FC Zurich vs. Arsenal result, highlights and analysis as Marquinhos stars on Gunners debut in UEFA Europa League win – Sporting News

  • September 10, 2022

Arsenal secured a 2-1 win in their 2022/23 Europa League opener away at Swiss side FC Zurich thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s late header.
Brazilian youngster Marquinhos marked his Gunners debut with a superb opener on 17 minutes before Mirlind Kryeziu’s penalty hauled the hosts level.
Despite resting a string of big names in Switzerland, Arsenal looked to step up the tempo in the second period, with Marquinhos’ whipped cross eventually nodded home by Nketiah.
Group A rivals PSV were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bodo/Glimt on a busy opening night of Europa League action.
MORE: Arsenal Europa League group draw 2022/23: Fixtures, schedule, history and odds to advance
Goals: 
Marquinhos – ARS – 17th Min
Kryeziu – FCZ – 45th Min
Nketiah – FCZ – 63rd Min
FULL TIME: FC ZURICH 1 ARSENAL 2
Arsenal fight back to kick off their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win away at FC Zurich.
Marquinhos’ debut goal was cancelled out by Kryeziu’s spot kick before the break but Nketiah’s brave header sealed a vital win on the road for the Gunners.
90 Mins: Four minutes added on for a nervous Arsenal
89 Mins: Heart in mouth stuff for Arsenal as Rob Holding is penalised for foul on Ivan Santini but the flag is already up for offside.
86 Mins: Arsenal want a third goal to kill this game off as Saka is twice denied by the FCZ defence. Martinelli then flicks a pass back to Jesus inside the box but Bercher AGAIN denies the substitute!!
82 Mins: A chance for Jesus to wrap up the win for Arsenal as he bursts into the box but Bercher gathers in his scuffed effort.
78 Mins: The contest looks to be fizzling out in the final stages as Gabriel Jesus comes on for Nketiah.
72 Mins: Another change for Arsenal as Oleksandr Zinchenko comes on for Tierney and Okita’s curling effort drops wide of Turner’s post.
69 Mins: A triple change for FC Zurich for the final 20 minutes, as Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka come on for Arsenal, with Marquinhos and Vieira making way.
67. Dreifacher Wechsel beim #FCZ:

Marchesano 🔁 Krasniqi
Conde 🔁 Dzemaili
Rohner 🔁 Guerrero

*1:2 | #FCZARS #stadtclub #NieUsenandGah
63 Mins: NKKKKKETIAH!!! ARSENAL BACK IN FRONT!!
Marquinhos returns the favour to Nketiah as he cuts inside and whips a ball to the back post for the England U21 international to head home!!
55 Mins: Nketiah slaloms through two FCZ tackles inside the box but his scuffed effort is held by Brecher.
50 Mins: Arsenal look determined to force their way back into the tie as Martinelli’s strike is headed off the line and Brecher palms away Tierney’s strike.
Zurich and Arsenal began the second-half with a minute’s silence to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, who passed away today aged 96.

Arsenal are also wearing black arm bands. pic.twitter.com/del3P3av8f
46 Mins: A minute’s silence will be held at the start of the second period following the news of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, passing away at Balmoral aged 96.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
HALF TIME: FC ZURICH 1 ARSENAL 1
FC Zurich grab a shock equaliser right on the half time as Kryeziu’s spot kick levels Marquinhos’ debut goal in Switzerland.
Pause in St.Gallen! Zwischen dem FC Zürich und @Arsenal steht es nach 45 Minuten 1:1.

*1:1 | #FCZARS #fcz #stadtclub #NieUsenandGah pic.twitter.com/SNc3YxnXfY
45 Mins: FC ZURICH EQUALISE!!
From nowhere……..the hosts are level!!
Nketiah clumsily catches Fidan Aliti inside the box and Kryeziu sends Turner the wrong way from the penalty spot!!
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FC Zurich level it up from the penalty spot. 🍿 pic.twitter.com/Aig8lQeA8p
37 Mins: Some panic at the back for Arsenal as Jonathan Okita’s cross, is not cleared properly, but Kieran Tierney dives in to make a vital block
33 Mins: Arsenal keep up the pressure with successive corners before Brecher dashes off his line to frustrate Nketiah.
27 Mins: Another chance for Arsenal as FCZ only half clear a corner but Granit Xhaka’s long range piledriver is tipped wide by Yanick Brecher. 
21 Mins: Mirlind Kryeziu is booked for a cynical foul on Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira almost joins him with a debut goal as his cheeky chip lands just over the bar.
17 Mins: 1-0 TO THE ARSENAL
Arsenal have stepped up a gear and the visitors grab their chance to take the lead….and it’s a debut goal for Marquinhos!!
⚡️ MARQUINHOS!!!

