By Walter Broeckx
Lots of youngsters starting and on the beach today.
Starting line up: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Elneny, Willock, Ramsey, Smith Rowe, Nketiah.
On the beach: Martinez, Osei-Tutu, Medley, Gilmour, Saka, Mkhitaryan, John-Jules
A free kick for a non existing foul against Maitland Niles in the opening minutes gifts Vorksla a first attempt on goal but the ball went well over. A corner results in a shot that Cech has to stop in two times. A first shot from Willock from outside the penalty area but not really dangerous. Ramsey and Nketiah combine on the right flank and Nketiah wiggles himself past a few defenders and then a defender tries to play the ball of his feet but he passes the ball to Smith Rowe who makes no mistake and finishes the attack. GOAL! 0-1 to The Arsenal after 12 minutes.
A free kick for Arsenal but Ramsey shoots well over. Arsenal having the ball most of the time but not really creating a lot for the moment. Maitland Niles making a decent run but the ball goes to far off his feet and the keeper can smother the danger. Smith Rowe plays the ball to Ramsey who goes past a defender who clips his legs and the ref points to the pot. Ramsey to take and he scores. GOAL!! 0-2 to The Arsenal after 27 minutes.
Skiliar from Vorskla gets a yellow card for a strong challenge on Maitland Niles. Jenkinson with a good defensive header before Vorskla could become dangerous. Another booking against Vorskla for Sharpar who stopped Willock in his attack. Willock the forcing the keeper to a good stop with a shot that would have gone in at the near post. Vorskla then with a slightly better period but they use a bit too much their arms when trying to win the ball back. Smith Rowe with a bad touch almost letting a Vorskla player in after a free kick but the ball went to Cech. Elneny wins the ball high up the field and gives it to Willock who is in some space. Willock runs towards the penalty area, cuts the ball to his right foot and from just outside the penalty area curls the ball out of reach of the goalkeeper against the net. GOAL!!! 0-3 to The Arsenal after 41 minutes.
Arsenal playing some lovely football at times. Arsenal then being a bit careless when playing out the ball and giving Vorskla a shooting chance but the ball goes some 10 meters wide of the post. Arsenal lead 0-3 after 45 minutes after an amazing display from the youngsters.
Arsenal with some lovely football on the left handside but only winning a corner that is put wide by Holding. Nketiah with a lovely move but he can’t find Ramsey with his cross who was given offside. Not a minute later Willock to Nketiah but the keeper saves his shot for a corner. Holding gets a yellow card for using his arm when he tries to win a header in the Vorskla penalty area. He will not play in the next match in the Europa League as a result. After 59 minutes Holding comes off and Medley comes on to make his debut. I think the change is to avoid a second yellow card for Holding. Arsenal still lead 0-3 after 60 minutes.
A cross from Lichtsteiner goes past everyone and much to his surprise Smith Rowe can put the ball over the line but the the assistant gives an offside against Nketiah who didn’t really came close to the ball. Oh well. Medley showing great skill and composure when playing out form behind. After 68 minutes Ramsey comes off and Saka comes on to make his debut. Vorskla with a chance suddenly but Cech with a good stop. Arsenal attack and the keeper has to punch a shot from Smith Rowe from under his crossbar. Kolomoets gets a yellow card for a hard challenge on Maitland Niles. Sake with some nice movements on the left flank but the keeper can save his shot…just. Cech has to come a long way out after a long ball from Vorskla after an Arsenal corner and isn’t too happy about that. Arsenal still lead 0-3 after 75 minutes.
Guendouzi comes off after 76 minutes and Gilmour also makes his first team debut. Arsenal losing their cohesion a bit with this very young team out on the field. Vorskla gets a chance but the shot is blocked by Jenkinson. Vorskla putting Arsenal under pressure now. Nketiah with some nice footwork and his low cross is cleaered by a defender against the head of Willock and the ball goes wide. Willock felt the hard shot on his face in the cold weather in Kiev and needs treatment but he can carry on.
Arsenal with a great counter in the last minute of normal time and Sake gives the ball to Willock but the keeper with a great stop. 4 minutes of extra time is signalled. Nketiah turns his man but his left footed shot goes wide. Vorskla with a quick reaction but the shot goes just wide.
Arsenal win 0-3 and is now also certain of being top of the group. An amazing display from the youngsters who played in a great and mature way. I think all the players have to be congratulated for their effort and hard work.
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