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Monday 16 December 2019

Young guns on target for Arsenal

E Frankfurt 0 Arsenal 3

Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka

Head coach Unai Emery praised the performances of his young players as Arsenal opened their Europa League campaign with a fine win at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Gunners boss made seven changes to the side who were held to a disappointing draw at Watford - and they paid off as the visitors ran out 3-0 victors at the Commerzbank Arena.

Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka both got on the scoresheet, the later also claiming all three assists as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the result at the death.

Both sides wasted chances in an end-to-end contest as Frankfurt suffered their first European home defeat since 2006 - the late sending off of midfielder Dominik Kohr only adding to the disappointment.

But for Emery, it was vindication he has shown in Arsenal's academy products, and the Spaniard was delighted with both Willock and Saka - as well as Emile Smith Rowe.

"Their performance tonight was good and they deserve it," he said. "Maybe with his (Saka's) goal, with his performance, finishing really strongly physically.

"And also with Emile, after his injury tonight he played for the first time this season and he worked well.

"Willock also, progressively he was feeling better and with a good performance."

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