Arsenal’s 0-3 win in the Europa League match against Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday evening sure came as a relief to coach Emery. The three goals were scored by Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 38th, 85th and 88th minute, respectively, making Eintracht Frankurt concede their first home defeat in ten years.
It was 18-year-old Saka’s fifth first-team appearance and his first goal for the club this season. Speaking after the match Saka said he was very proud of his achievement, which included two assists and one goal. He said it was his dream to score for Arsenal’s first team, and now that his dream has come true he wants to “do more” for the club. Saka is now the youngest player who scored for the Gunners in Europa League, having turned 18 only a couple of weeks ago.
His fellow Arsenal academy graduate Joe Willock only had words of praise for the teenager. Willock added that he thought his team did well, getting a clean sheet and scoring lots of goals in an away game, which always seems to be an issue. Willock said that they spoke about the atmosphere in the guest stadium before the game and were resolved to try not to pay attention to it, but rather focus on their own game.
Appearing for the first time this season, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made seven saves last night. Asked to comment on the game he said the match was difficult, especially in the first 15–20 minutes when the opponent pressed up really high, but that he thought the defence was good, as the back four and the midfielders stuck together the whole game.
Coach Emery was rather impressed by Lucas Torreira’s performance last night and said he intends to use his skills in the future:
“Tonight he played very well and this season it’s the first match that he (Torreira) was feeling physically very good. […] He was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality. His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score. He did that tonight,” said Emery.
But now it’s back to Premiere League as Arsenal take on Aston Villa at home on Sunday, 22 September. Unfortunately, Alexandre Lacazette will not be there to help his team win, as he has been ruled out until at least October due to an ankle injury. Emery has already indicated that Mesut Ozil did not go to Germany because he was being rested for Sunday’s match, but it still remains to be seen what player choices the coach will make for the upcoming game.
Arsenal can be backed at 2/5 to beat Aston Villa on Sunday.