender has been sidelined and almost left in the summer but is now expected to start in Serbia as Arsene Wenger rings the changes. Petr Cech will start in goal as David Ospina has not travelled, while Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are among a host of first-team players not to make the trip. Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are other absentees, while Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are unlikely to be risked after picking up knocks in the defeat against Watford.​ What are potential line-ups? Red Star Belgrade (4-2-3-1): Kahriman, Gobeljic, Babic, Le Tallec, Stojkovic, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Kanga, Srnic, Boakye Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Da Silva, Holding, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud What are the odds? Red Star Belgrade win: 10/3 Draw: 11/4 Arsenal win: 5/6 Europa League offers: Arsenal to win at 25/1...

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LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Mancester United watches from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League group A match between SL Benfica and Manchester United at Estadio da Luz on October 18, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

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Nemanja Matic says Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with but he is also the best

Nemanja Matic has admitted Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with at times because he is constantly demanding more from players, regardless of what they achieve. But the Manchester United midfielder believes that is one of the reasons why Mourinho is the best coach he has ever played under. And Matic has insisted Mourinho’s public image as “cold and conceited” is at odds with his warmth and compassion in private and believes the Portuguese is building a squad capable of bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford. United have won 10 of their past 12 matches but Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent days for his defensive approach in the goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday and an uninspiring 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. But Matic launched a staunch defence of Mourinho, under whom he won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014/15, before being brought to United for £40 million by the manager this summer. Mourinho and Matic also worked together at Chelsea  "Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I've ever worked with,” the Serbia midfielder said. "Sometimes it isn't easy to work with him, because he always demands more. "Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. "I cooperated excellently with him at Chelsea, and the fact that Mourinho is the coach at Manchester was the decisive factor in me choosing my new environment. "Privately he's completely different from the way he is perceived by the general public. This is a man who possesses all human virtues. He's not at all cold or conceited, as he is presented in the media." Matic says he is excited by United’s potential this season and hopes to repeat some of the success his compatriot Nemanja Vidic had at the club.  "He (Mourinho) has created an excellent group of players with huge potential, and everything is there for us to achieve good results,” Matic told Air Serbia’s in-flight magazine, Elevate. "I don't want to talk about the goals of the club, but when I mention Manchester United I think the ambitions are clear to everyone. "We will do our best to achieve the results that previous generations had. "The fact that I'm playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I've achieved in football. Matic wants to have similar success at United to his compatriot Nemanja Vidic  "Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester. He left an indelible mark at United. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. "I do not want them to ask me someday 'What are you even doing here?’ I'm privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I'm even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed."   Meanwhile, Nicky Butt insists Mourinho is interested in United’s academy, which he said will never be like some clubs who “cast their net out and trawl them (young players) all in like fish, but then dump them without realising they are just kids.” "I am lucky to have a manager who communicates with me and is interested in some of the younger ones," Butt said. "We have discussions about them, who to bring up to senior training and who to look at, such as the last game of last season (against Crystal Palace) when we had six debutants. That was unbelievable "In that sense I'm lucky, but it doesn't surprise me. When the manager came in, he was honest with me. He said that his role was to get United back to winning ways, it wasn't to run the academy because that was my job. "But he said he would be here for me to lean on, to help, join in and watch sessions. He said he would discuss players with me in terms of who to bring up, who to put out on loan, but ultimately, he said I was the boss of the Academy and he was the boss of the first-team. If I'm perfectly honest, that's just the way I want it."

Nemanja Matic says Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with but he is also the best

Nemanja Matic has admitted Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with at times because he is constantly demanding more from players, regardless of what they achieve. But the Manchester United midfielder believes that is one of the reasons why Mourinho is the best coach he has ever played under. And Matic has insisted Mourinho’s public image as “cold and conceited” is at odds with his warmth and compassion in private and believes the Portuguese is building a squad capable of bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford. United have won 10 of their past 12 matches but Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent days for his defensive approach in the goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday and an uninspiring 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. But Matic launched a staunch defence of Mourinho, under whom he won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014/15, before being brought to United for £40 million by the manager this summer. Mourinho and Matic also worked together at Chelsea  "Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I've ever worked with,” the Serbia midfielder said. "Sometimes it isn't easy to work with him, because he always demands more. "Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. "I cooperated excellently with him at Chelsea, and the fact that Mourinho is the coach at Manchester was the decisive factor in me choosing my new environment. "Privately he's completely different from the way he is perceived by the general public. This is a man who possesses all human virtues. He's not at all cold or conceited, as he is presented in the media." Matic says he is excited by United’s potential this season and hopes to repeat some of the success his compatriot Nemanja Vidic had at the club.  "He (Mourinho) has created an excellent group of players with huge potential, and everything is there for us to achieve good results,” Matic told Air Serbia’s in-flight magazine, Elevate. "I don't want to talk about the goals of the club, but when I mention Manchester United I think the ambitions are clear to everyone. "We will do our best to achieve the results that previous generations had. "The fact that I'm playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I've achieved in football. Matic wants to have similar success at United to his compatriot Nemanja Vidic  "Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester. He left an indelible mark at United. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. "I do not want them to ask me someday 'What are you even doing here?’ I'm privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I'm even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed."   Meanwhile, Nicky Butt insists Mourinho is interested in United’s academy, which he said will never be like some clubs who “cast their net out and trawl them (young players) all in like fish, but then dump them without realising they are just kids.” "I am lucky to have a manager who communicates with me and is interested in some of the younger ones," Butt said. "We have discussions about them, who to bring up to senior training and who to look at, such as the last game of last season (against Crystal Palace) when we had six debutants. That was unbelievable "In that sense I'm lucky, but it doesn't surprise me. When the manager came in, he was honest with me. He said that his role was to get United back to winning ways, it wasn't to run the academy because that was my job. "But he said he would be here for me to lean on, to help, join in and watch sessions. He said he would discuss players with me in terms of who to bring up, who to put out on loan, but ultimately, he said I was the boss of the Academy and he was the boss of the first-team. If I'm perfectly honest, that's just the way I want it."

