Arsenal equalise against Molde in the Europa League Group B game through Kristoffer Haugen's own goal
Arsenal have come from behind in two of their three Europa League Group B games

Arsenal reached the halfway point of the Europa League group stage with a 100% winning record after benefiting from two own goals against reigning Norwegian champions Molde.

For the second time in three Group B games, the Gunners had to come from behind after Martin Ellingsen beat Bernd Leno from 25 yards following a superb pass by former Manchester United reserve player Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

With no video assistant referee system in operation, Eddie Nketiah had what looked like a legal goal disallowed for offside before Arsenal equalised at the end of the first half.

Kristoffer Haugen put past his own keeper while trying to intercept Nketiah’s pass to Joe Willock before Sead Kolasinac blazed a great chance over the bar.

The Gunners took the lead when Molde substitute Sheriff Sinyan turned Willock’s pass across the six-yard area into his own net.

Substitute Bukayo Saka picked out Pepe to make it 3-1 before Willock added a late fourth goal, Arsenal three points clear at the top of the group with three games remaining.

Willock and Nketiah shine for Gunners

Arsenal, with two games to spare, could secure a place in the last 32 of the competition with victory in the return fixture in Norway on 26 November.

Mikel Arteta has now seen his side win three successive games in all competitions since they were undone by Leicester’s counter-attack last month.

Despite falling behind, Arsenal were able to brush aside their opponents without the need to bring on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette or Thomas Partey.

Arteta was all smiles at the end, fist-bumping Willock on the pitch after the full-time whistle with the 21-year-old’s hunger and desire helping his side to an important win.

The Gunners had fallen behind after failing to close down Ellingsen, whose excellent strike had Molde dreaming of one of the greatest results in their history.

It was the wake-up call the hosts needed, Arteta’s side playing with a higher intensity after equalising.

Arsenal’s future looks in good hands, Nketiah also impressing with his speed and work-rate while substitute Saka played a highly-intelligent pass to pick out Pepe for his goal.

What’s next?

Arsenal are in Premier League action on Sunday when Aston Villa visit London (19:15 GMT).

More to follow.

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Arsenal

  1. Squad number3Player nameTierney
  2. Squad number7Player nameSaka
  3. Squad number17Player nameCédric Soares
  4. Squad number25Player nameMohamed Elneny

Molde

  1. Squad number1Player nameLinde

  2. Squad number20Player nameWingo

  3. Squad number2Player nameBjørnbak

  4. Squad number6Player nameGregersen

  5. Squad number28Player nameHaugen

  6. Squad number17Player nameAursnes

  7. Squad number16Player nameHussain

  8. Squad number11Player nameEllingsen

  9. Squad number7Player nameWolff Eikrem

  10. Squad number30Player nameBolly

  11. Squad number99Player nameOmoijuanfo

  1. Squad number5Player nameSinyan

  2. Squad number9Player nameMoström

  3. Squad number10Player nameJames

  4. Squad number14Player nameKnudtzon

  5. Squad number22Player nameBrynhildsen

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 15Maitland-NilesSubstituted forCédric Soaresat 63′minutes
  • 20Mustafi
  • 23David LuizBooked at 58mins
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 34XhakaSubstituted forTierneyat 80′minutes
  • 8CeballosSubstituted forElnenyat 80′minutes
  • 12WillianSubstituted forSakaat 64′minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 28Willock
  • 19Pépé
  • 30Nketiah

Substitutes

  • 2Bellerín
  • 3Tierney
  • 6dos Santos Magalhães
  • 7Saka
  • 9Lacazette
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 14Aubameyang
  • 16Holding
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 18Partey
  • 25Elneny
  • 33Macey

Molde

  • 1Linde
  • 20Wingo
  • 2Bjørnbak
  • 6GregersenSubstituted forSinyanat 45′minutes
  • 28Haugen
  • 17Aursnes
  • 16Hussain
  • 11EllingsenSubstituted forMoströmat 86′minutes
  • 7Wolff EikremSubstituted forBrynhildsenat 74′minutes
  • 30BollySubstituted forKnudtzonat 63′minutes
  • 99OmoijuanfoSubstituted forJamesat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Risa
  • 5Sinyan
  • 9Moström
  • 10James
  • 12Craninx
  • 14Knudtzon
  • 15Christensen
  • 22Brynhildsen
  • 26Ranmark
  • 27Holmgren Pedersen

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