Arsenal 4 Standard Liege 0
Martinelli (13, 16), Willock 22, Ceballos 57

Gabriel Martinelli is getting used to scoring at the Emirates. Having bagged a brace in in the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, the Brazil teenager get the Gunners off to a perfect start in their Europa League group F game with a powerful header pastĀ goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. On his second Arsenal outing, Kieran Tierney provided the assist. The former Celtic left back showed a strong game at both ends of the pitch and wreaked havoc on a night when Liege were chasing shows. Unai Emery made ten changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi along with Tierney contented to another clean sheet in a game which Emilano Martinez had very little to do. There surely is a case for this Arsenal back line to start in the Premier League, or at least three from that four. Whisper is carefully, but Mustafi seems to have gotten over the flaws in his game which had many at the Emirates pulling their hair out.

Within two minutes of taking the lead, Martinelli had a second. Tierney was involved again from the left. Reiss Nelson then found Martinelli who shifted the ball quickly before unleashing for his and Arsenal’s second goal on the night from ten yards out. Joe Willock had another strong skilful night, full of strong runs and clever passing. He grabbed Arsenal’s third after more good work from Tierney. Nelson had a shot which Willock pounced on for Arsenal’s third. The Belgian side’s race had been run from early on, yet their vocal fans continued to support their team despite not having much to sing about.

Dani Ceballos opened his Arsenal account, finishing off after Martinelli ran riot on the right, and the Gunners could have bagged many more, with Martinelli squandering at least three chances to get his hat-trick. It mattered not, as Arsenal won comfortably to sit atop of their group wirth two win s out of two. Emery decided not to call on Mesut Ozil, he wasn’t even a named substitute. Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe did have late introductions, there were no further goals on a night which saw a young Gunners show the quality and depth of their squad.

Emery was pleased with the reaction from his young guns, many of whom made a strong case for more match time.

“Historically Arsenal have that responsibility with young players, and I told you before that my responsibility now is also speaking with the club and giving them chances. We want to give them chances, but we need to find our very high demands in our performance to achieve our targets. We are in one process and we want to do it as quickly as we can because our targets for the season are very important to achieve.

“Each match for the young players when they have the chance to play, if they play like tonight or before in the pre-season, then they deserve to be with us and to continue creating our way with them. Matches like tonight are good to use them because this competition is an important competition after the Premier League. They deserve to be with us in the next matches and they are coming in at a key moment with a high level. I think they are close with us,” he said.

Arsenal will hope to have just a solid performance when their host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday, their last fixture before the international break.