Four of Arsenal’s five loanees made it to the quarter-finals of their club’s European competition on Thursday night, with just one eliminated.
All of the Europa League and Europa Conference League last-16 second-legs were held on Thursday, with five Arsenal loanees in the mix trying to progress to the next round.
First up in the early kickoff, William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi took on FC Basel in the Europa Conference League with Marseille. Marseille had only won the first leg 2-1 at home, so their position was somewhat precarious.
The French side got hearts racing when they conceded the opening goal of the game to level the aggregate scoreline. But late goals from Cengiz Under and Valentin Rongier (who was assisted by Guendouzi) secured Marseille’s progression at 4-2 overall.
In the 8pm kickoffs, Reiss Nelson made the starting lineup for Feyenoord and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for AS Roma, but Hector Bellerin was on the bench for Real Betis.
Nelson and Feyenoord took a healthy 5-2 lead into their Europa Conference League second leg with Partizan, and Nelson helped to add to that scoreline with a goal of his own. The winger completed 62 minutes as Feyenoord won 8-3 on aggregate.
Maitland-Niles had a mixed night, playing 66 minutes before being hooked by Jose Mourinho after Vitesse scored to level the aggregate scoreline at 1-1.
After Maitland-Niles’ substitution, Roma went on to score in the 90th minute to win the Europa Conference League tie.
In the only Europa League fixture of the bunch, Bellerin watched Real Betis score a 90th-minute winner to draw level at 1-1 on aggregate, but Betis then conceded in the 120th minute to kill their quarter-final dreams in extra time.
Only recently back from injury, Bellerin didn’t feature in the match.
Saliba, Guendouzi, Nelson, and Maitland-Niles will all be keeping a keen eye on the Europa Conference League quarter-final draw at 14:00 GMT on Friday, 18th March.