Arsenal’s loanees are in a good position to progress to the next round of European competition, following the last-16 first legs.
Over the last couple of days, Arsenal’s four remaining loanees in the Europa League and Europa Conference League have taken on their respective last-16 first-leg matches.
For the most part, things have gone well, at least in the three Europa Conference League fixtures.
Reiss Nelson had the best night with Feyenoord, as they romped to a 5-2 win. Nelson played 81 minutes, and he was on the pitch for all five of his team’s goals – assisting their third goal himself.
Nelson hasn’t had the best time on loan so far, struggling to break into the Feyenoord team, but this was a good night for him. They’re well placed to secure progression at home in the second leg.
William Saliba completed the full 90 minutes for Marseille against Basel, and they’ll take a 2-1 lead into the second leg. The downside is that the second leg is away from home, so they may still face a test with the scores so close.
Conversely, AS Roma managed a one-goal win away from home, beating Vitesse 1-0. They’ll be confident in grinding out a second-leg win at home.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles earned just his second start in the last six games, but he was withdrawn at half-time as Jose Mourinho made a triple substitution.
In the Europa League, bad news came from Spain, with Real Betis losing 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. They’ll have to overturn the deficit away in Germany.
Hector Bellerin didn’t feature in the match anyway, as he suffered an injury last week.