Arsenal Ease to Opening Night Europa League Win

By: SBAT Staff

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In the end, it was all a little too easy for Arsenal last night in the Europa League as they eased to a comfortable 4-2 victory over Vorskla Poltava. They did need a goal to really get going though, and before that came there was a touch of 'going through the motions' from The Gunners. However, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the opening goal they eased down and took control of the game. The final score was 4-2 after Arsenal raced into a 4-0 lead and that was probably a fair reflection on the Ukrainians who have a couple of chances.

I think the Arsenal team last season shows us that they will rest a lot of key players throughout their Europa League campaign, but it also shows the strength that they have. Three players made their Arsenal debuts in the game last night as part of the eight changes that were made to the starting eleven overall. Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno all made their debuts, but these are not youngsters, these are players that cost over £45 million in total. Goalscorer Aubameyang cost more than that alone, and I think we can read into this that Arsenal are going to take this competition relatively seriously, and while changes will come to their line up, it will still be a strong team that is fielded.

Up next for Arsenal is a trip to face FK Qarabag, a team who were beaten by Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon last night and it is Sporting Lisbon who will offer the biggest threat to Arsenal as far as winning the group goes.

After one European game, Arsenal returns to Premier League action on Sunday when they are at home to Everton. After losing their opening two games against tough opposition, Arsenal are three games unbeaten in the Premier League and they are 4/9 to make that four on the bounce against Everton. The Toffees lost at home to lowly West Ham last weekend and will want to bounce back, although this will be a tough trip for them and they are 11/2 to win at the Emirates, with the draw priced up at 15/4.