Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi scored his first European goal of the season for Arsenal as they lost 3-1 away at Rennes, reports.
It was, however, a good outing for three other Nigerians in the competition with Samuel Chukwueze leading the pack following an impressive performance away in Russia.
ALEX IWOBI: The Eagles’ wide man put Arsenal in the ascendency at the Roazhon Park from an intended cross to give Unai Emery side the lead after just two minutes into the clash.
But following the red card to defender Sokratis, the Gunners capitulated as the host made the most of their numerical advantage, scoring three goals to head into the return leg next Thursday in London with plenty of confidence.
Despite being withdrawn after 53 minutes, the Nigerian still managed to produce an impressive game rating of 7.3, and also completed 79% of his passes attempted.
SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE: The 19-year-old returned to the starting XI and did not disappoint as he helped Villarreal to an impressive 3-1 win away at Zenit St Petersburg.
Vincent Iborra put the visitors ahead after 35 minutes before Sardar Azmoun equalised for the host as both teams went into the break level on scores.
However second-half goals from Gerard Moreno and Manuel Morlanes ensured Villarreal edged closer to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Despite failing to add to his one European goal, Chukwueze was still a force to reckon with as he tormented the Zenit back line all through the 90 minutes which earned him an impressive game rating of 7.6.
PETER OLAYINKA: The lanky forward came off the bench to help Slavia Praha to an impressive 2-2 draw away at Europa League specialists Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Goals from Miroslav Stoch and Alex Keral canceled out Wissam Ben Yeddar and Munir El-Haddadi’s effort to set up a tense second leg in Praha next Thursday.
Olanyinka was brought off the bench on the hour mark and will hope his contributions are enough to earn him a starters birth in the league this weekend.
IYAYI BELIEVE: Nigerian forward, Iyayi Believe Atimwen was on the bench for the entire match duration as Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb pulled off a shock result against Portuguese giants Benfica by a lone goal.