Emery impressed by ‘confidence’ of young Arsenal stars in Frankfurt win

Unai Emery was impressed by the all round team performance after his young Arsenal side won 3-0 away in Frankfurt.

Joe Willock, Bakayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the goals in a frantic away win in their opening Europa League game of the season.

Emery was asked about the man of the match performance of 18-year-old Saka.

He said: “Maybe with his goal and performance he was taking confidence, he was finishing really strong.

“Also with Emile [Smith-Rowe], after his injury. He played for the first time this season. [Joe] Willock started a little slow at the beginning but progressively he was feeling very better with a good performance.

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“Torreira worked a lot, Xhaka played very seriously in that match. Everybody can be happy.”

“We know tonight that match was difficult. They were very strong here. They’re a very offensive team and defensively we needed to work, sometimes deep, sometimes with their full-backs very deep, crossing a lot to the strikers.

“We spoke and worked the transition, if we were organised defensively and with a good pressing against them.

“We did that. We had the possibility with the young players to create chances and help them, also sharing with experienced players. Their performance tonight was good. It’s our way.”

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