Arsenal celebrate scoring against Rapid Vienna
Aubameyang, right, scored 13 minutes after coming on as a substitute

Substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Arsenal came from behind to win at Rapid Vienna in their Europa League Group B opener.

The hosts had taken the lead early in the second half when they capitalised on a Bernd Leno error, as the goalkeeper’s attempted pass was intercepted by Taxiarchis Fountas, who then fired home from a tight angle.

Another error by Leno almost gifted the Austrians a second when he hit a clearance straight at Fountas but he was able to recover and parry the striker’s effort.

Arsenal, who gave a full debut to £45m summer signing Thomas Partey, lacked quality in the final third as they struggled to open up the hosts but found their bite when Aubameyang came off the bench.

David Luiz put Arsenal level when he headed in Nicolas Pepe’s free-kick and Aubameyang secured the win when he tapped in from Mohamed Elneny’s excellent assist.

Leno still looked nervous dealing with passes back to him and another poor clearance hit Luiz and deflected to Fountas, but this time Rapid Vienna’s top scorer could not capitalise.

But that was the only scare in the closing stages as Arsenal closed out the game to kick off their European campaign with an away win.

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Rapid Vienna

  1. Squad number1Player nameStrebinger

  2. Squad number36Player nameArase

  3. Squad number22Player nameStojkovic

  4. Squad number20Player nameHofmann

  5. Squad number4Player nameBarac

  6. Squad number31Player nameUllmann

  7. Squad number39Player nameLjubicic

  8. Squad number14Player nameGrahovac

  9. Squad number8Player nameRitzmaier

  10. Squad number29Player nameKara

  11. Squad number9Player nameFountas

  1. Squad number13Player nameSchick

  2. Squad number28Player nameKnasmüllner

  3. Squad number32Player nameKitagawa

Line-ups

Rapid Vienna

  • 1Strebinger
  • 36AraseBooked at 60minsSubstituted forSchickat 79′minutes
  • 22Stojkovic
  • 20Hofmann
  • 4Barac
  • 31Ullmann
  • 39Ljubicic
  • 14GrahovacBooked at 15mins
  • 8RitzmaierBooked at 69minsSubstituted forKnasmüllnerat 88′minutes
  • 29KaraBooked at 63minsSubstituted forKitagawaat 76′minutes
  • 9Fountas

Substitutes

  • 6Sonnleitner
  • 13Schick
  • 16Petrovic
  • 19Alar
  • 21Unger
  • 25Gartler
  • 28Knasmüllner
  • 30Greiml
  • 32Kitagawa
  • 37Sulzbacher
  • 40Ibrahimoglu
  • 43Savic

Arsenal

  • 1LenoBooked at 90mins
  • 17Cédric SoaresSubstituted forBellerínat 61′minutes
  • 23David Luiz
  • 6dos Santos Magalhães
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 25Elneny
  • 18ParteyBooked at 34mins
  • 7SakaSubstituted forTierneyat 84′minutes
  • 19PépéSubstituted forNelsonat 90+4′minutes
  • 9LacazetteBooked at 27minsSubstituted forWillockat 84′minutes
  • 30NketiahBooked at 37minsSubstituted forAubameyangat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bellerín
  • 3Tierney
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 14Aubameyang
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 20Mustafi
  • 24Nelson
  • 28Willock
  • 33Macey
  • 34Xhaka

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