Arsenal dealt David Luiz injury blow as Nicolas Pepe redeems himself vs Molde

Arsenal dealt David Luiz injury blow as Nicolas Pepe redeems himself vs Molde

Arsenal see off Molde

Arsenal travelled to Norway on Thursday evening for a Europa League meeting with Molde.

The Gunners headed into the clash aware that a victory would secure their spot in the competition’s knockout stages.

And when 90 minutes were said and done, a win is exactly what Mikel Arteta’s men managed.

The first 45 proved rather drab, with neither outfit carving out too many clear-cut chances.

In the second-half, though, Arsenal managed to break down the resilient Norwegians.

5 minutes after the interval, Joe Willock’s delivery across the Molde box was latched onto by Nicolas Pepe, who went on to curl a sensational effort past Andrea Linde.

The goal no doubt came as a relief for all involved with Arsenal, but none more so than Pepe, who found himself in hot water after picking up a needless red card vs Leeds over the weekend.

The Ivorian, though, after issuing an apology earlier this week, responded brilliantly on Thursday:

Reiss Nelson then added the Gunners’ second of the day 55 minutes in, before youngster Folarin Balogun emerged from the bench to make it 3, and secure the win 8 minutes from time.

David Luiz injured

The only negative on an otherwise positive evening for the north Londoners came on the injury front.

David Luiz required treatment midway through the first-half vs Molde, after going down with a fitness issue.

And the Brazilian, despite attempting to carry on, was eventually forced off at the break.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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