Alex Iwobi and his Arsenal teammates have progressed through to the last 32 of the Europa League with a couple of games to spare, despite being held to a goalless draw by Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

The Gunners failed to find the back of the net for the first time since the opening day of the season, but Qarabag's win at Vorskla Poltava in Group E's other fixture ensured that Unai Emery's side still went through.

 Sporting defended doggedly all night, even when reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes when Jeremy Mathieu was shown a red card, and are now strong favourites to join their opponents in the knockout stage with this valuable point.

 The night did come with negatives for an Arsenal side now unbeaten in 15 matches, however, as they lost Danny Welbeck to a nasty-looking injury half an hour into the match, while Stephan Lichsteiner also hobbled off in the second half.