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Molde FK V Arsenal - As it happened.

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Molde FK v Arsenal. Europa League 20/21, 26/11/2020. Official-line-ups. BeSoccer

Molde FK V Arsenal - As it happened.

Oliver Hall by Oliver Hall @besoccer_com - 0 5,003

Join me at the Aker Stadium for Europa League action as Molde host Arsenal.

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A fairly straightforward win for Arsenal in Norway in the end. The first half was close enough with Molde missing big chances to take the lead but the Gunners stepped it up after the break to secure the three points and progression to the knockout stages of this competition with two games to spare.
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FT: Molde FK 0-3 Arsenal
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Arsenal win it back.
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Cedric heaves it long and Molde will come forward looking for a consolation.
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Balogun is caught offside.
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Knudtzon wins it off Pepe who was on a good run.
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Runarsson claims the weak through ball with ease.
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Tierney hacks the shot clear from just inside the Arsenal box.
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A poor long ball from Sinyan hands possession back to the Gunners as the North London side take their foot off the gas ever so slightly.
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Balogun slips as he looks to get onto a second ball on the edge of the Molde box.
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Gregersen off for Knudtzon.
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Balogun with another bit of superb hold-up play on halfway.
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GOAL ARSENAL!!! What a start for Folarin Balogun! Smith-Rowe plays it across the face to the youngster whose first touch of the game beats the defender and his second is a deflected shot into the back of the net!
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Brynhildsen replaces Eikram and Pederson does the same for Risa. Eddie Nketiah is off for Balogun.
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Eikram tries to flick it through but no-one is on the same wavelength and it runs all the way through for Runarsson.
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It really is surprisingly laid-back from Molde given they are two goals down - they have definitely given up.
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Another poor Arsenal long-ball and Molde sweep it up - not real urgency from them so far either.
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Runarsson claims the low Wingo cross comfortably.
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Sinyon puts the Arsenal long-ball out for a throw on half-way.
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Bolly flashes the shot across the face from the corner of the box but it flashes just beyond the far corner. A fierce effort!
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Tierney and Smith-Rowe replace Joe Willock and Lacazette.
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A good Risa challenge breaks it up.
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Holding picks up the weak Molde cross and Arsenal will look to counter.
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Arsenal win it back but Willock's flicked through ball is collected by the Molde keeper yet again.
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Taken short and the resulting cross is headed weakly goalwards by holding. Linde save with ease down to his bottom left.
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Unreal save to deny Lacazette! Stunning diving stop from Linde to his left!
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Molde are trying to bomb forward but that is just leaving them hopelessly exposed at the back.
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Free-kick on half-way to the Norweigian side.
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It is well run out by Maitland-Niles to earn the Arsenal goal-kick.
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Nelson has his shot blocked as Molde look to counter.
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Eikram's delivery is headed away as far as Wingo who has his shot blocked by Holding.
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Bolly earns the corner off Cedric.
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Nketiah's fancy backheel flicks is wide after a good Pepe run and cross.
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He is up now and ok to carry on.
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Maitland-Niles is down on the far side.
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Ceballos replaces Xhaka for the Gunners.
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Eikram's ball-in is good but Xhaka defends it well.
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Omoijuanfo and Bolly on for James and Hussain.
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Bad challenge from Xhaka on James.
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Lacazette dummies the defender but overruns it on the edge of the Molde box and loses possession.
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Runarsson plays Holding into trouble but recovers it at the last second.
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Nketiah heads over unmarked from six yards out! He should've done much much better.
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Eikram's looping ball in is cleared up by Pepe.
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James earns a corner off the back of Rob Holding.
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Pepe wins it back well on the edge of the Arsenal box.
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GOAL ARSENAL!!! Joe Willock's cross across the face finds Reiss Nelson to tap home far too easily. Simple for the Gunners and Arsenal are surely home and dry now!
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Much more confidence from Arsenal since their goal - consistently powerful passing play against an apparently stretch Molde team.
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Maitland-Niles' shot was spilled and turned in by Nketiah but the Arsenal striker was ruled offside!
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Elingsen finally tackles Pepe and gets it back to the keeper.
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GOAL ARSENAL!!! A dinked cross the far post finds Pepe at the far post. The Frenchman takes a good first touch and fires into the bottom left. A great finish from him!
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Molde manage to get the corner away for a throw.
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Pepe hits the bar! He beat a couple of men and curled the shot from miles out but it clashes against the underside off the bar!
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Gregersen cuts out the Arsenal switch ball.
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Holding is on for the injured Luiz at half-time.
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James gets into the Arsenal box and his shot is blocked away.
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We are back underway in Norway, can the Gunners find a breakthrough?!
