LONDON: Arsenal’s fans had waited nine long months to return to the club’s north London stadium but the 2,000 people sprinkled across the red seats had to wait only nine minutes to enjoy the thrill of celebrating a goal in the flesh last night.
Appropriately, it was Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette who struck the opener in a 4-1 Europa League victory against Rapid Vienna.
Further goals by Pablo Mari and Eddie Nketiah raised the decibel levels and Koya Kitagawa pulled one back for Vienna just after the break.
Emile Smith Rowe later rounded off a comfortable Arsenal win.
Seven-time European champions AC Milan hit back from two goals down against Celtic to claim a 4-2 victory that sent them into the knockout phase.
Tottenham Hotspur, Antwerp, Lille, Villarreal, Braga, Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade also progressed to the last 32.
Tottenham earned the point they needed to reach the knockout stage as they were held to a roller-coaster 3-3 draw at LASK Linz after Mamoudou Karamoko grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser for the Austrians.