Unai Emery says his mix-and-match Arsenal produced a ‘big performance’ to see off Vorskla 3-0 in Kiev and secure top spot in Europa League Group E.
Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Willock gave the Gunners a healthy advantage before the break meaning they could relax after the break and hand debuts to teenagers Zech Medley, Bukayo Saka and Charlie Gilmour.
In his post-game press conference, Emery praised the attitude of all his players and admitted he was happy to give minutes to the club’s next generation of stars.
“In the first minute they started pushing and they had some action in attacking moments, but we stopped it well and then when we scored the first goal we took confidence and then took control of the game,” he noted.
“With our positioning, with having the ball, possession, and continuing finding every time an attacking moment for us. The individual quality was good and it was a big performance for us.
He added: “We were thinking today about our victory and also to create with the right players and to give chances to a lot of players.
“We played with young players also and they are working with us in training every day.
“In the 90 minutes, the first thing for us is to win, and then finish the match with some substitutions and the end result.”
With a reputation for detailed video analysis, Emery made clear that this evening’s opponents, despite their status as relative minnows, were given the same pre-game treatment as other opponents.
He revealed: “We analysed the opposition like in other matches and with this respect in thinking to impose our work, our ideas and our qualities.
“But, with respect to them and then, on the pitch and at half-time, we are speaking to remember things tactically and individually to continue with our ideas in our match against them.”