21st September, 2018.
Arsenal F.C. started their Europa League campaign on a bright note as they cruised past Ukrainian team, Vorskla 4-2 in a thrilling game played at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.
Two goals from striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in each half saw Arsenal comfortably put aside the challenges of the Ukrainians as they record yet another win after a slow start to the season generally.
Even though the Ukrainians put up a good fight especially in the first half, Arsenal did not allow the game to slip out of their grip especially from the moment Aubameyang scored the first goal after 32 minutes.
Alex Iwobi was unarguably Arsenal’s liveliest attacking threat during a largely weak first half and it was the Nigeria international’s fine cross that allowed Aubameyang to slide home at the back post.
Danny Welbeck then followed up with the second goal for Arsenal early in the second half as he finished off a good assist from Mkhitaryan in the 48th minute.
The same Mkhitaryan provided the assist for the third goal when he supplied Aubameyang with the pass that resulted in the third goal for Arsenal in the 56th minute.
Mesut Ozil then came into the game later as a substitute to grab the fourth goal for the hosts in the 74th minute.
Vorskla eventually had something to celebrate as their skipper Vladimir Chesnakov scored with an excellent finish in the 76th minute.
The Ukrainians then had another opportunity to jubilate as Vyacheslav Sharpar found the net with virtually the last kick of the game.
On the whole, it was a good game for Arsenal and especially for Aubameyang who had scored only a solitary goal in the season before this game.
It is not as if he had not been effective in the attacking line-up before now as he has been directly involved in 12 goals in 10 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal at Emirates Stadium (nine goals and three assists).
The Gunners now surely fancy their chances as they aim for a fourth consecutive Premier League win when they host Everton on Sunday.