Youthful Arsenal breeze past Standard Liege

Youthful Arsenal breeze past Standard Liege


Arsenal's youth movement rolled to a convincing 4-0 win over Standard Liege in Europa League Group F on Thursday night as 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli scored twice and set up another.

Manager Unai Emery gave his young Arsenal players a chance in a rotated XI and was duly rewarded straight away as Martinelli scored two superb goals to put the Gunners up 2-0.

Seven minutes after Martinelli's strikes, Joe Willock pounced on a rebound right in front of the net and cooly slotted home to give Arsenal a three-goal cushion that they would take into the dressing room.

Dani Ceballos added Arsenal's fourth just before the hour mark with a leaping strike from very close range to poke in a short floated cross from Martinelli.

Arsenal could have easily scored more where it not for a string of second-half saves from Standard keeper Vanja Milinkovic as the hosts cruised to the final scoreline.

The Gunners next face Guimaraes in the Europa League in an Oct. 24 match at the Emirates.

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