Arsenal managed to dispatch of Vorskla last night en route to a 4-2 victory, as they opened up their Europa League campaign in the only way they know how – by keeping their fans on their toes throughout the course of 90 minutes. By all accounts it was another successful night at the office for Unai Emery, who took the club’s current winning streak to four games in all competitions. Sure, that may not seem all too impressive given the kind of opposition they’ve been up against, but you can only beat what’s put in front of you and they’ve certainly done well to recover from the position they were in after the first two games of the Premier League campaign.
Alas, we saw both the good and the ugly last night, as the Gunners seemed to take their foot off the gas when the game was in the bag. While we can all admit that they were home and dry by the time the visitors hit back, it still made for a nervous few final minutes – as we all remember what happened in that famous 4-4 game against Newcastle United a few years back.
Emery wanted to send a message by putting out a relatively strong starting line up at the Emirates, and while there was always going to be a risk of injury, it seems as if the decision paid off – for the most part. A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double either side of half time settled the nerves for many fans, with a Danny Welbeck goal in between to reassure that he does indeed remember how to hit the back of the net.
The signs are there
Mesut Ozil scored the fourth and everyone seemed fine, only for Chesnakov to pull one back before a 94th minute strike ensured the final scoreline was 4-2. Look, at the end of the day they managed to pick up the three points which is all that matters, but from a defensive standpoint, the warning signs are still there. Goal difference could well prove to be vital in terms of who Arsenal get in the knockout stages of the competition, and these are the little things they need to be thinking about.
Unai Emery clearly views this competition as something of a priority, and while some may see that as a mistake, it feels like a smart move.
Were you impressed by Arsenal’s display last night?