Molde 0-3 Arsenal: The Gunners advance to the knock out stages with two games to spare
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Molde 0-3 Arsenal: The Gunners advance to the knock out stages with two games to spare

Arsenal have qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with two games to spare following a 3-0 victory over Molde.

After a goalless draw in the first half, Nicolas Pepe redeemed himself after his red card against Leeds United, netting the opener. Reiss Nelson scored the second while Folarin Balogun - having been on the pitch for just 37 seconds, also finding the net. For Balogun, it was his first goal for the club.

Pepe was in fine form in the opening minutes and after several tries, he finally found the back of the net in the second half. A ball got whipped in from the left and finds Pepe at an angle about 15 yards out. His first touch cushioned the ball into his path and he picked out the top corner with a fine finish.

Four minutes later Reiss Nelson added the second for the Gunners. Willock, who had been quiet, burst into life down the right flank and delivered a sensational low ball across the box that was begging to be finished. 

Nelson was the man on the spot and he thumps it home from close range - his first-ever European goal for Arsenal.

Balogun, who came in four Nketiah netted the third for the Gunners on just his second appearance. Smith Rowe had a big part to play down the left and found his teammate in the box. Balogun had his back to goal but turned quickly into a shooting position and squeezed a shot under the legs of the goalkeeper. 

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