19 Sep Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal: Sensational Bukayo Saka lifts the Gunners gloom in Germany
The Gunners beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 at the Europa League on Thursday night using a teen the star of the series
There might be lots of questions surrounding a number of Arsenal’s senior players at this time, but the grade of the club’s kids isn’t up for discussion.
The conveyor belt of talent has been made in the Gunners’ Hale End academy retains on yelling, and contrary to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night a few of Arsenal’s glowing young lights helped raise the gloom following Sunday’s capitulation in Watford.
As he did last year, Unai Emery utilized the Europa League as a chance to provide some kids a few minutes and they didn’t fail as the Gunners started their European campaign with a much desired 3-0 success.
Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe equally began, as did 18-year old Bukayo Saka, whose only previous launch came in this contest last year when he awakened against Qarabag in the Emirates Stadium.
Along with the trio all impressed through a frenetic experience in the Commerzbank Arena which easily might have featured a lot more than just three goals scored by the people.
Arsenal’s success shouldn’t be underestimated. Frankfurt had gone 16 games unbeaten at home in the Europa League before the Gunners’ trip, winning 13 and drawing on . The two Inter and Chelsea failed to win here last year along with also the 3-0 scoreline is that the heaviest Frankfurt have suffered in the home in a UEFA competition.
So Arsenal deserve real credit for this success, particularly since it arrived with a makeshift side of comprising both kids and a few players that hadn’t had much game time this year, for instance, much-maligned Shkodran Mustafi.
However, it could have gone either way. The same as against Watford at the weekend, Emery’s side gave up an alarming number of opportunities and had it not been for a few profligate Frankfurt finishing and some fine saves by the exceptional Emiliano Martinez, Frankfurt could have something for their own difficulties.
The home side had 24 shots on target, only seven less than the 31 Watford had on Sunday. Meaning Arsenal have faced a hugely stressing 120 shots on target in six matches so far this year.
Granit Xhaka was again left isolated occasionally in the front of the back four, allowing the home side to decrease through the traffic will and make shooting chances.
However Arsenal also created lots of opportunities themselves thanks for their vibrant youthful attackers, who united tremendously well occasionally with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since the Gabon global once more headed the lineup in the absence of their wounded Alexandre Laaczette.
There’s an awful lot of enthusiasm behind the scenes in the Emirates about Saka, who just flipped 18 a fortnight ago. Along with also the winger showed why using a scintilating screen in Germany.
Lining up on the remaining Aubameyang, he showed no panic involving the cauldron-like air, running with the ball when he got a chance and looking to become in his full-back.
This had been the exact same on the opposite flank with Smith Rowe, which makes his first appearance of the year, whilst Willock caused Frankfurt continuous issues with his ability to take the ball out of deep and getforward in service of Aubameyang.
The young midfielder squandered one glorious chance, shooting over from close range from Aubameyang’s cross, together with this opportunity coming shortly after a dazzling cross from Saka had been blazed over by Lucas Torreira.
Aubameyang had gone again following some nice work from Saka, prior to a target finally came on 38 minutes. Plus it was a target born from Hale End.
Saka was the architect, making some distance by nutmegging his guy before playing at the onrushing Willock, who cut inside and fired beyond Kevin Trapp thanks to some major deflection.
Leading 1-0 at the break, Arsenal needed to withstand some actual pressure after the period and they did exactly that, together with Martinez amazing throughout.
The traffic then took the match from Frankfurt – who’d Dominik Kohr delivered off 10 moments to choose two yellow cards late on because of this electrical Saka.
The adolescent scored his first senior goal with five minutes remaining, curling a great effort into the bottom corner from 25 yards and he then put up Aubameyang to get another two minutes after, winning back ownership before playing at the striker with an superb pass.
This was the perfect end to an superb night for Arsenal, who will believe they’ve begun to lift the gloom brought on by their next half collapse in Vicarage Road.