Arsenal secured top spot in Group E of the Europa League with a game to spare this evening courtesy of a routine 3-0 victory over Vorskla Poltava.
The hosts were already being forced to play more than 200 miles away from their own stadium, and their fortunes got even worse as Arsenal took the game beyond them inside the first half in Kiev.
Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Willock effectively wrapped up the result before the interval, sending Arsenal through to the last 32 as group winners.
Find out how all of the action unfolded courtesy of Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates below.
This match is being played 211 miles away from Poltava in Kiev following a late change of venue due to political tensions in Ukraine, but the 'hosts' must put that aside for a game which they simply need to win. Arsenal can also secure top spot tonight, though, so it should be an intriguing encounter.
We will have a closer look at both teams a little later, but first let's check out the team news...
Well, we'll start with the visitors, who named a host of academy products in their travelling party for this match while taking the opportunity to leave the majority of their senior players at home - understandably with two huge games coming up domestically.
However, there are still places for a few very recognisable names in that Arsenal XI, with Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey among the players included in the starting XI.
Interestingly, it looks as though the forgotten man Carl Jenkinson will be starting at centre-back too, having spent the vast majority of his career at either right-back or left-back. He may need a few pointers throughout the night from Lichtsteiner regarding his position.
The impending returns of Laurent Koscielny and Mavropanos should help with that situation in the coming weeks, but for now Emery does not have the luxury of resting all of his central defenders.
Further forward Emery has chosen the exciting young talents of Willock and Smith Rowe to flank Ramsey in the trio behind the striker, and Smith Rowe in particular has established himself in the manager's thinking, thanks largely to an impressive pre-season campaign.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the standout name, and he has experience of playing in Ukraine from his days with Metalurh Donetsk and Shakhtar. The winger scored twice against Vorskla for each of those clubs.
Olexandr Chyzov was another of Mkhitaryan's teammates at Shakhtar, although like the Arsenal winger he only starts on the bench this evening.
The other switch sees Pavel Rebenok come into the side on the left flank, replacing Sakiv in a move which sees Artur drop back into a deeper position.
Yakubu started that game too, but he is replaced in the side by Sapai tonight, while Kolomoets leads the line once again.
It is a decision which has caused chaos for travelling fans, but perhaps the biggest losers will be Vorskla, who suddenly have to travel 211 miles for a home game - the equivalent of Arsenal being relocated to play a home game at Anfield.
The reason behind UEFA's decision was due to martial law being declared in some areas of the Ukraine amid rising tensions with Russia and, although Poltava was not one of the areas directly affected, Kharkiv was and that is where most fans - and the Arsenal team - would have had to fly in to.
Vorskla currently sit third in the group, but their situation is even more perilous than fourth-placed Qarabag in the sense that their fate is essentially out of their hands tonight. Even a victory may not be enough for them to stay in the competition, depending on what happens elsewhere.
The only way Vorskla can take their hopes of reaching the last 32 into matchday six is by winning tonight and is Sporting fail to beat Qarabag - both of which look unlikely based on what we have seen so far.
Tonight's hosts did hit back with two consolations goals - making them the only team to score against Arsenal in this season's competition, incidentally - but they were then beaten by Sporting at home on matchday two.
Their first points arrived away to Qarabag with a 1-0 win on matchday three, but the Azerbaijani outfit got their own back with victory by the same scoreline in the reverse - a result which looks like being very costly for Vorskla.
It is still regarded as a home game, though, and excluding qualifiers Vorskla have never won at home in Europa, drawing one and losing five - including both this season.
Home and away they come into this match looking to end a three-game losing run which has seen them draw blanks in each game, and another defeat tonight would make it four on the bounce for the first time since October 2016.
The Gunners were facing a flight to Kharkiv and then a long bus journey to Poltava with their initial plans, but now they have been able to fly straight to Kiev ahead of this match.
Indeed, even a draw - or defeat - would see them wrap up first place in Group E so long as Sporting do not better the result, so Unai Emery's side go into this match with their fate firmly in their own hands following three wins and a draw from their four games so far.
Away wins over Qarabag (3-0) and Sporting (1-0) followed before their 100% record ended at home to Sporting last time out - although the goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium was still enough to see them through to the last 32 with two games to spare.
Indeed, Arsenal have kept clean sheets in each of their last three games since conceding twice against tonight's opposition, and they need only two more clean sheets to equal the Europa League record, which is currently held by Napoli and Salzburg.
