Olivier Giroud does not need to score, says Maurizio Sarri

Liverpool are wary about the hostile reception Shaqiri could receive

Chelsea could qualify for the last-32 of the Europa League on Thursday when they travel to Belarus face BATE Borisov.

Unai Emery's Gunners were the better side for long periods at the Emirates against a team who have already had three different managers this term, but had to settle for a point.

Chelsea fans fume after frustrating first-half against BATE. "It's hard to play there, like it will be here as well", the Croatia worldwide, now on loan at Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid, told reporters.

Arsenal continued to press for a victor but failed to find a way through the Sporting defence as Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw an effort saved at point-blank range by Ribeiro and Aubameyang was denied by a flying block.

Olivier Giroud scored the only goal as Chelsea maintained their 100% European record this season and booked their place in the knockout rounds with two games to spare.

'But I know very well that strikers want to score. And Chelsea will fancy themselves better than any of the teams now in the Europa League, though it could all change from the Champions League dropouts join for the knockout stages.

Chelsea were producing one of their least effective performances of the season, but Barkley still came close to netting a second for his side with a 25-yard attempt which was tipped wide by Denis Scherbitsky.

The Blues are second in the Premier League and nearly clear at the top of Group L having already beaten BATE, PAOK and MOL Vidi in the competition.

Last term he played well for Crystal Palace, and has also made his mark at global level.

However, many Chelsea fans are still debating whether they should make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Giroud netted early in the second half.

Key Stat: Chelsea past five games in all competitions have seen over 3.5 goals scored.

Bayer Leverkusen and FC Zurich both qualified from Group A.

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