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Can youngsters develop into first teamers? 0

Posted on November 30, 2018 by David Nugent

In yesterday’s article, I talked about Unai Emery getting the balance right in his selection choices for Europa League games. On Thursday night, the Spaniard got his team selection spot on, as the Gunners recorded a comfortable 3-0 win against Vorskla in Kiev.

The game was a good showcase for some of Arsenal’s youngsters to impress, as Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock both got on the scoresheet for the Gunners in a comfortable victory.

Best case scenario? 0

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Harry Kettle

There were a lot of variables to think about heading into Arsenal’s game yesterday, not least of which the atmosphere in Ukraine as well as the speculation over the line-up. Alas, as we now know we saw a thoroughly professional performance from the Gunners, as they ran out 3-0 winners with what was the equivalent of their second team. While that may sound insulting to some of the stars that featured, all it does is prove just how much strength in depth they’ve got – which is a rare position for them to be in.

Vorskla 0-3 Arsenal: The Gunners win the group 0

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Despite all the difficulties they faced for this game, Arsenal have thumped Vorskla in Ukraine and cemented the top spot in their Europa League group.

It was a great display from an extremely rotated team, one in which Petr Cech stoon in goal again, and Carl Jenkinson played alongside Rob Holding the heart of defence flanked by Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Aaron Ramsey provided the experience in midfield where he was joined by the returning Mohamed Elneny and young Matteo Guendouzi, while Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock supported Eddie Nketiah in attack.

Arsenal endure a difficult trip to Ukraine 0

Posted on November 29, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s trip to the Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava on Thursday has been complicated by an ongoing political and military action in the country. The game has now been moved to the capital Kiev, which in all honesty is still a difficult trip.

Arsenal are already through to the knockout stages of the competition and if they win or match Sporting result, the team from north London will win the group.

A trip they could have done without

In truth, Arsenal could have done without the long trip to Kiev ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against arch-rivals Tottenham. While Gunners boss Unai Emery is likely to rest a number of key players, he still has to field a team in Ukraine.

Arsenal prepare for cold temperatures 0

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Harry Kettle

One of the things that we’ll all remember about playing football as a youngster are those bitterly cold Sunday morning games. You know the ones – they made us freeze to death and, if you were in goal or playing at the back, you had real trouble staying warm. So then, imagine what it’d be like if that same feeling applied to a game in the UEFA Europa League over in Ukraine.

Vorskla v Arsenal Europa League Preview 0

Posted on November 28, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday evening, Vorskla host Arsenal in the Group E of the Europa League, as the Gunners look to seal top spot in the group. The game has been moved to Kiev due to political upheaval in certain parts of Ukraine.

Vorskla have endured a difficult Europa League campaign, picking up just three points from their four group games, while suffering three defeats in the process. In fact, the Ukrainian team have won just two of their last 14 games in Europe’s secondary competition.

Vorskla clash moved to Kiev 0

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Harry Kettle

“UEFA’s Emergency Panel has taken the decision on safety grounds to relocate our away match against FC Vorskla from Poltava to Kiev, following the introduction of martial law into certain regions in Ukraine.

The match will now take place at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Thursday, November 29, with kick-off at 5.55pm UK time (7.55pm local time).”

The following statement came directly from Arsenal Football Club’s official website, serving as confirmation that the club will indeed be playing this game in Kiev as opposed to the initial stadium that was proposed. The reasoning for this move is due to the introduction of martial law in certain areas of the country, as you can see, with the club aiming to make this process as easy and safe as possible for their travelling fans.

Vorskla clash to be played – UEFA 0

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are set to play Vorskla in eastern Ukraine in the Europa League on Thursday. However, the former Soviet republic is currently taking emergency measures against potential aggression after Russian Federation captured three of their vessels near the disputed peninsula of Crimea on Sunday. The country’s parliament has expressed full support for president Petro Poroshenko’s call to implement martial law for 30 days.

Naturally, the unpleasant situation caused some safety concerns regarding Arsenal’s trip to the region, and the game itself had been brought into question. However, after discussions with both clubs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UEFA has confirmed the previously established schedule, meaning the game will take place despite the political tensions. According to the European football organization, ‘all the necessary security measures will be undertaken’.

Sporting unlikely to end Arsenal’s unbeaten run 0

Posted on November 06, 2018 by David Nugent

As we all know on Thursday night Arsenal host Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League. The Gunners have enjoyed a comfortable campaign so far in Europe’s secondary competition winning all three games so far.

In truth, Arsenal’s other opponents in Europe have been poor in Qarabag and Vorskla. However, unlike the Gunners other opponents in the group, Sporting have history and European pedigree.

Struggled to find consistency of late

Sporting may be Arsenal biggest rivals for top spot or even only rivals, but the club from the Portuguese capital have struggled for consistency of late. A record of three wins and three defeats in their last six games in all competitions illustrates their recent form perfectly.

Will Bernd Leno start against Everton this weekend? 0

Posted on September 21, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s summer signing Bernd Leno made his first start for the Gunners on Thursday night in a 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla. The German started in place of usual first-choice Petr Cech and Gunners boss Unai Emery has stated he will play again in the next few matches.

The Spaniard stated that he did not feel that Leno was responsible for either of the visitor’s goals. That means he could start against Everton on Sunday or against Brentford in the League Cup next

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