Wild celebration, red card, and a broken nose: Former Arsenal players enjoy crazy weekend

It has been quite a weekend in Europe for three former Arsenal players at their clubs in the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga.

Arsenal enjoyed a sensational comeback victory when all appeared to be heading horribly wrong against Norwich, and the current set of players were not the only ones to have a rollercoaster weekend.

Three former Gunners playing in Europe's top leagues all have stories to tell from their weekend exploits, each of which can be read here.

We begin with former loanee, Julio Baptista, who two months ago returned from a 15-month injury lay-off to get back into the Malaga first team picture.

Malaga suffered heartbreak in midweek when they were agonisingly close to a Champions League semi-final place, only for Borussia Dortmund to score twice within 90 seconds to crush their dreams.

This weekend they lined up against Osasuna, but it was a frustrating match for the disappointed side. 

However Julio Baptista had other ideas; 'The Beast' who spent a season with Arsenal in 2006-07.

He struck late in the 92nd minute to prove to Malaga that injury time goals can be good news sometimes, prompting wild celebration among the players, coaching staff and fans, as they all let loose after an emotional week.

You can watch the scenes here:

He was not the only ex-Gunner to get on the scoresheet; enter Mathieu Flamini.

Flamini, who has this week been linked with a Premier League move to Aston Villa and Southampton, opened the scoring for AC Milan in their important home encounter with Serie A rivals Napoli.

He pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box in the 29th minute to give Milan the lead, which can you watch below, but it was not the end of his night;

That would come in the 72nd minute when he was given a straight red card for a sliding tackle adjudged to be two-footed, not too dissimilar to the one he put in against Tottenham in the Champions League a couple of seasons back.

Slightly harsh? Perhaps, judge for yourselves...

If he was unfortunate, then meet former Arsenal trainee Havard Nordtveit, who plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach.

His side lost 2-0 at the weekend to Stuttgart, but he could do little about it; after just nine minutes he had to be substituted after he collided with Georg Niedermeier.

He was knocked to the ground, and had to be carried off with blood pouring from his nose, which was 'pointed in the wrong direction'.

He later confirmed he had suffered a fracture of the nasal bone via his Instagram account, with it unclear how long he may be out of action for.

image: © lodekka

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