A very young Arsenal side went away from home and beat FC Vorskla 3-0 to top our Europa League group. Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Willock gave Unai Emery’s side the win they needed, and it was a lovely glimpse in the future and how much talent there is coming through the academy.

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Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Let’s not get carried away. The Volska team is probably the 2nd worst team we will play this season (behind Sp*rs), but it was so enjoyable to watch our academy step up and win a 1st team game. Medley looks like he could be an option at LCB and Nketiah showed he’s capable of being the right winger we need, great feet.

Ric
Ric

I don’t think anyone is really getting carried away with this result mate

Gunnanarama
Gunnanarama

Dear Santa, please don’t let Arsenal mis-manage these young players. Keep ’em signed and do it early!!!

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

And we still have Reiss to come back after playing some serious football

MustardSoup
MustardSoup

Carl Jenkinson is so good he doesn’t need eyes to read the game

Charlie Gilmour's Girls
Charlie Gilmour's Girls

Ridiculous that they took Emile’s second goal off him. More merciful than correct refereeing.

And Willock looks like he could make the grade when/if Rambo goes

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

It was fairly similiar situation to Mane’s goal. Nketiah went for the ball. We must be consistant. If most Arsenal fans (including me) said it was offside against Liverpool then it was the same for yesterday.

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

What a thoroughly enjoyable night. These kids are alright. Reminded me of when Vela, Wilshere and co tore shefield Wednesday to shreds in the carling cup years ago.
Whoever scouted Guendozi; give him a raise Stan!

Robin Van Pursestrings
Robin Van Pursestrings

*Sheffield United. If it matters

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

Yeah you’re right. Was in such high spirits I got the names muddled. Still, great performance by the kids back then

Arsenal Born
Arsenal Born

Oh it matters….my ex had an affair with a sheff Utd fans, fucking hate them with a passion. It matters .

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

The Vela dink days.

goonero
goonero

The Sir Chips we deserved, but not the one we ended up with.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I have a man crush on Vela

Bendtner’s Ego
Bendtner’s Ego

Given the incident he had with the Mexican National team, he might appreciate your man-crush.

GraeB
GraeB

Hmmm, look back at the team v Sheff U that night and hope we can do better with the futures of our current crop. Best from then was Wilshere and – surprisingly – Ramsey, with bit credits for Flapianski and Lord Bendtner. Lots of the others were lauded as the future but didn’t really make it.

abhimanyu1989
abhimanyu1989

Good win! The opposition was very average yes, but we were playing in -12 DegC! So, good job by the youngsters stepping up. Willock and Smith-Rowe were especially good and Jenks did well to slot in at CB when the team needed him to, and put in a solid performance. Do we top the group now irrespective of the next round of results? If yes, then I think the youngsters should have a game at the Emirates against Qarabag. They deserve it. Well done!

And now onwards, let’s have us some Spuds….COYG!

arsepedant
arsepedant

Yes, we have won the group. The best Sporting can do is tie us on points, and we have the tie-breaker (head-to-head) over them.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

I don’t think I’ve seen an unearthed gem like Guendouzi in a long time. Industrious, assured, and creative. And hes only 19! Bravo to Sven and Emery for having the balls to play him consistently. I don’t think it is stated enough, but it was actually quite the risk to play a teenager from Ligue 2 early on in the season for a new manager trying to establish himself.

andrey arse shaving
andrey arse shaving

It’s not a risk if he’s good enough – which he is 🙂

Rich
Rich

Guendouzo is well built for his age, he holds onto the ball and uses his frame really well, same can be said of Smith-Rowe.
Thoroughly enjoyable game, Nketiah was a menace throughout, thought he was our best player on the night.

sambo
sambo

When you think, Guendouzi is 19 and Torriera is 22 with Smith Rowe at 18, we are looking very good for many a year.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

I agree some of his passing and flicks over the top are ridiculous to try for his age. He has no fear and works his bollocks off for the team. What a star he is going to be. Please stay!

