Call it a freak goal, but it may be Arsenal's first step today Europa League. Partizan's Cléo, taking a pass from Almami Moreira, saw his shot deflect off defender Sebastien Squillaci and past Lukasz Fabianski, pulling the Serbian champions even at the Emirates after 52 minutes.
Should this result as well as the one in Donetsk stand, Arsenal would still be into the knock-out rounds, second place finishers should Shakhtar and Braga end scoreless. However, if Braga does find a goal in Ukraine, a draw against Partizan would leave Arsenal in Europa League, finishing with 10 points, two behind both Shakhtar and Portugal's runners up.
Arsenal started this match strong but has sense shown a lack of ambition, seemingly content with or unable to build on Robin van Persie's 30th minute goal. As a result, Cléo's goal has the Belgrade club within sight of their first point of the tournament.
Now in the 67th minute, Arsenal and Partizan are still drawn, 1-1.