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FK Qarabag 0 - Arsenal 3

Arsenal top group after away victory


FK Qarabag 0 - Arsenal 3: Arsenal went top of their Europa league table after an away victory against opposition that was much vaunted, but delivered little.

Basically, Arsenal fielded their 2nd XI, however, despite the commentators enthusiastically spouting that Qarabag don't concede many goals, Sokratis ignored that and put the Gunners ahead in the 4th minute.

Now, it would be fair to say that Arsenal's defence still looks a little shaky, however, new signing Bernd Leno was more than up to the task, in stopping a number of spirited efforts. 

Arsenal's lead was doubled in the 53rd minute when 18 year old Smith-Rowe slotted home for his first Arsenal goal, and, apparently the youngest Arsenal player to score his first since a certain Oxlade-Chamberlain did the same. Smith-Rowe better keep up his fine form, what with his comparison to the Ox, and some other comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne by certain sections of the media.

So, it that was his first goal for the senior team, as was Sokratis' also, it was no surprise that someone else got their first goal in Arsenal colours, Guendouzi. The midfield marshal gave the Gunners a commanding 3-0 scoreline, which they deserved, but a big caveat.....

What Could Be Wrong?

Arsenal's defence is improving, no doubt, with 3 clean sheets there has been genuine progress. However, if FK Qarabag can regularly threaten the Arsenal goal, what would a team like Barcelona do? Emery once said something along the lines of 'I'd rather win 4-3 than 3-0, and this mentality seems to be 100% true on the pitch. Arsenal always look like scoring, and, at the same time, conceding. For a team that has now had 8 straight victories, all is rosy, however, don't ignore the dark clouds on the horizon, which are a vulnerable defensive back line.



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