Whilst Arsenal were focusing on their attempts to get back into Europe on Thursday, a few of their loanees were playing European knockouts.

Hector Bellerin playing for Real Betis (Photo via Bellerin on Instagram)
Hector Bellerin playing for Real Betis (Photo via Bellerin on Instagram)

With their trophy chances at an end, the rest of Arsenal’s season is focused on qualifying for European competition, following this season’s complete absence.

There are a few Arsenal players with European trophy hopes this campaign, however, with Hector Bellerin, William Saliba, and Matteo Guendouzi playing in the Europa League and the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

It was a good night for all of them, with Bellerin and Saliba helping Betis and Marseille to clean sheets against Zenit and Qarabag, whilst Guendouzi got in on the goalscoring.

Funnily enough, Qarabag away is also the only fixture Guendouzi has ever scored in for Arsenal. There must be something about that matchup.

Betis’ 0-0 draw was enough to progress 3-2 on aggregate, whilst Marseille’s 3-0 win gave them a comfortable 6-1 aggregate scoreline.

In the last-16, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will join the action.

Feyenoord and AS Roma finished top of their Europa Conference League groups, so they didn’t have to play in the previous round.

ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma shoots during the warm-up prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma shoots during the warm-up prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma v Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on January 09, 2022. (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)

That brings us to the draw. In the Europa League, Real Betis will face off against Eintracht Frankfurt.

In the Europa Conference League, Feyenoord drew Partizan, AS Roma drew Vitesse, and Marseille drew Basel.

With any luck, we should have a few Arsenal loanees in the quarter-finals of the two competitions. The last-16 first-legs take place on March 10th.

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