Thursday, 17 October 2019

Arsenal Beat Liege 4-0 in Europa League Match

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  • Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli shoots at goal during match Europa League Group F between Arsenal vs Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium, London, October 3, 2019. Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

    Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli shoots at goal during match Europa League Group F between Arsenal vs Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium, London, October 3, 2019. Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

    TEMPO.CO, London - Arsenal's young guns continued to shine as they dismantled Standard Liege 4-0 on a hectic night of Europa League action that produced a full house of Spanish victories on Thursday, October 3.

    Sevilla beat APOEL Nicosia 1-0, Espanyol were 2-0 winners away to CSKA Moscow and Getafe won 2-1 in Krasnodar.

    There was a notable 2-0 win for Feyenoord over Porto in a clash of former European champions while Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers won 1-0 at Besiktas.

    Three-time European champions Manchester United played out a dour 0-0 draw away to AZ Alkmaar -- a Group L match played in The Hague, 70 miles from Alkmaar, on an artificial pitch.

    United have four points alongside Partizan Belgrade who enjoyed a 2-1 victory in Astana.

    Arsenal, runners-up to Chelsea last year, opened their Group F campaign with an impressive 3-0 win in Frankfurt and found goals easy to come by again as they racked up a sixth successive home win in Europe.

    Eighteen-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli scored twice in two minutes with Joe Willock, 20, also on target as a youthful Arsenal blew away their Belgian opponents in a sensational start.

    Martinelli also crossed for Dani Ceballos to make it four as Arsenal cemented top spot.

    To make it a great night for Arsenal Hector Bellerin returned to the starting line up for his first start after nine months out with a knee injury.

    Manager Unai Emery praised his team which had an average starting age of 22.

    "We have to give the chances to the young players and they take them," he said.

    "They are close to playing for us at the highest levels. They showed tonight that they can perform and they can score."

    REUTERS