Arsenal XI: Martinez, Bellerín, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney, Torreira, Willock (74), Maitland-Niles (66), Ceballos, Nelson (79), Martinelli.
Subs: Leno, Chambers, Kolasinac, Guendouzi (74), Xhaka, Aubameyang (79), Pepe (66).
Arsenal rebounded from an uninspiring and stale match earlier in the week at Old Trafford by firing in three quick goals in the first 20 minutes of play against Standard Liege in the Europa League group stage.
In the 5th minute, Gabriel Martinelli picked up the ball in the final third, drove towards the goal and slipped in a charging Joe Willock who was cut out by a defender which led Willocks shot to dribble out of bounds for a goal kick.
Another chance just came just a few minutes later as Reiss Nelson drove centrally from his left wing position and let a shot loose that was directly at the Standard Liege keeper.
in the 9th minute Nelson collects a cleared header on the left wing and dribbles past his man with relative ease, and looks to get tripped up by the trailing defender as the ball went out for a goal kick but the referee waved it off.
Martinelli found a stray pass find his feet and made a quick turn and attacked the Standard Liege backline before sliding a ball to Ainsley Maintland-Niles who’s
Standard Liege draw a corner and almost capitalized on an overzelous Emi Martinez who was unable to punch it away. Liege got a shot away from the rebound but it skied over the ball.
Goal! In the 13th minute Kieran Tierney makes a quick move to create space on the left wing and whips a cross in that finds a darting Martinelli who heads in Arsenal’s first goal of the night.
Goal! Martinelli finds himself with the ball at his feet in the penalty box once again in the 15th minute after Reiss Nelson’s cross in the box, puts the ball on his right foot and finds the back of the net.
Joe Willock finds himself on the end of another Tierney cross just moments later that just gets flicked over the bar. Arsenal have dominated that left wing so far in the first 20 minutes.
Standard Liege found themselves with a free kick outside of the box in the 17th minute which lead to a dangerous cross being whipped in that was just inches away from a Standard Liege player putting the visitors on the board.
Goal! Tierney and Nelson kept up their dynamic partnership as they work together to get Nelson a shot that deflected off of a defender that falls perfectly to the feet of Willock who slotted it home clinically to put the Gunners up three goals to nil in just the 22nd minute.
Nelson took advantage of a Standard Liege mistake and drives the ball towards the byline and put in a cross that gets caught underneath the darting Martinelli’s feet which was ultimately corralled by the keeper.
Shkodran Mustafi’s careless pass found a Standard Liege player in Arsenal’s half in the 31st minute which ultimately leads to skied shot that finds the stands.
Standard Liege get a shot on goal in the 40th minute that gets deflected away for a corner by Emi Martinez. First chance from both teams after a period of 10 minutes where the match slowed down considerably while Arsenal were comfortable in possession and looked in complete control.
The sudden change of pace seemed to impact both teams as Joe Willock picked up the ball, striding through and past the Standard Liege midfield with ease before being brought down on the edge of the box by Paul-Jose Mpoku which led to the first yellow card of the match. Lucas Torreira’s resulting freekick goes wide around the wall and never had a chance.
Just moments later in the 44th minute Reiss Nelson got on the end of a through ball and looks to be brought down by the Standard Liege keeper but the referee disagrees.
A fluid and ruthless first half from The Arsenal.
The first shot of the second half comes in the 48th minute from Martinelli who received a Dani Ceballos pass, turned, and fired a curling shot just over the top-right corner.
A minute later a Ceballos through ball set Tierney free down the wing who put a beautiful cross into the box which finds Martinelli who slips and lets the ball bobble away from him.
In the 54th minute Tierney found Nelson darting towards the byline, who beat two defenders and puts a cross in that was inches away from finding Martinelli’s sliding foot for his hat trick.
Goal! Martinelli picked up the ball just feet from the byline in the 57th minute and floated a ball towards the six-yard box and finds a lunging Dani Ceballos who poked the ball home for Arsenal’s fourth.
A Standard Liege counter attack almost produces a goal as a missed kick from Maitland-Niles deflects right into the path of Mpoku who drove the ball directly at Martinez who deflects it out of play for a corner.
Nelson’s cross from corner of the penalty box bent over the Standard Liege defenders and found Martinelli’s head as he glanced the ball towards goal which was saved by Liege’s Milinkovic.
Nicolas Pepe came on for Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the 66th minute.
Nicolas Pepe picked up the ball and drove towards the box and got tripped up after dribbling past a few defenders but the referee didn’t bite.
Joe Willock came off for Matteo Guendouzi in the 74th minute.
Nelson beat his man to the byline once again and put in a good cross that ends up at the feet of Ceballos who’s shot is blocked. The ball fell to Torreira who couldn’t put it on target either.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came on for Reiss Nelson in the 79th minute.
In the 83rd minute Martinelli dribbled the ball down the left and puts in a low cross that finds Pepe but his shot is blocked. The deflection finds Bellerin who fires his shot just over the bar.
Standard Liege had decent chance in stoppage time but the shot blast above the bar which didn’t trouble Martinez.
Arsenal’s next match is against Bournemouth in the Premier League this Sunday at the Emirates.