Arsenal Legend Names The Three Youngsters That Impressed Him vs Vorskla

By The Editor
on 29th November 2018

Martin Keown was impressed with the young stars against Vorskla…


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Arsenal legend Martin Keown was impressed by the plethora of young players Unai Emery introduced against Vorskla as we confirmed our place as top of our Europa League group, he told BT Sport.

Ahead of our north London derby clash on Sunday, Emery was always going to take a weakened squad to Ukraine for a Europa League clash which didn’t have much riding on it.

Also, this particular clash was marred by uncertainty before kick-off as the political climate in Ukraine took a turn for the worst on Wednesday with the martial law undertaken in certain quarters.

UEFA decided to change the venue of the clash at the 11th hour, and the game as played the Olympic Stadium in Kiev in front of a barely visible crowd.

As for the starting XI, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddi Nketiah and Joe Willock started the game which came as no┬ásurprise, but it was the debutant that Emery introduced after the game that caught Keown’s eye.

“I was particularly pleased with Joe Willock. Medley, by the way, under pressure, coming off the bench,” Keown said on BT Sport.

“You wouldn’t have believed it. Saka, look at his ability, confidence to take his man on and a shot to finish.”

“It’s credit to the manager that the second 11, or the third 11 you could call them, have come in and picked up the tactics of the manager and his message so well.”

We did witness an impressive cameo from the likes of Saka and Medley, with the latter producing one particular skill deep inside our half to display such composure.

It bodes well for the future and given that the relationship between Emery and Freddie Ljungberg is so strong, we should see more starlets breaking through.