Sanchez puts Arsenal into CL group stage

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) Arsenal squeezed into the Champions League group stage for the 17th consecutive season, while Swedish champion Malmo secured a spot in the draw for the first time on Wednesday.

Arsenal relied on Alexis Sanchez scoring his first goal since joining from Barcelona last month to squeeze past Besiktas 1-0 and held on with 10 men for the last 15 minutes.

Arsenal, which drew the first leg 0-0, has been in the group stage every season since 1998-99, and Athletic Bilbao is back for the first time since then after beating Napoli 3-1 to go through 4-2 on aggregate.

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