Arsenal made a bright start to their Europa League campaign as they secured a comfortable 4-2 victory over Ukrainians Vorskla in their opening group game at the Emirates Stadium. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the pick of the players for the north London giants as he contributed a goal in either half.
Two things we learned:
Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities: Despite facing a vastly inferior opposition to them, the Gunners could not register their first clean sheet of the campaign. It could be said that both goals were pretty much unstoppable for debutant Bernd Leno in goal but the lead up to those strikes should pose a concern for manager Unai Emery. Stephan Lichtsteiner was at fault for letting Volodymyr Chesnakov have a clear sight on goal for the first strike whilst another consolation from Vyacheslav Sharpar came after Mateo Guendouzi switched off right before final whistle. Arsenal have endured a rather forgettable 2018 where they have barely kept clean sheets and it appears their fortunes have not been overturned despite the change in personnel between the sticks.
Maiden starts for Arsenal’s summer trio: With the change in competition, Emery had the chance to ring in the changes and he certainly did so with Lichtsteiner, Leno and Torreira being handed their maiden starts for the club. Among the trio, both Torreira and Lichtsteiner were impressive with their movements in central midfield and right-back respectively and the latter made a mark on the scoresheet by providing a loopy assist for Mesut Ozil’s goal. Nonetheless, he made one genuine error after getting the ball caught under his feet for Chesnakov’s goal and this somehow removed the gloss from his performance. Leno, though, impressed with his distribution from the back without much pressure from the opposition but he could not restrict Vorskla from scoring after a couple of belter strikes.
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