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

jenko at Cb even against this lot was impressive. Thought Eddie was fantastic, could have scored a couple but his overall play was excellent particularly in the 2nd half. Massive respect to Elneny, real professional and irreplaceable squad player

Charvakan

OK, it’s Vorskla, but seeing these young guys play with so much confidence and skill is heartening. Ramsey could see that he was playing alongside his heir apparent in ESR; nice to see them both score today. Hats off to Emery for starting Jenko–he deserved that. I always figured he could be an emergency CB, though he’s far down the depth chart there, especially when Chambers returns. Nketieh could use a loan spell, I think. He’s great to have here now that Danny’s out, but as the competitions get to their later stages (if we’re still in them), he won’t get as much time with the first team. Maybe a January loan to a Championship or League 1 team would get him a run of starts. I wonder when Willock could be a regular first-team player…maybe sooner than anyone expected.

santori
santori

Can’t wait to be back in CL. Some of these europa opponents even make Jenkinson look good.

That said, well done the young lads today.

We were in control of the game, penalty maybe a bit soft but then we were denied a goal for a wrongly called offside.

Elneny and Guendouzi controlled the middle of the park today. Willock put in a great shift today.

Just ahead, good movement from Smith-Rowe and Ramsey but Nketiah was excellent. I won’t be suprised if Welbeck is moved on in the summer to make way for Fast Eddie. His instincts are superb but also close control and change of direction.

Cech and Lichsteiner today tried to balance the deficit in favour of the older players.

Jenkinson and Holding hardly troubled today as Volskra failed to mount much effort further up the pitch. Tehy were all over the shop today.

Good to also see AMN on. Simply impressed by the close control of the younger players.

Saka came on later and if we carried on we would be lumping in U14s next. BUt this kid looks impressive with his pace and movement.

Also good to see Medley come on (Indicative of the lack of threat from Volskra) and of course Gilmore.

On to bigger things this weekend but these young players are showing plenty of promise.

AND with Brexit issues looming, we will need as much for Llungberg and company to feed the pipeline from within. Looks like the revamp embarked upon by Wenger some years back is now starting to pay potential dividends for us from Academy.

And Emery is just the sort of gaffer to help horn these players tactically, reap the benefits.

Ray Dennis
Ray Dennis

Most pleasing aspect. We finished with 6 teenagers on the pitch who all played well. Emery will bring these kids on. Arsenal after a number of years underachieving now fill me with hope for a return to the glory days

cagooner
cagooner

Let’s also appreciate the professionalism being shown by Ramsey. We get none of the sulkiness or press noise from him that we saw from certain other short-timers like Alexis and Robin Van Cunty. He just accepts his status and appears to willingly put in a shift as sub, or as part of the second string in a freezing cold semi war zone. Huge credit to him and his leadership. i will be very sorry to see him go. (But i still think Blogs is overly generous with his Rambo ratings! 🙂 ).

Nick
Nick

Steady. He got a run out with the kids against a pub team. Enjoy the view of the derby from the bench, Aaron.

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

Just to give some context. Van Persie and Sanchez wanted to leave the club so they were unhappy with proceedings. Ramsey doesn’t want to leave, emery has decided he is not good enough. Could not agree more. Wish him well and he could be very good for a mid table team.

Basher
Basher

Is it just me that wants Rambo to stay?

79/80/81
79/80/81

Nope. Looking at the way he used the ball in the build up to the 1st goal I felt very sad. It’s subtle but so classy. You can argue it makes the goal. I am very sorry that he is going. I don’t really get it.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

When was Van Persie sulking? He was always professional at Arsenal and even after he went to United he was respectful. You like him or not but Arsenal would probably be much worse today if it hadn’t been for his last season. Let’s be thankful for that.

JoolzyBergkamp
JoolzyBergkamp

Van Persie wanted to stay … but he had enough of players like Denilson, Djourou, and Almunia in the squad.

Just like most other Arsenal supporters.

