Arsenal 4 – 2 Vorslka | UEFA Europa League

Arsenal continue to perform strongly, in the UEFA Europa League as well, as they beat Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava 4-2 to top Group E.

A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeng along with goals from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil helped the Gunners to victory at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

Arsenal‘s started out slow and produced very few chances in the initial stages of the game. The home side continued to be frustrated by Vorskla‘s stubborn defending. Alex Iwobi‘s shot from 20 yards a few minutes later was the only decent chance that the Gunners produced.

However, Arsenal’s composure was rightfully compensated after half an hour, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan stealing the ball in his own half, running it into the other half and picking out Iwobi on the counter, who in turn was able to find Aubameyang who scored a goal in on his European debut for the club in the 32nd minute.

Lucas Torreira, on his first start for Arsenal, nearly added a second before the break, but his free shot went just wide of Bohdan Shust‘s goal. Aubameyang went one closer, with his curling effort from far hitting the bar, before Mkhitaryan forced Shust into a save.

Arsenal doubled their lead at the 48th minute, right after the interval, as Danny Welbeck headed home via Mkhitaryan’s exceptional cross. Welbeck nearly added another immediately but was unable to get a solid touch on Aubameyang’s low ball into the far post. It was not long until they found a third though, as Aubameyang bagged his brace with a driven finish from twenty yards in the 56th minute.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery, in search of his fourth Europa League title, handed 18-year-old Emile Smith-Rowe his professional debut for the last 20 minutes with the match completely in Arsenal’s control. Fellow substitute Mesut Ozil added a fourth for Arsenal, calmly tapping Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross into the net in the 74th minute.

Vorskla managed to score soon after, as captain Volodymyr Chesnakov struck the ball right into the roof of the net, denying debutant goalkeeper Bernd Leno a clean sheet. They managed to grab a second with the closing kick of the game, with Vyacheslav Sharpar scoring an almost identical goal bringing in light the poor and clumsy defending by Arsenal towards the end of the match.

Arsenal host Everton in their next Premier League on Sunday, 22nd September as they aim to get their fourth consecutive league triumph under their new manager.

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