It was a successful finish to an eventful weekend of European football for Arsenal’s players out on-loan.


Despite being an unused substitute, Takuma Asano’s VfB Stuttgart held their nerve to clinch the 2. Bundesliga title with a 4-1 win over Wuerzburger Kickers, confining them to relegation in the process.

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VfB Stuttgart’s Japanese forward Takuma Asano (C) is celebrated by fans after the German second division Bundesliga football match VfB Stuttgart v FC Wuerzburger Kickers in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on May 21, 2017. After this last match of the season VfB Stuttgart qualified for the German first division Bundesliga. (Picture source: Thomas Kienzle / AFP / Getty Images)

They knew that a win would be enough to see off Hannover 96 for top spot, and their draw away against Sandhausen meant they finished two points behind Hannes Wolf’s side.


Jon Toral scored as Rangers saw off St. Johnstone in their final league fixture of the season, despite a late charge from Sunday’s hosts. It was the Spaniard’s third and final goal for the Teddy Bears before his return to Arsenal. He’ll be glad to return after receiving criticism for his poor defensive showing during the build-up to Aberdeen’s first goal in midweek during a frustrating defeat. He has been recovering from a rib injury which has impacted his performances.


Kelechi Nwakali and his MVV Maastricht team-mates are into the final of this season’s qualification for a place in next year’s Eredivisie. They’ll face Roda JC Kerkrade, who only won seven in 34 matches this term, high on confidence after their 2-1 win over Cambuur on Sunday afternoon.

The teenager, who operated as a right-sided winger for the full match, assisted Steven Pereira after 80 minutes in a valiant comeback, having gone behind to Martijn Barto just before the hour mark.