🎵 One-nil to The Arsenal.

⚪️ 0-1 ⚫️ (17) pic.twitter.com/MYtvv9T3Em
Eddie Nketiah shows his pace to break in behind the hosts defence and his deflected cross is smashed home by the Brazilian.
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19-year-old Marquinhos gets Arsenal up and running in the Europa League this season 💪

A goal on his senior debut for the club ⚽️ #UEL pic.twitter.com/hdJjgexKbv
*Video available in the US
MARQUINHOS!

THE BRAZILIAN TEENAGER SCORES ON HIS ARSENAL DEBUT! 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/g5aswSN64V
14 Mins: ARSENAL RESPOND
The visitors immediately spring into life on the back of that mix up at the back as Gabriel Martinelli heads Marquinhos’ cross just wide.
10 Mins: CHANCE FOR ZURICH
Matt Turner’s error is pounced on by Aiyegun Tosin but his effort is diverted on to the post by Rob Holding….a LET OFF for Arsenal
8 Mins: A fairly low key start here at the Letzigrund, as Arsenal fail to make anything from a pair of early free kicks, and FC Zurich’s two quickfire corners are cleared.
KICK OFF: WE ARE UNDERWAY IN ZURICH – FC ZURICH v ARSENAL
⏱ We’re underway in Switzerland…

🏆 @EuropaLeague

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10 Mins to KO: Arteta is aiming to change Arsenal’s European record in 2023
Arteta has discussed his ambition to end Arsenal’s long wait for a European trophy, since their 1994 Cup Winners Cup, in his pre match press conference yesterday.
“That’s a long time and I would like to be the first one to break that negative record”, he said.
“But you have to start somewhere and that’s tomorrow, it’s time to play well, and earn the right to win the match.
“This is a competition we want to take very seriously, against an opponent that is going to make life difficult for us, and we want to start the competition in the right way and maintain our momentum.”
30 Mins to KO: Marquinhos and Turner will be hoping for a positive night in Switzerland
Read more about our team to face FC Zurich 👇
1 Hr to KO: TEAM NEWS IS IN!!
Arsenal debut for United States international Matt Turner with three changes in defence as Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney all start.
Another Gunners debut – for Brazilian winger Marquinhos – with Fabio Vieira making his first club start, and the returning Eddie Nketiah leading the line.
Five changes for hosts FC Zurich!
🗞 Team news against FC Zurich

🇺🇸 Turner in goal
🇵🇹 Vieira in midfield
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Nketiah leads the line

📻 Follow the game live with us on https://t.co/4KJlfKW7rt 🔗 pic.twitter.com/cYz7JkgBoM
1 Hr and 30 Mins to KO: Arteta confirms Emile Smith-Rowe absence
An update on @emilesmithrowe 👇
Unsere Startelf gegen @Arsenal! 👊🏼🔵⚪️#FCZARS #fcz #stadtclub #NieUsenandGah pic.twitter.com/ycYLlmdwsP
Foda is without Ilan Sauter through injury and Bogdan Vyunnyk is only fit enough for a place on the bench against the Gunners.
FC Zurich starting lineup (3-5-2): Brecher (GK) — Aliti, Kryeziu,  Kamberi — Guerrero, Selnæs, Krasniqi, Džemaili, Boranijašević  — Okita, Aiyegun.
FC Zurich subs (12): Kostadinović (GK), Avdijaj, Hodza, Santini, Mets, Marchesano, Hornschuh, Omeragic, Rohner, Condé, De Nittii, Viunnyk.
Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny both miss the trip to Switzerland, with Emile Smith-Rowe also staying behind to continue rehabilitation, as Arteta rings the changes.
Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Turner (GK) — Tierney, Holding, Gabriel, Tomiyasu — Lokonga, Xhaka — Martinelli, Vieira, Marquinhos — Nketiah.
Arsenal subs (11): Ramsdale (GK), Hein (GK), White, Saliba, Zinchenko, Ødegaard, Saka, Cirjan, Smith, Cazier-Duberry, Jesus.
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