Saka impresses and Medley features as Arsenal beat Qarabag

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Arsenal rounded off their Europa League group stage fixtures with a rather uneventful 1-0 victory at home to Qarabag, which was secured courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half goal.

With Arsenal already through as group winners, the game gave head coach Unai Emery the opportunity to assess some of the club’s talented youngsters and he gave starts to Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and, most intriguingly, Bukayo Saka.

Nketiah, who was deployed on the right wing for much of the game, worked hard throughout and had a goal ruled out for offside.

Willock, meanwhile, showed some encouraging signs in the first half but was less influential in the second period.

As far as Saka is concerned, the 17-year-old, who has enjoyed an excellent season so far at youth level, really should have scored when presented with an inviting opportunity to find the net late on.

However, that shouldn’t detract from Saka’s overall performance, which was rather encouraging as the ever-lively winger got into some dangerous attacking areas.

In the second half two more youngsters entered the fray, with Zech Medley and Charlie Gilmour making their home debuts for the first-team.

Medley, despite normally being a centre-back, was deployed at left-back and will hope to receive further opportunities in the near future.

Deyan Iliev and Tyreece John-Jules were unused substitutes, while Emile Smith Rowe and Julio Pleguezuelo missed out due to injury.

One comment

  1. Saka did enough to impress but sadly his shooting was too timid. Still, hopefully a lesson learnt. Needs more “kick” in his shots.

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