In the spirit of togetherness, Arsenal might agree Mesut Özil was half right. The exiled playmaker had warmed to his armchair status, and offered an open show of the loyalty he feels has not been afforded him, in predicting his teammates would win 4-1. They never looked like running up a comparable score but did, eventually, have too much for a competent Rapid Vienna side.

When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Héctor Béllerin were hauled from the bench just after the hour, Arsenal were deservedly behind to a Taxiarchis Fountas goal that Bernd Leno will not want to see again. They levelled swiftly through David Luiz and then the substitutes combined smartly for Aubameyang to score and get the starting XI out of a hole.

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