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HT: Molde FK 0-0 Arsenal
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Awful Runarsson mistake very nearly finds James in on goal with no-one to beat but Maitland-Niles works back superbly to deny the chance.
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Taken short but the eventual cross is claimed easily by the Molde keeper.
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Soares's shot from the edge is deflected behind for yet another Arsenal corner.
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Linde punches it behind for another corner.
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Nelson with a fabulous ball into the far post towards Nketiah but Sinyan does superbly to put it behind.
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Eikrem had a shot blocked by Xhaka on the edge but it could've gone anyway. Runarsson scrambles to his feet to recover it in the end.
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Wingo puts a shocking ball in towards the far post.
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Nelson fizzes a shot wide - that was better, at least the shot had some conviction.
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Sinyan heads away the Maintland-Niles cross.
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Arsenal win the free-kick on halfway.
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Molde are just holding it inside their own half under no pressure whatsoever for now.
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Molde win it back after yet another poor Maitland-Niles pass.
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Lacazette takes too long and in the end Molde win the free-kick in their own box. Poor again from the Gunners.
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Poor ball down the line from Maitland-Niles but the Gunners manage to win it back instantly.
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Hussein's ball-in is just beyond James and Arsenal hold on.
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Nketiah with another really poor and tame effort is comfortably saved by Linde.
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Awful Pepe cross is easily saved by Linde.
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Gregersen saves the corner and puts it out for an Arsenal throw.
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Luiz is off for a brief second but we are back underway here now in Norway.
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Luiz and Sinyan are down with head injuries.
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This time Luiz heads clear.
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Appeals for handball against Luiz are waved away. No VAR here of course.
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Another great Molde chance as the cross into the far post and Aursnes is broken up by Maitland-Niles.
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Strong Lacazette run to play in Nketiah but the youngster was offside.
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Cedric's cross is claimed in the end by Linde under pressure from Lacazette.
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Sinyan makes a great challenge on Pepe but Arsenal retain possession.
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Molde are enjoying some controlled possession inside their own half.
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Poor Lacazette touch at the far post and Molde have the goal-kick.
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More good play from Arsenal in the Molde box but Nketiah's chipped cross is held by Linde.
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Luiz picks off a Molde long-ball.
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Brilliant from Pepe - he runs the length of the pitch and cuts inside well onto his left but the final product is a poor shot wide of the left-hand post.
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Lacazette runs straight into the defender and Molde clear.
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Taken short and Pepe's cross found Luiz at the far post but he could only head over.
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Arsenal win the corner now as Risa flicks the Cedric cross behind.
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Pepe shoots straight at Linde from outside the box.
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Nketiah stabs a shot goalwards after a great run from Pepe but Molde managed to block and scrambled it away.
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Arsenal deal with this corner more comfortably.
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MASSIVE MOLDE CHANCE!!! Sinyan had an open goal a yard out and he managed to stretch and get to it but he can only play it across the face - so much easier to score than miss. Impossibly close for Molde!
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Hussein earns a corner off Pepe's deflection.
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Nelson got the snapshot it but Linde makes a smart save with his feet.
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The second ball is shanked embarrassingly over by Pepe.
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Awful pass out wide to Mustafi and Molde win it back in the Arsenal half.
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Gregersen got to it but headed over.
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Soares deflects a cross behind for a corner.
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Gregerson makes a great tackle to deny Pepe who was on a marauding run forward.
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Hestad flicks it round the corner but the Molde cross is blocked.
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Luiz puts it out for an attacking Molde throw.
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Eikrem picks it up on the edge of the Arsenal box but gives it away poorly.
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Hestad defends well against Maitland-Niles and wins the goal-kick.
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Molde let it run out for a throw on the far side.
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Lacazette tried to squeeze it through but lost possession and Molde recover.
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Molde survive and head it away.
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Maitland-Niles wins a corner with a chipped effort.
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Cedric crosses in but Pepe can't get there.
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We are go at the Aker Stadium in Norway!!!
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Not long to go here, the players are out and we are nearly underway!
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So, Arsenal name a strong squad with Nicolas Pep getting a start. Runarsson is in goal but the Gunners' line-up proves that Arteta doesn't want to take any chances tonight!
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Arsenal: Runarsson; Cedric, David Luiz, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles; Willock, Xhaka; Nelson, Pepe, Nketiah, Lacazette Subs: Macey, Hein, Bellerin, Tierney, Holding, Cebellos, Smith Rowe, Cottrell, Azeez, Balogun
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Thanks for joining me at the Aker Stadium for Europa League action as Molde FK take on Arsenal - team news to come!
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