‘Blitzed Dundalk’ – How the national media covered Arsenal’s latest Europa League win

Arsenal continued their perfect record in the Europa League on Thursday night with a 3-0 home win over Dundalk.

Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe were all on the scoresheet as Arsenal scored two in two minutes in the lead up to half-time before scoring again just one minute after the break.

The win means the Gunners are top of their group after two games, locked on six points with next week’s opponents Molde, who beat Rapid Wien on Thursday night.

As ever, you can catch our coverage of the win over Dundalk on our Arsenal page here, but below we run you through how the national media covered the game with snippets from four match reports.

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The Mirror

The fairytale lasted 42 minutes until reality kicked in.

Finally, Arsenal decided enough was enough and they blitzed Dundalk with three goals in the space of four minutes either side of half time.

It was hardly a vintage European performance for Mikel Arteta’s men but certainly a night the League of Ireland minnows will never forget even it would have been so different with a full crowd at the Emirates.

That is the beauty of these nights and why Europe’s elite should never be allowed to spoil these stories and adventures and the romance of a David v Goliath battle.

Joe Willock celebrates his goal against Dundalk.
(Image: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Eddie Nketiah, man-of-the-match Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe were on target for Arsenal as their quality was too much when, sadly, Dundalk keeper Gary Rogers looked more Sunday League than Europa League.

Rogers fumbled and dropped his way through the game which turned into a precession for Arsenal even if Arteta had made 10 changes to rest players for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United.

But you could see Arteta’s face turn to thunder in the opening half hour as Arsenal…