The Gunners' overall away record in this competition stands at just two defeats from nine games, although one of those did come at this stage of the group stages last season.
It is their record across all competitions which is the most impressive at the moment, though, with Arsenal unbeaten in their last 17 outings under Emery since shaking off back-to-back defeats in his first two matches at the helm.
That victory at the Vitality Stadium was already Arsenal's sixth away win of the season - just two short of their overall tally for the whole of last term across all competitions.
The conditions may well play a part in this match - it is currently -4 in Kiev and is expected to plummet during the game too - but that is about the only advantage Vorskla seem to have having been shipped out of their usual home. Arsenal should come away with all three points tonight.
SPORTS MOLE SAYS: Vorskla 0-1 Arsenal
Aubameyang scored twice while Welbeck and Ozil also registered as Arsenal took a 4-0 lead, before goals from Chesnakov and Sharpar in the final 15 minutes salvaged some pride for the visitors.
However, all four of those defeat came on Ukrainian soil and Arsenal are tonight looking for their first ever away win in this country.
Arsenal have lost to Shakhtar and Dynamo Kiev twice apiece, while their only previous point in this country came against Dynamo in September 2008.
VORSKLA STARTING XI: Shust; Perduta, Dallku, Chesnakov, Artur; Sapai, Skliar, Sharpar, Rebenok; Kulach; Kolomoets
ARSENAL STARTING XI: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Holding, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Elneny; Willock, Ramsey, Smith Rowe; Nketiah
Some nice passing just aside the box panics the Vorskla defence a little and Nketiah is able to bundle his way through a couple of challenges. The ball then squirms away from him and the keeper is ready to collect it, but Artur takes it away from the keeper and inadvertently pokes it straight to Smith Rowe, who sweeps a simple finish into the empty net.
Emile Smith Rowe is the first player at age 18 to score multiple goals for @Arsenal in a single European campaign since Theo Walcott in 2007/08 #VORARS #UEL— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) November 29, 2018
The kids are alright! 🙌
Emile Smith-Rowe was in the right place at the right time to bag his third goal of the season!
A exciting young talent 💪 pic.twitter.com/4rq9zZPNjE— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 29, 2018
Arsenal in complete control now!
6 - Since the re-branding of the competition in 2009/10, no Arsenal player has scored (5) or been directly involved (6) in more Europa League goals than Aaron Ramsey. Leading. pic.twitter.com/NNhKNt0OP1— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 29, 2018
Elneny plays the ball forward for the youngster, who is allowed to carry the ball forward and cut onto his right before calling a simple finish into the bottom corner. The defence didn't even try to make a challenge there!
It has been utter dominance from the Gunners, who have surely wrapped up all three points already in this match - and with it top spot in the group. The second half just looks like being a question of how many they might get.
Emile Smith Rowe was the man who got it - his third goal in just six games for the club - as he clipped his finish into an empty net after a mixture of good work from Nketiah and calamitous defending had seen the ball break into his path.
The hosts complained that the Welshman stopped during the run-up, but the goalkeeper went far too early and Ramsey just stroked his finish into the opposite corner for a simple penalty.
The youngster was allowed to carry the ball forward and tuck his finish into the bottom corner without being confronted for his first ever Arsenal goal.
This is going very, very well for Arsenal's young side!
3-0 up before half time, and Joe Willock has his first goal for the club 👊
A beautiful finish 👌 pic.twitter.com/NN1SifZr8N— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 29, 2018
It is more dreadful defending as a Lichtsteiner cross into the box is left by everyone, with even the keeper looking disinterested as it flashed into the box. Smith Rowe is on the move, though, and tucks his finish into the roof of the net at the back post.
The Arsenal players celebrate, and scoreboard changes, but after a long wait the referee seems to rule it offside - although I'm not sure who against as Smith Rowe was certainly on.
All of the goals came in the first half this evening as Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Willock took the game beyond the uprooted hosts, and Arsenal can now go into their final group game without any pressure on their shoulders whatsoever.
Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for tonight's Europa League clash between Vorskla Poltava and Arsenal as the Gunners secure top spot in Group E comfortably. I will leave you with our match report, and be sure to stick around for reaction too.
We also have live coverage of Chelsea's match against PAOK at Stamford Bridge, which will kick off in around five minutes.
From me, though, it is goodbye for now!