BATE came into the clash at the Emirates with hopes of an upset after
beating Arsenal 1-0 in Belarus last week, but the hosts were level on
aggregate after just three minutes when Zakhar Volkov sliced
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's low cross past Denis Scherbitski in his own
Unai Emery's side poured forward and put themselves deservedly ahead
in the tie when Shkodran Mustafi thumped home a header six minutes
before the break.
Maksim Skavysh missed a good chance to put BATE ahead on away goals
when Arsenal failed to clear three minutes after the restart, but
another powerful header, this time from Sokratis on the hour mark, put
the Gunners into Friday's draw.
Arsenal will be joined by another of the tournament favourites in
Napoli after Carlo Ancelotti's team breezed to a 2-0 win over FC Zurich
that saw them win 5-1 on aggregate.
Adam Ounas starred on the night for the Serie A outfit after laying
on Simone Verdi's 43rd-minute opener before scoring the hosts' second
with 15 minutes left.
RB Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Zenit Saint Petersburg all also
overturned first-leg deficits, with Austrians Salzburg hammering Club
Brugge 4-0 to go through 5-2 and Croatian champions Dinamo 4-2 winners
on aggregate after a storming 3-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen.
Zenit meanwhile overcame Fenerbahce 3-1 in Russia, Magomed Ozdoev and
Sardar Azmoun giving the hosts an aggregate lead before Mehmet Topal
put the Turks ahead on away goals just before the break.
However Azmoun struck again 14 minutes from the end to see Sergei Semak's side through to the last 16.
Pablo Fornals snuck Villarreal past Sporting Lisbon with a fine
curling strike that gave the La Liga side a 1-1 draw on the night and a
2-1 win overall.
Scotland's participation in Europe ended on Thursday after 10-man
Celtic fell 1-0 at Valencia, already 2-0 up from the first leg in
Glasgow and winners in Spain thanks to Kevin Gameiro's 70th-minute
Eintracht Frankfurt swept past Shakhtar Donetsk with a pulsating 4-1
win over the Ukrainians that gave the Bundesliga side a 6-3 aggregate
Sevilla cruised into the next round 3-0 on aggregate on Wednesday
after a 2-0 win over Lazio that saw Wissam Ben Yedder score his second
goal of the tie after 20 minutes before Pablo Sarabia lashed home Jesus
Navas' pass with 12 minutes to play.
Later on Thursday, Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea look to put recent
turmoil behind them when they host Malmo with a 2-1 first-leg lead,
while inconsistent Inter Milan look to hold their single-goal advantage
over Rapid Vienna at the San Siro.