The referee is looking at his watch. We're nearly done here. Three minutes and thirty seconds saw Arsenal score all three goals. Two goals in the three minutes before half time undid the Lilywhites valliant efforts of the first half and a third arrived thirty seconds into the second half.
But there was a definate differance in class and I'm sure the Gunners would have found a way through even if we could rewind the clock and blot out those three goals. Dundalk did well and showed a good togetherness, they will need that to put points on the board back home and to get through an FAI Cup Quarter-Final match V Bohemians.
A frustrating night for the Lilywhites, but they aquitted themselves well for the vast majority of the game against a footballing giant. Let's see what they can come up with ahead of the match on Irish soil.
Three additional minutes. Dundalk spend the last minute of the reguar ninty passing it around the back, a long ball from Hoare gave posession away and they come forward again.
Sean Gannon does well to head a crossed ball out of the path of a looming red shirt. Arsenal are really putting the screw on Dundalk with those crosses to the box, relentless. Hopefully they can hold out and not conceed again in the dying minutes.
Willock tries to go by Gartland and the Town's defender grabs a hold of him as he does so. Ref doesn't spot it.
Reiss Nelson cuts in and tries a shot, it whistles past Rogers' post.
Ten minutes left, Arsenal with a corner. Dundalk have proven me wrong so far and have coped defensively despite a glut of subs. They haven't had much luck going forward though, it's batten down the hatches stuff for now.
Elsewhere in the group; Molde are beating Rapid Wien.
Dundalk have a free in shooting range, Willian fouls Mountney.
Hoban lines up to take it but he blasts it over without troubling the 'keeper.
Dundalk held their own for most of the first half but I'm worried that the eleven they have out now aren't as defensivly sound. There has been lots of booting the ball out of the box. Have their heads already left the Ethidad and Arsenal for Richmond Park and St Patrick's Athletic?
Nervy for the visitors now, the subs have changed the shape of the team a bit and Willian's introduction gives Arsenal that laser-guided ability to ping the ball into dangerous positions.
Mountney looked to get on the edge of a cross-field ball from Flores but he's muscled off the ball. He would have been in on goal had he worked a way through there. He feels he was pushed, but the referee had a good view of it.
Dundalk haven't offered much going forward in this half. Arsenal have eased up a bit, but there are some big subs coming for Arsenal.
Jordan Flores (in) - Patrick McEleney (out) (Dundalk). McEleney is unable to continue.
Patrick McEleney pulls up with an injury and doesn't get back up. Arsenal put the ball out so the Dundalk player can get treatment. He'll be a dent to Dundalk's domestic efforts.
Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) scores. 30 seconds into the new half and Arsenal score again. The former Lille man, who arrived for a fee of €79million, controlls a ball across the box with his left and then hits it with his right straight into the top right corner.
It would have been an achievement for Dundalk to have kept it scoreless until the break. Come what may, Dundalk fans could have taken solace in a 'it was nil nil at half time' summary. Three loose minutes proved very costly indeed, that can happen against one of football's lofty elites.
Joe Willock (Arsenal) scores. A poor pass from Dummigan lets Arsenal break at pace. Dundalk hold their shape and when Pépé tries to shoot through bodies, it rikoshets fortuitiously to Willock, who's first touch takes him inside, his next touch rifles the ball into the roof of the net.
A combination of bad luck and perhaps a lack of concentration in the closing moments of this half, have given Arsenal a two goal lead, that flatters them. This is very harsh on Dundalk, they had done very well to frustrate their hosts. It was 0-0 with three minutes until half time.
Joe Willock (Arsenal) scores. Arsenal have a corner and Rogers tries to punch it clear but fluffs it, he couldn't get much on it with two bodies in his way, it spills into the six yard box and Willock is quickest to react, he pumps it home from close range.
The Dundalk goal led a charmed life for that effort there. The Irish side could use a spell on the ball to regroup for a big five minutes.
Pépé whacks a cleared ball into the box, it was something off a shot and deflectes off a number of boides before spilling to Nketieh a couple of feet out, but he scuffs it and it goes wide. A let off there.
Willock's scuffed shot from outside the box takes a deflection, which almost made it more dangerous as Rogers had already dived. It doesn't change direction much and Rogers is able to collect it.
Joe Willock crosses it from the right and it's headed goalward and Rogers has to make a save, he maybe could have held it but better safe I guess.
