Arsenal sealed their progress into the round of 32 of the Europa League after they secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Vorskla on the road. The north London side were largely weakened with much of the focus on the derby versus Tottenham Hotspur but they nonetheless produced a solid performance with a number of youth players rising to the occasion.
Two things we learned:
Arsenal top their group in style: The Gunners came into this game requiring three points to seal the first position in their group and they managed to do so without much fuss. After making 10 changes, the fans would have been sympathetic with the youngsters struggling in a tough environment but they managed to reign supreme with Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah excelling in the frontline. Among the trident, Rowe and Willock found the scoresheet on the night and though, Nketiah could not replicate the feat, it was a positive performance from the teenager, who was making his maiden start for the club. The 19-year-old had a couple of solid chances to find the net towards the end but he could not find his shooting range.
All focus on the north London derby: Arsenal were expected to ring in the changes from the league game at Bournemouth over the weekend but Emery certainly gave a surprise with his selection with a number of young players in both the first XI and the substitutes bench. While Nketiah was pretty much certain to start in Danny Welbeck’s long-term injury absence, Emery also handed a rare appearance for Joe Willock while handing debuts to Bukayo Saka and Zech Medley towards the end of the game. The upcoming north London derby is surely a defining game for the Gunners in their top four quest and Emery has made sure that his key players remain in the prime condition to overcome Spurs against whom they have an impressive home record.
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