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BATE Have Only Won Two Games Vs English Clubs, Shkodran Mustafi Played Both

BATE Have Only Won Two Games Vs English Clubs, Shkodran Mustafi Played Both

Shkodran Mustafi has had a rough time when it comes to playing against BATE Borisov.

The Belarusian club stunned Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday night when they picked up a 1-0 victory at the Borisov Arena.

It's even more surprising for the fact that BATE have only ever beaten two English teams in their history, with their first victory coming in 2009 over Everton in the Europa League.

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Well, Mustafi played for the Toffees in that match.

That's right, the 26-year-old Germany international made his competitive debut for the club when he came off the bench to replace Everton legend Tony Hibbert.

Fast-forward a decade later and Mustafi has once again tasted defeat at the hands of BATE in the same competition.

Now that's a scary coincidence.

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Unai Emery's men had a shocking night in the European competition, especially when back-to-back corner kicks in the second half highlighted how bad their performance was against BATE.

That's not to mention that Gunners supporters had to endure the same joke from fans following their defeat.

"Next week we are going to play another 90 minutes and I am sure it is going to be different," Emery told BBC Sport.

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"Today, the first half was a good performance for us, we had chances to score, sometimes last week our chances brought a goal and today they did not.

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Credit: PA

"We worked. I am happy with the players as we worked and we tried. They struggled also defensively when they were 1-0 up -- and they are organised and a competitive team.

"Our big chance, our big opportunity and challenge is next week. I trust in our players and I trust in our stadium and supporters."

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Arsenal were also reduced to ten men when Alexandre Lacazette received a straight red for elbowing Aleksandar Filipović.

While the Gunners boss said that he "didn't see the action," he said that he has spoken to the 27-year-old French forward and believes his "frustration needs controlling."

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Credit: PA

"It's bad news with the red card," he added.

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"Next week we aren't going to play with him, but now we are going to think with the players that are OK for next week."

Arsenal will host BATE next Thursday at the Emirates Stadium.

Will Arsenal progress to the next stage of the Europa League competition this season?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Unai Emery, Football, Europa League, Everton, Arsenal, Shkodran Mustafi, Alexandre Lacazette

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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