Arsenal 3-0 Bate: Mustafi & Sokratis send Gunners to last 16

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 21/02/2019

Arsenal booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a comfortable second-leg victory over Bate Borisov at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

After a disappointing performance in losing the first leg in Belarus, Gunners needed to score at least twice to go through as home side take the lead inside four minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross was turned in by Bate defender Zakhar Volkov.

However, Germany international Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-0 before the break with a powerful header from Granit Xhaka's corner.

Substitute Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in the third goal after an hour.

The Gunners have not made the final of a European competition since their Champions League defeat to Barcelona in 2006 and were knocked out in the semi-finals of this competition last season.

They will hope to go one step further this time around though - the prospect of securing an automatic spot in the Champions League by winning the Europa League is a strong motivator.

The draw for the last 16 takes place on Friday, 22 February at 1 pm Nigerian time