Arsenal rookie finishes off lethal counter attack in Gunners' Europa League triumph

Arsenal rookie finishes off lethal counter attack in Gunners' Europa League triumph

Arsenal rookie finishes off lethal counter attack in Gunners' Europa League triumph

The visitors opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, with the in-form Smith-Rowe coolly firing home from inside the box after a run from Nketiah.

It's understood some of a small group of Arsenal support staff were also already in Poltava before Uefa's decision, while the Gunners' plane carrying them to Kiev had technical difficulties which meant their pre-match press conference was delayed by 90 minutes.

UEFA moved the Europa League game from Poltava to the capital on Tuesday after the Ukrainian parliament voted to introduce martial law in parts of the country, not including either city.

Arsenal weren't content to just sit on their lead in the second half, however.

"Oleh Lysak, the Vorskla vice president, confirmed the match may not be played and said "'the Olympic Stadium hasn't given us any kind of confirmation or any other kind of answer" with the Ukraine club apparently attempting to switch the fixture back to the original venue. The most important change is that it affects the supporters.

Yes, it may have only been against Vorskla, but the former Charlton man won every header, every second ball and put in a few great blocks to keep Arsenal's clean sheet intact.


Arsenal have already secured safe passage to the Europa League knockout rounds but a win in Ukraine would also guarantee top spot in the group with a game to spare and a seeded place in the Last 32 draw.

The UEFA Champions League 2018-19 match between Manchester United and Young Boys will be aired live on Sony Sports network.

Joe Willock became the 21st different goalscorer for Arsenal in the Europa League since the start of last season.

Asked about his goal, he said: "You know what, I've probably scored more in away games too!"

Since the re-branding of the competition in 2009/10 no Arsenal player has scored (5) or been directly involved (6) in more Europa League goals than Aaron Ramsey.

"The players have been working with us in all sessions and also in pre-season".

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