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Richmond Boakye hit the post for the hosts in the first half.

The Gunners were below par all through the game and struggled to create chances or convert them.

The second half was much the same.

Progression from Group H now looks a certainty, with the Gunners sat five points clear in first place after three wins from as many matches. They were unsafe on set pieces, but thanks to some good saves from Petr Cech and some desperate defending Arsenal survived without conceding.

In Arsenal's Europa League encounter away at Red Star Belgrade, the score read 0-0 until Giroud scored the opening goal in the 85th minute which eventually turned out to be the match victor.

Arsenal's next Europa league game is on November 2nd at the Emirates again against Red Star.

On his goal - somewhat similar to the Puskas Award-finalist strike he scored last season against Crystal Palace - Giroud said he only attempted the audacious shot after he failed to locate a teammate to whom he could pass.

"They defended very well, but the goal is a outcome of us wanting to play through them".

In the last ten minutes, Rodic was sent off after a coming together with Francis Coquelin, which made the task even harder for the Serbian minnows.

After sparkling inter-play between Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, Giroud executed an overhead kick into the top corner five minutes from time to lift returning pressure from Arsene Wenger. Walcott played a one-two with Wilshere who flicked the ball back to Walcott who headed it across goal.

Arsenal would hold on to win 1-0 and pick up a potentially crucial 3 points in the context of the group.

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