Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got here off the bench to attain the winner in a 2-1 victory over Speedy Vienna within the Europa League on Thursday.
The Gunners fell behind in stunning circumstances as Bernd Leno’s go was reduce out by Ercan Kara as Taxiarchis Fountas picked up the free ball to punish the goalkeeper within the 51st minute.
Leno nearly gifted the Austrians one other purpose when his clearance cannoned off David Luiz and into the trail of Fountas, who shot off track from distance.
Arsenal levelled by way of David Luiz when he headed in Nicolas Pepe’s free-kick within the 70th minute.
And so they took the lead simply 4 minutes later as Hector Bellerin squared to fellow substitute Aubameyang, who handed the ball into an empty web.
One other constructive for Arsenal was the total debut of £45million summer season signing Thomas Partey, who performed the total 90 minutes of their Europa League opener.
The Gunners had been toothless going ahead till Aubameyang was launched within the 61st minute.
In a colorless first-half, Kara got here closest to breaking the impasse when he dragged his close-range shot throughout purpose three minutes earlier than the break.
Leno’s error gave Speedy Vienna a deserved lead as they focused his first contact at each given likelihood.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed big religion in Leno by opting to promote Emiliano Martinez, who carried out beautifully within the German’s absence final season, to Aston Villa for £20m.
Nevertheless, his error will increase query marks over Arteta’s determination to half methods with Martinez, who has saved three clear sheets in his first 4 matches for Villa.
One other goalkeeping error labored in Arsenal’s favour as Richard Strebinger needlessly raced off his line as Luiz beat him to the ball to attract the Gunners degree.
And a wise passing transfer from Arsenal resulted in Mohamed Elneny discovering Bellerin, who assisted Aubameyang for his first purpose since signing a brand new Arsenal deal final month.