FC Zurich v Arsenal: Europa League – live! – The Guardian

Key events

24 minutes: Arsenal camp out on the edge of the Zurich box, then passing the ball to Marquinhos, who tries to go around Guerrero, but the defender strongly challenges the Brazilian to give away a corner. Zurich clear but the ball comes back, allowing Xhaka to chip a shot off the edge towards the bottom corner; the goalkeeper gets down well to tip the ball wide.

22 minutes: It’s pretty much everything Arsenal now The flag waving from behind the goal is lively but the Zurich fans look like they are in for a long night.

20 minutes: Vieira swings in the free-kick but it’s a poor effort and Zürich hits it clear at the front post.

He almost makes up for it moments later by latching onto a Lokonga pass over the top but Vieira’s first-time lob lands on the top of the net.

18 minutes: A late challenge from Kryeziu takes out Marquinhos on the right wing, resulting in a booking for the Zurich defender.

GOAL! FC Zurich 0-1 Arsenal (Marquinhos, 16)

Debut goal for the Brazilian. He takes it down from the edge of his own box to give Nketiah an option for the cross, after he receives a good pass from Vieira to start a counter, which he executes perfectly to make a first-time finish into the top corner relatively simple from 10 yards .

Marquinhos opens the scoring on his debut for the Gunners.
Marquinhos opens the scoring on his debut for the Gunners. Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

14 minutes: Martinelli decides the best idea is to try an overhead kick with the ball bouncing slowly in his direction. Needless to say, it goes badly and the ball goes wide.

12 minutes: Arsenal up the tempo, moving the ball quickly out to the right from where Marquinhos crosses onto the unmarked head of Martinelli but he flicks it wide.

10 minutes: Zurich get in Arsenal’s faces to keep them in their own half and the Gunners don’t move the ball quickly enough to break the press.

The Zurich goalkeeper got him spare gloves … just in case.

8 minutes: More idiocy from Arsenal as goalkeeper Turner wobbles on the ball on the touchline, then passes it straight to a Zurich player who knocks the ball off the post with a deflection. The ensuing corner is then tapped in by Turner who gives away another. Not an encouraging start on his debut.

6 minutes: Zurich break on Arsenal after one of the worst free kicks in history. The Gunners look to play it short just inside the Zurich half but they give the ball away cheaply and are caught out. Fortunately for Arsenal, they get numbers back in time to end the attack.

4 minutes: Marquinhos cuts inside from the right and looks to pick out Tierney’s run into the box but there’s just a bit too much speed on the pass and the keeper collects.

Meanwhile in France…

(1/2) Unfortunately the game between us and Nice was postponed due to violent clashes between the fan groups in the stadium and in the stands. At the moment we are discussing the background, there is a UEFA security meeting. #OGCKOE

— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) 8 September 2022

2 minutes: There’s a lot of flag waving in the stands and a flare has been let off but it’s all pretty pedestrian on the pitch.

Zurich fans
Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters


Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

They may not be at home, but the Zurich fans made a nice tiff behind one goal. The players are out on the pitch. Arsenal in an elegant navy number.

The game tonight is in St. Gallen because there is some athletics going on in Zurich.

Arsenal made seven changes from the weekend. Nketiah starts for Arsenal and Arteta told him to give his speech on the pitch to show he can compete with Gabriel Jesus. It will be fun to see what Marquinhos offers as well.

And for something a little different… the Guardian’s own Karen Carney on leading the government’s review into women’s football.

Arteta aims high.


Zurich: Brecher, Camberi, Kryeziu, Aliti, Boranijasevic, Dzemaili, Selnaes, Guerrero, Krasniqi, Aiyegun, Okita. Subscribers: Kostadinovic, Omeragic, Santini, Marchesano, Hornschuh, Conde, Avdijaj, Vyunnyk, Rohner, Hodza, Mets, De Nitti.

Arsenal: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Marquinhos, Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka, Tierney, Scallop, Martinelli, Nketiah. Notes: Ramsdale, White, Saka, Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Saliba, Zinchenko, Smith, Hein, Surgeon, Cozier-Duberry.

Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)


Arsenal are back in European action. They missed out on continental football last season, but Mikel Arteta led them to fifth place and qualification for Thursday night’s fun.

Arteta aims high and wants to win the Europa League, a bold claim going into their group stage opener against Zurich. The Swiss champions have failed to win their opening seven league games this season, so should be ripe for the picking against an in-form Arsenal team.

They last won a European trophy when Alan Smith toppled Parma in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup. Gabriel Jesus is their latest number 9 aiming to lead them to some glorious silverware, a striker who brought a winning mentality from Manchester City and will aim to prove it in Europe.

In times like this we look at who we might know from the Zurich side. Let me start (and finish) with Blerim Džemaili who had a spell at Bolton in the late nineties. In truth, he didn’t play a single league game for the club but really enjoyed himself in Lancashire. He went on to play for Napoli, so maybe Big Sam was wrong about the midfielder. At 36, he’s still going strong.

Kick-off: 5.45pm BST.

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