Match Report – Arsenal 4 – 0 S Liege


Nick Wright

Remark and Evaluation @nicholaspwright

Arsenal’s kids impress once more in emphatic victory

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Gabriel Martinelli scored two targets and arrange one other as a closely rotated Arsenal aspect turned on the type to thrash Customary Liege 4-Zero of their Europa League Group F assembly on the Emirates Stadium.

Teenager Martinelli, a £6m signing from Brazilian aspect Ituano in the course of the summer time, opened the scoring with an outstanding header after 13 minutes and netted his second with a low, curling end simply three minutes later, making it 4 targets from two video games following his double towards Nottingham Forest within the Carabao Cup.

Joe Willock hit Arsenal’s third purpose with one other curling end (22) earlier than Dani Ceballos accomplished the scoring within the second half when he poked a Martinelli cross over the road for his first purpose for the membership (57).

Unai Emery’s aspect missed a sequence of probabilities to increase their lead within the closing phases, however the victory is one other step in the direction of the Europa League knockout phases following the 3-Zero win over Eintracht Frankfurt of their opening group sport.

How the win unfolded

Arsenal have been dominant proper from the beginning, pushing the guests again and directing most of their assaults down their left flank, the place Kieran Tierney, making solely his second look for the membership following his £25m arrival from Celtic, produced a sequence of harmful crosses.

It was from one such cross that Martinelli scored the opener, darting throughout his marker on the close to put up and glancing an outstanding header excessive into the web after Shkodran Mustafi’s cross-field go had discovered its strategy to Tierney.

Arsenal’s subsequent two targets got here from the identical space. For his or her second, Martinelli beat Customary Liege defender Zinho Vanheusden to a Reiss Nelson cut-back and managed the ball neatly earlier than shifting it onto his proper foot and curling a low end past the goalkeeper.

Willock volleyed one other Tierney cross over the bar from shut vary quickly after that, however the academy graduate didn’t have to attend lengthy so as to add Arsenal’s third, controlling Nelson’s deflected shot and dispatching a composed end into the nook for his third purpose of the marketing campaign.

Arsenal have been unlucky to not be awarded a penalty when Customary Liege goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic introduced down Nelson shortly earlier than half-time, however they have been celebrating their fourth simply 12 minutes after the break when Martinelli’s delicate centre was pressured house by Ceballos.

Arsenal threatened extra targets after that, with Martinelli going near a hat-trick on a few events and Emery additionally sending on Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the bench, however the guests, who provided virtually nothing going ahead, nearly held out.

What’s subsequent?

Arsenal return to Premier League motion at house to Bournemouth on Sunday. You’ll be able to observe the sport with the Sky Sports activities reside weblog from 1pm; Kick-off 2pm.


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