Unai Emery’s Europa League love starts at Arsenal with 4-2 victory over Vorskla
Unai Emery’s love for Europa League is world renowned. He is also called King of Europa League thanks to his three consecutive Europa League titles won at Sevilla. Now, he is currently managing Arsenal and when Premier League title seems to be a distant dream in his debut season, he started his Europa League love at Arsenal with 4-2 victory over Ukrainian club Vorskla.
Gunners boss also got an opportunity to test the depth of his squad which is not a luxury in Premier League games. He started with Bernd Leno in goalkeeping gloves, Rob Holding as centre-back, Lucas Torreira finding the pace in midfield, and giving Henrikh Mkhitaryan a place in playing XI alongside Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored or assisted against FC Vorskla for three different clubs.
☑️ Metalurh Donetsk
☑️ Shakhtar Donetsk
Different clubs, same result. pic.twitter.com/1bafhDTkrx
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the surprise starter but the way Arsenal find it difficult to break the deadlock in first-half hour, it felt he was needed in the playing XI. Arsenal really become threatening from Vorskla’s first attempt to attack as Dmytro Kravchenko got dispossessed and Makhitaryan surged forward to launch Iwobi. Iwobi sensed an opportunity for Aubameyang as he passed the ball to him and former Borussia Dortmund man made no mistake hitting the post with his first shot on target.
Gunners lead could have doubled in the first-half itself if Lucas Torreira haven’t had side-netted from his free-kick attempt. Aubameyang second shot haven’t clipped the base of the far post and then Vorskla’s goalkeeper hasn’t denied Mkhitaryan.
Emery side started second-half looking more threatening. Mkhitaryan and Iwobi combined together very well to feed Danny Welbeck in 48th minuted, and England international pulled the trigger to make it 2-0 for Arsenal.
Aubameyang enjoyed his double in 56th minute to make it 3-0 for Arsenal. Wellback missed pretty well chances before he got substituted but substitute Mesut Ozil didn’t delay to find himself on the scoresheet.
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It has almost made sure Arsenal’s victory but Vorskla made a late surge to catch them. Volodymyr Chesnakov found the net in 76th minute to earn some consolation before Arsenal defense got exposed again in injury-time. Vyacheslav Sharpar cut the goal difference into half as he scored Vorskla’s second.
Unai Emery’s Europa League love may have been rebooted at Arsenal with 4-2 victory over Vorskla, but he still have something important things to take care of. His defense is still a worry sign as they continue to leak goals.