Arsenal lost the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie away to BATE Borisov on Thursday night, going down 1-0 to the Belarussian outfit, and after the match their fans were mixed in their reactions towards one of their attackers, who had a difficult evening.

The Gunners were expected to dominate the tie from the outset, with Unai Emery renowned for taking this competition seriously in the past, but it never really looked like playing out that way as the Londoners offered up one of their worst performances of the campaign to date.

With Arsenal not having a Premier League match this weekend because of their FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United last month, the Spanish boss chose to pick a strong side for the European tie, but did not get the outcome he craved.

BATE opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, and many expected the Gunners to come roaring out and put things right in the second half, however their struggles continued and then worse was to come in the closing minutes.

Alexandre Lacazette grappled with an opposing defender and wrestled clear of his man by throwing an elbow at him, only for the Arsenal forward to be shown a straight red card, which will keep him out of the second leg at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday.

The Frenchman was dismissed late enough in the contest that it didnโ€™t make an impact on the first leg of the tie, but needing to win by two goals to go through by right when the clubs meet in London, his absence could be felt down the line.

Arsenal fans had every right to be annoyed at the forward, and some were, with others offering a more sympathetic view of the incident when they posted their reactions on social media.

Here are some of their messages:


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