A 2-0 win for BATE Borisov over MOL Vidi ensured that Maurizio Sarri’s men had clinched top of Group L despite having two matches left to play, including their tie against PAOK Salonika later on Thursday night.
Unai Emery’s much-changed side, meanwhile, thumped Vorskla Poltova 3-0, with goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Willock ensuring Sporting Lisbon won’t be able to rise above them on the final matchday due to their superior head-to-head record.
There had been some speculation over whether the match would take place at all after it had been moved at the last minute from Poltava to Kiev, but Arsenal were unfazed by the late change to the schedule and got off to a bright start.
Eddie Nketiah was heavily involved in Smith Rowe’s 11th-minute opener. The 19-year-old played a neat one-two to burst in behind the Vorskla Poltova defence, and although he was tackled at the death, the ball rolled into Smith-Rowe’s path and he made no mistake in giving the Gunners the lead.
Ramsey was fouled in the box and duly converted the penalty to make it two, before a neat finish from Willock from just outside the area put the Gunners 3-0 up by the break.
Smith-Rowe appeared to have scored his second of the night just after the hour mark but it was ruled out – perhps harshly – for his team-mate Nketiah being offside.