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Arsenal’s brilliant form came to a screeching halt in a 2-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League – despite Mikel Arteta naming a strong squad for the Dutch clash.

The half-time introduction of former Newcastle and Barcelona striker Luuk de Jong transformed the game, beating Rob Holding to set Joey Veerman up for the opener in the 55th minute before scoring eight minutes over himself. late.

Arteta had named a strong team in hopes of scoring a point and securing top spot in Group A – and therefore a spot directly into the March knockout stages. But their ball movement was slow and they failed to capitalize on their dominance of the ball.

And they had to pay for their lack of clinical work in the final third as De Jong shattered the game in the space of eight minutes. After netting Veerman’s first shot, De Jong headed home after Aaron Ramsdale failed to take a corner kick.

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Arteta sent some of his biggest names off the bench – Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and then Gabriel Jesus – but PSV held on to book their place in the knockouts.

For Arsenal, they host minnows FC Zurich next week with a victory sealing first place – and avoiding a knockout round in February.

Arteta would surely have wanted to play a second string XI for this game, which comes three days before a trip to Chelsea, but he may now have to change those plans.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 27: Luuk de Jong of PSV Eindhoven celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal FC at Phillips Stadium on October 27, 2022 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

RONALDO BACK IN GOAL

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo scored after returning for Manchester United in their 3-0 Europa League win over Sheriff.

Ronaldo was frustrated for much of the match as the Sheriff held off his much taller rivals with a stoic defensive performance, only to come undone just before half-time when Diogo Dalot headed home from a corner.

Substitute Marcus Rashford made it 2-0 in the 65th minute after fellow countryman Luke Shaw helped him with a fine cross for a powerful header.

Ronaldo was a picture of annoyance after he blocked a shot from close range, shot wide in the second half from a strong opportunity, and had a goal ruled out for offside – leading the Portuguese star to scoop the ball out of the net and start in the crowd.

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But he finally got on the scoresheet in the 81st minute when he pounced on the ball after the sheriff’s keeper blocked his header, thundering the follow-up house. It was his 701st career club goal

United are now seven games unbeaten in all competitions, their longest run this year.

The Red Devils have also booked their place in the round of 16.

They travel to Real Sociedad next week, where a two-goal win will earn them top spot in the group against the Spanish side. The group winners advance directly to the round of 16, while the runners-up face a side that have dropped out of the Champions League.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Manchester United and Sheriff Tiraspol at Old Trafford on October 27, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Surprise at the start of the season, Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin kept their hopes of a place in the round of 16 in Europe’s second-division competition alive with a 1-0 win over Braga.

In the Conference League, West Ham maintained their 100 per cent record by beating Silkeborg 1-0 and Fiorentina clinched their place in the last 16 with a 2-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

In their first game since manager Unai Emery announced he was leaving to manage Premier League club Aston Villa, Villarreal dropped points for the first time in Europe this season.

Despite already advancing to the knockout stages as a group winner, they were held 2-2 by Hapoel Beer-Sheva as Sagiv Jehezkel equalized in the 79th minute.

In Group D, Cologne’s trip to Slovacko has been postponed until Friday after the game was initially delayed by half an hour due to heavy fog in the Czech Republic.

The teams only managed seven minutes of play before the referee abandoned the game with the score scoreless.

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Europa League results Thursday:

Group A FC Zurich (SUI) 2 (Boranijasevic 67, Marchesano 90+4) Bodo/Glimt (NOR) 1 (Pellegrino 45+1) PSV Eindhoven (NED) 2 (Veerman 56, L. de Jong 63) Arsenal (ANG) 0

Group B AEK Larnaca (CYP) 3 (Altman 26, 72, Lopes 55) Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) (1645) 3 (Vanat 45, Garmash 82, 90+2) Fenerbahce (TUR) 3 (Valencia 42, Zajc 82, Emre Mor 88) Rennes (FRA) 3 (Gouiri 5, 30, Terrier 16)

Group C Ludogorets (BUL) 0 Real Betis (ESP) 1 (Fekir 56) HJK (FIN) 1 (Hetemaj 54) Roma (ITA) 2 (Abraham 41, Hoskonen 62-og)

Group D Malmo (SWE) 0 Union St-Gilloise (BEL) 2 (Teuma 10, Amani 42) Union Berlin (GER) 1 (Knoche 68-pen) Braga (POR) 0

Group E Manchester United (ANG) 3 (Dalot 44, Rashford 65, Ronaldo 81) Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) 0 Omonia Nicosia (CYP) 0 Real Sociedad (ESP) 2 (Navarro 45+2, Mendez 60)

Group F Sturm Graz (AUT) 1 (Kiteishvili 90+3) Feyenoord (NED) 0

Lazio (ITA) 2 (Milinkovic-Savic 36, Rodriguez 58) Midtjylland (DEN) 1 (Isaksen 8)

Group G Freiburg (GER) 1 (Kuebler 90+3) Olympiakos (GRE) 1 (El-Arabi 17) Nantes (FRA) 2 (Blas 17, Ganago 90+5) Qarabag (AZE) 1 (Ozobic 56-pen)

Group H Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 2 (Katai 37, Pesic 64) Trabzonspor (TUR) 1 (Bakasetas 39) Ferencvaros (HUN) 1 (Zachariassen 82) Monaco (FRA) 1 (Ben Yedder 31)

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