Arsenal top the Group after emphatic win over FC Zurich

As was hoped, Mikel Arteta made 7 changes to his starting line up as the Gunners travelled to St Gallen to face FC Zurich in our opening Europa League game.

Zurich have had an awful start to their season in Switzerland and are yet to win a game, and to be honest they hardly even got a glipmpse of the ball in the first half as our young Gunners ran rings around them.

When Marquinhos put us 1-0 up after just 16 minutes it looked like a veritable rout was on the cards, and it was a great moment for the young Brazilian and he was extremely emotional in the celebrations on his first ever senior game for the Gunners, and he was definitely a bright spark in the side. Hopefully he will be able to give Saka a break from the league fixtures now and again.

Fabio Vieira also made his first start, and looked very promising if a little rusty having ony recently recovered from injury.

We had two thirds of the possession and were totally in control until, in true Arsenal fashion, we gave our opponents a lifeline with Nketah gifting them a penalty just before half time. Considering we had 67% of the ball it was probably theirr very first attack lol, and the penalty was one of only two shots on target in the wholegame.

WE really should have battered them though but it was a bit of a relief, even if it seemed inevitable, when Nketiah made up for his mistake by grabbing the winner just after the hour mark.

With PSV and Bodo/Glimt playing out a 1-1 draw, this leaves us on top of the group and hopefully we will stay there al the way.

Their was a group silent show of respect for the Queen before the start of the seond half and it would appear that all after-match press conferences were called off as well. We will probably have all this weekends games called off as well, but we’ll have to wait and see on that….


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  1. We need to stay top of the table all the way. Gives us the advantage of skipping a two-legged tie into the round of 16
    I was very excited and impressed with Marquinhos’ game. Saka has to be looking over his shoulder now

    1. I also think Marquinhos will give Saka a strong competition

      I bet Everton will also wait in their half for counter-attack, but their supporters won’t be able to intimidate our players at the Emirates

  2. Xhaka may well becomes an Arsenal legend one day, what a player reliable.

    With the way this Marquinhos kid behaving, the gaffer will be force to cool his intrest in cover for Saka.

    The kid is taking to the premier league like duck to water

      1. Looks a top talent though give him a year or two like Martinelli he could be magic. Very impressed with how good Martinelli was in this game looked the assured 1st team player he now is. No rawness anymore.

  3. My word.
    Just got carried away Dan.

    Maybe its the Arsenal way of playing he takes on to, but I saw the kid up close in the Camping arena and the first thing came to my mind this kid is strong and aggressive and will do well into the premier league.

    They say you can speak it into being, lol

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