Arsenal back to winning ways with a dominant performance against the Norwegian side Molde.
Arsenal clinched qualification for Europa League Knockout stages with an impressive 3-0 win over Molde. With a maximum of 12 points from 4 matches, Arsenal sits pretty at the top of group B, 6 points ahead of their opponents from today.
Molde 0 – 3 Arsenal, Team News:
Arsenal were without their marquee signing Thomas Partey who continues to recover from the thigh injury suffered against Aston Villa. Bukayo Saka, Gabriel, and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang were rested for the encounter. David Luiz missed a 0-0 draw against Leeds United following the birth of his daughter, but is now back with the squad.
Arsenal lineup: Runarsson, Cedric, Luiz, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Nelson, Pepe, Nketiah, Lacazette
Molde lineup: Linde, Wingo, Gregerson, Sinyan, Risa, Aursnes, Hussain, Hestad, Eikrem, Elingsen, James
Arsenal started well on the artificial pitch, but wasteful finishing undermined some fine build-up play. Captain Alexandre Lacazette playing in a deep no.10 role thoroughly enjoyed the extra space after some fine crisp passing with Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe who had a horrible game against Leeds looked like a man on a mission. Contrary to his performance at weekend, He was direct, quick, and tormented the right wing with an incredible performance. The best chance of the half came for the home side. But Sheriff Sinyan somehow missed an open goal as the half ended 0-0.
Arsenal turned on the style in the second half as Nicolas Pepe’s terrific shot hit the crossbar, but seconds later he curled in a lovely shot to put Arsenal in the lead. It was 2-0 soon when Joe Willock’s cross was met by Reiss Nelson and to cap the night off, substitute Florian Balogun added a third for the Gunners within 37 seconds of his arrival.
Molde 0 – 3 Arsenal, Notable Performance:
Nicolas Pepe ( 9/10)– After “Letting the team down” on Sunday. Ivorian bounced back in spectacular fashion with a dominant performance and was rewarded with a well-deserved goal.
Birk Risa (5/10)– The Molde left-back was unable to cope with Nicolas Pepe on the right-wing. The 22-year-old had a night to forget. As he was dribbled past 3 times and lost out on 5 duels.
Florian Balogun– Highly rated Arsenal striker scored after just 37 seconds after entering the pitch.
“I am really pleased, After the disappointment of something negative, you want to see a reaction. And I could see from the first minute with his body language that he was ready to act.
“I think he had a great performance, he scored one goal and could have scored another one or two. He created some good moments in the game and worked really hard for the team. so I really like it, I am pleased with that.– Mikel Arteta
Arsenal welcomes Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates in the Premier League, with a chance to turn their fortunes around in the League after 1 win in 5 league games.
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