Arsenal maintained their 100 percent start in this season’s Europa League group stage with a 4-1 win over Molde on Thursday night
But it’s what happened after the game which may be of interest to supporters.
With a clash against Aston Villa on the horizon, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta opted to rest the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Hector Bellerin.
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Having fallen behind to Martin Ellingsen’s long-range effort after 22 minutes, the Gunners’ job was made a lot more easier with an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
That proved to be the boost Arteta’s side needed as three more goals followed in the second half.
Another own goal put the hosts ahead for the first time on the night, while Nicolas Pepe and Joe Willock completed the scoring to ensure the north London are now the outright leaders in Group B.
Bukayo Saka – who claimed an assist and went close to scoring on several occasions – was brought on in the second half as well as Kieran Tierney, Cedric Soares, and Mohamed Elneny.
Although, whilst the rest of the Arsenal team either went to do some media duties or headed straight down the tunnel at the full-time whistle, the aforementioned quartet had a warm down session on the pitch.
As spotted by the Evening Standard who were also in attendance at the Emirates Stadium, Saka, Tierney, Elneny, and Cedric were doing a passing drill to warm down.
Whilst it’s likely that Saka, Tierney, and Elneny could all start against Villa on Sunday night, Cedric may miss out on making a Premier League matchday squad once again.
Another player pushing for inclusion at the weekend is Willock after yet another impressive outing in the Europa League and he’s been told what to do in order to get more game time.
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