Clarky
Clarky

Not going to pretend Jenko is an unearthed gem (to para-phrase an earlier comment) but, credit where its due, he played well tonight.

Hantal
Hantal

I was disappointed to see Nketiah react poorly to smith rowes goal and a later miss

GraeB
GraeB

Yes, on the one hand you want him to be annoyed at missed chances but then you don’t need the prima donna bits until you’re as good as Ronaldo. I think he can become the next Ian Wright but needs to recognise it’s a team game.

kaius
kaius

Some of you have absolutely no idea what these young guys sacrifice to make it at a club like Arsenal. No idea.

Even Ian Wright, well before he came to Arsenal, was extremely single-minded about scoring goals and played every game like it was make or break for his career. Nketiah showing his emotions reveals how much pressure young strikers are under. Nothing wrong with him showing that, provided he played well for the team. So focus on the man’s good performance and cut out the lazy tabloid smears like “prima donna”. It’s really not helpful.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I’ve downvoted you because whilst I mainly agree with what you’ve said my natural instinct was to feel uncomfortable about Eddie’s reaction…

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

So what you’re saying is even against rational thought, reason and evidence, you just felt it’s best to ignore that and just go with your emotional response?

Should I guess what you voted for in the referendum?

Theo the friendly ghost
Theo the friendly ghost

You probably shouldn’t bring politics into sport because all it does it cause anger and animosity.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

At least it was honest. He is a striker after all.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Honest yes and instinctive certainly and maybe he feels if he doesn’t score he won’t get selected, but if he can bring people into play and hold up play (as he did) then he will always have a place in the team. The bottom line regardless of what we as fans think of his reaction, it’s what the manager makes of it that really counts.

Inspector norse
Inspector norse

I think he reacted to his own miss (prematurely) and not ESM’s goal. And a striker that is not disapointed at missed chances well they are not strikers. In the end he had a good game and contributed really well to ESM’s goal.

Billy
Billy

All hail Joe Willock the new Thierry Henry according to bt sport

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Hyperbole of the highest order, still for any media outlet to be saying nice things about our players should be grabbed with both hands I guess.

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

I didn’t want this game to end man! It was fun. Hope our youth players get more chances like this, they were amazing really.

Mark
Mark

Holding better be involved this weekend. We need him and his ball control vs Spurs with their pressing. Nice to see Ramsey put in a good effort, wonder how much we will get for him in January as it seems clear Emery plans to sell him.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Impressed with Willock the most, largely because I didn’t rate him before when he played as a deep-lying midfielder.
Sure he was tidy and technical, but as that deep CM kinda reminded me of an Elneny/Denilson type; clean, technical and keeps the ball ticking but doesn’t do much with it.

With so much competition in the forward spaces and the arrival of Guendz, I was sure it would spell the end of old Joe. But sure enough, he’s been immense at the U23s this season (our best player) and is transformed as an attacking midfielder. Actually looks more like his older bro, Chris, when he was with us.

Esplaaaain
Esplaaaain

All the kids were great. Enjoyable game of football. But MATTEO, the kid is a real gem and he surprises me everytime he have the ball. He will be the best midfielder in the world in less than 3 years. I will enjoy watching his decision making improvement.

Norman House
Norman House

It was an enjoyable watch and lots of potential in there. It was good to see a team selection that mixed experienced squad players with young up and coming players. Jenkinson needs a special mention as his positional awareness was good and one thing he has over our other centre-backs is that he is quick! At FB his technique lets him down a little in the attacking third, but at CB that’s less crucial. Yes, I know it’s only Vorskla, but still he did well.

Smith-Rowe was the other stand out player, for me. Once he learns a bit more defensive nous and positioning e.g. defending free-kicks and seeing blindside runs by the opposition (which will come with time), you can see him easily making it in the first team.

In a short cameo, Medley looked very assured at CB. Would bee good to see him over 90 minutes against Quarabag

Polyemery
Polyemery

But where are the subs faces?