Dundalk clear the corner through Boyle after it pings about for a bit. Phew.
Sean Murray, who is on a fine goalscoring run in Europe, swipes at a cross on the edge of the box but can't connect. it spills to Duffy who can't find a way through, lays it back for Shields, who shoots and gets a corner.
The corner, like Dundalk's last corner is gathered by Runarsson.
Arsenal are probing down either wing, almost working it right into the corners and then crossing. They have shown a slight preference for the right side, the one guarded by Dummigan.
As I wrote that, Arsenal work it down the right and Pépé chips it over the Dundalk line to Eddie Nkehieh but he's offside.
Runarsson with a kick out, following Mountney's overhit cross. He launches it into the Dundalk half but the Irish side win a throw as it's not taken under control.
Elneny lays it off for Nelson and his low shot sends ripples of worry through the visiting camp right up until it goes wide, just.
Pépé gets under a looing cross into the box, but under attention from Daniel Cleary, he can't direct it down and it pops over.
The possession stats have flashed up: Arsenal 60% - 40% Dundalk.
The Dundalk backs at sixes and sevens at the moment, there have been two corners and a peppering of crosses in the last 4 minutes.
Willock pokes a ball through to Pepe who shoots and it treakles wide of the Dundalk post.
Arsenal at fult tilt and then Dundalk get on the ball in the form of Duffy who gets a foul after a red shirt thunders through the back of him, knee up. Needless free given away as Duffy was surrounded. Perhaps lucky it's just a free'.
Brian Gartland has to hurl himself on the floor to beat out a cross at the near post. The resulting corner hits the side netting.
A rapid move from the Gunners down the right looked menacing but Dundalk hold firm and boot it away.
Arsenal retain it and Pepe shoots from almost an identical position to Soares moments ago, with an almost identical result, miles over.
Cédric Soares shoots from outside and the box and it soars over.
Dundalk have managed passages of passing which has been a welcome relief for an opening ten which has seen Arsenal put them under pressure. Arsenal haven't managed a shot yet mind.
A ball is lumpted into the Dundalk box and it drops in Xhaka's path, it looked very dangerous but it's cleared by Dundalk. Xhaka hits the deck looing for a penalty, and well quite frankly, as captain, he should be embarressed with himself there.
Dundalk go forward with Duffy. He pulls the ball back for Patrick McEleney who is a long way out, but his shot forces a save from Runarsson and it's a corner for the Irish side.
Runarsson collectes the subsequent delivery as it floats in.
Dundalk, in their black kit sitting in their own half.
Arsenal, in their traditional red and white, probing.
Dundalk kick off and straight away Arsenal are hounding them for the ball. They manage a number of passes and the ball is put out for a throw, to the visitors. But they struggle to keep the ball from it.
The teams are out on the pitch, the stadium is of course empty but crowd noise is going to be pumped in. It's still a 'hackles on the back of your neck' arena.
Perhaps Mikel Arteta was keeping his cards close to his chest, but his comments earlier in the week about what he knew about Dundalk, in which he said he spoke to some Irish staff and added in a few clichés of showing respect - reeked of someone who hadn't done his homework, yet. That said, the Londoners should have enough in their arsenal even from a cold start.
Interesting to hear Dundalk manager's comments about being 'frustrated' by Dundalk's fixture congestion. Dundalk come into this game with three days of a break since losing to Waterford in the league, a result which puts pressure on the Lilywhites' efforts to get back into Europe next year!
But we've a second game in Group B to look forward to tonight (and four more games after that). Arsenal represent the toughest test by a considerable distance, a team much more familiar with Champions League Group Stages, and the mythical beyond.
Plenty of quality in the Gunners' team suggesting they aren't taking the result as a given. There are 10 chances from their last game in the EPL, but it's hard to pick a weak team from such a pool of talent. Some big guns in reserve on the bench if needed.
Dundalk's team has a defensive air to it. It looks like they may opt for five at the back. Sean Gannon and Darragh Leahy are on the bench with Dummigan and Mountney set to be depolyed as wing-backs.
Good evening! We are half an hour away from kick-off at the Emirates Stadium. Ciarán Fisher will be taking you through the action as it happens.
Competition: 2020/2021 Europa League Group B
Date: 8 p.m. Oct. 29, 2020