Arsenal staged a late comeback on Thursday night thanks largely to Nicolas Pepe, coming from behind to beat Vitoria 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

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Arsenal made things difficult for themselves by spending the vast majority of the match trailing to Vitoria. They conceded in the eighth minute, and after equalising through Gabriel Martinelli in the 32nd they fell behind again four minutes later.

What should have been a fairly straightforward match ended up being a mad scramble to try and find two late goals. Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to score two free-kicks in the final 10 minutes and give the Gunners another three points.

Arsenal now sit top of the group on nine points, ahead of Frankfurt (six points), Standard Liege (three) and Vitoria (zero). Unai Emery’s side are edging closer to the knockout stages and they’re in a strong position to secure top spot too.

Let’s have a look at our player ratings for the match.

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