Nemanja Matic says Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with but he is also the best

Nemanja Matic has admitted Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with at times because he is constantly demanding more from players, regardless of what they achieve. But the Manchester United midfielder believes that is one of the reasons why Mourinho is the best coach he has ever played under. And Matic has insisted Mourinho’s public image as “cold and conceited” is at odds with his warmth and compassion in private and believes the Portuguese is building a squad capable of bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford. United have won 10 of their past 12 matches but Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent days for his defensive approach in the goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday and an uninspiring 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. But Matic launched a staunch defence of Mourinho, under whom he won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014/15, before being brought to United for £40 million by the manager this summer. Mourinho and Matic also worked together at Chelsea  "Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I've ever worked with,” the Serbia midfielder said. "Sometimes it isn't easy to work with him, because he always demands more. "Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. "I cooperated excellently with him at Chelsea, and the fact that Mourinho is the coach at Manchester was the decisive factor in me choosing my new environment. "Privately he's completely different from the way he is perceived by the general public. This is a man who possesses all human virtues. He's not at all cold or conceited, as he is presented in the media." Matic says he is excited by United’s potential this season and hopes to repeat some of the success his compatriot Nemanja Vidic had at the club.  "He (Mourinho) has created an excellent group of players with huge potential, and everything is there for us to achieve good results,” Matic told Air Serbia’s in-flight magazine, Elevate. "I don't want to talk about the goals of the club, but when I mention Manchester United I think the ambitions are clear to everyone. "We will do our best to achieve the results that previous generations had. "The fact that I'm playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I've achieved in football. Matic wants to have similar success at United to his compatriot Nemanja Vidic  "Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester. He left an indelible mark at United. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. "I do not want them to ask me someday 'What are you even doing here?’ I'm privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I'm even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed."   Meanwhile, Nicky Butt insists Mourinho is interested in United’s academy, which he said will never be like some clubs who “cast their net out and trawl them (young players) all in like fish, but then dump them without realising they are just kids.” "I am lucky to have a manager who communicates with me and is interested in some of the younger ones," Butt said. "We have discussions about them, who to bring up to senior training and who to look at, such as the last game of last season (against Crystal Palace) when we had six debutants. That was unbelievable "In that sense I'm lucky, but it doesn't surprise me. When the manager came in, he was honest with me. He said that his role was to get United back to winning ways, it wasn't to run the academy because that was my job. "But he said he would be here for me to lean on, to help, join in and watch sessions. He said he would discuss players with me in terms of who to bring up, who to put out on loan, but ultimately, he said I was the boss of the Academy and he was the boss of the first-team. If I'm perfectly honest, that's just the way I want it."

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​An unnamed Portuguese Newspaper made an extremely strange prediction for Manchester United's starting XI ahead of their Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday night.  Sports Journalist Stewart Gardner pointed out in a Tweet the crazy error that was made by the Portuguese Newspaper. While they were correct in their Benfica prediction, there were two stand-out mistakes in their idea of a Manchester United starting XI.  The first, and most forgivable, was their suggestion of United...

Portuguese Newspaper Makes Strange Error When Predicting Manchester United's Starting XI

​An unnamed Portuguese Newspaper made an extremely strange prediction for Manchester United's starting XI ahead of their Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday night.  Sports Journalist Stewart Gardner pointed out in a Tweet the crazy error that was made by the Portuguese Newspaper. While they were correct in their Benfica prediction, there were two stand-out mistakes in their idea of a Manchester United starting XI.  The first, and most forgivable, was their suggestion of United...

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