Arsenal’s squad gamers impressed boss Mikel Arteta as they finally broke Dundalk’s resistance to win their Europa League group recreation at Emirates Stadium.
Eddie Nketiah pounced from shut vary to provide the Gunners the lead and Joe Willock blasted a shot into the roof of the online 125 seconds later.
Nicolas Pepe’s sensible effort from the sting of the field seconds after the restart killed the sport off.
They cruised after that however couldn’t add a fourth in opposition to the Irish aspect.
“We gave an opportunity to a whole lot of gamers who have not performed many minutes this season and it’s one thing actually optimistic as a result of they confirmed they’re well-prepared, they’re at it, and they’re prepared after we want them,” Arteta stated.
“They’re at all times within the body to play. It isn’t if we lose or win, it’s what they create to the group.”
It was a stark distinction to Spurs boss Jose Mourinho’s criticism of his fringe gamers as Arsenal’s north London rivals misplaced 1-0 to Royal Antwerp.
Arsenal – who had by no means confronted a aspect from the Republic of Eire earlier than – have now gained each their opening Europa League video games, whereas Dundalk have misplaced each of theirs.
Dundalk made a little bit of historical past as the primary group within the 10 years of the Europa League to not commit a single foul in a recreation.
Gunners’ inexperienced backline not examined
Arsenal handed a debut to Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson, a summer time signing from Dijon, and he performed behind a makeshift central defence.
The Gunners have three centre-backs injured, together with David Luiz, with one other two not registered for the Europa League.
In consequence Shkodran Mustafi, making his first begin since July, started in a again three together with midfielder Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac, who’s often a left-back however has performed within the centre for Arsenal a number of occasions.
However all of them had a quiet day – Dundalk solely had two touches in Arsenal’s field – and it was the hosts’ fringe forwards who took their probability.
It took 33 minutes for the Gunners to have a shot on track, with Kolasinac’s header tipped over the bar by Gary Rogers.
The breakthrough got here seven minutes later. Rogers flapped at a nook which hit team-mate Daniel Cleary and Nketiah beat Brian Gartland to the unfastened ball to attain from shut vary.
Two minutes later and the Gunners had management. A misplaced move let Nketiah run ahead. He discovered Pepe, who had an effort blocked, however Willock managed the ball and blasted a shot into the roof of the online.
It was solely one other couple of minutes of soccer later – albeit after the half-time break – when the very best purpose of the day got here.
Pepe bought the ball on the sting of the field, rolled it away from a defender and smashed an ideal effort into the highest nook.
At that stage a rout seemed probably however Dundalk held agency with Ainsley Maitland-Niles having the one effort on track after that.
Arteta stated: “I am actually happy with the best way we went concerning the recreation.
“Our angle from the start was spot on, we attacked and created a whole lot of conditions contained in the field.”
Dundalk deserve credit score
Dundalk’s run to the Europa League group stage has come regardless of home struggles. They’ve gained solely three of 11 League of Eire video games because the restart, dropping their title to Shamrock Rovers, and aren’t sure of a European place subsequent 12 months.
Their supervisor is unknown Italian Filippo Giovagnoli, a former AC Milan summer time camp coach who had by no means managed a senior group till his appointment in August.
He was not anticipated to be within the dugout – he sat out their 2-1 defeat by Molde final week – as a result of he doesn’t have the Uefa Professional Licence.
Shane Keegan, the membership’s opposition analyst, was named as supervisor for the sport within the Uefa group sheet – however Giovagnoli appeared on the touchline for the sport.
They’d the opening probability with Patrick McEleney’s long-range effort after three minutes tipped across the put up by Runarsson.
The Lilywhites defended resolutely for 40 minutes however Arsenal’s opening two targets got here from their errors and there was no approach again after that.
Giovagnoli stated: “I wish to congratulate my group and all of the gamers for the best way they collaborated defensively, their focus and all the things.
“We needed to endure, we all know, however I feel we had been organised defensively.
“Just a few issues went effectively, we tried on three events to construct up like we ready, we tried to excessive press them after they had been taking part in with the goalie, to go man to man and be actually aggressive when their goalie had the ball.”
A number of gamers had been withdrawn with Sunday’s league recreation in opposition to St Patrick’s Athletic in thoughts. Amongst them had been Michael Duffy, who’s such an enormous Arsenal fan he took ‘Thierry’ as his Affirmation identify after Gunners legend Henry.
Limerick’s 1-1 Uefa Cup attract Southampton in 1981 stays the one time in 13 makes an attempt a aspect from the Republic of Eire haven’t misplaced in England.
Nketiah scores, Arsenal win – match stats
- Arsenal have misplaced simply considered one of their 13 video games in cup competitions below Mikel Arteta (W10 D2), a 2-1 defeat in opposition to Olympiakos in February.
- Arsenal have gained all 9 video games through which Eddie Nketiah has discovered the again of the online (10 targets).
- Goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson is the primary Icelandic participant to look for Arsenal since Olafur Ingi Skulason in opposition to Wolves in December 2003 within the League Cup.
- 20MustafiSubstituted forCeballosat 61′minutes
- 34XhakaSubstituted forTierneyat 74′minutes
- 17Cédric Soares
- 19PépéSubstituted forWillianat 62′minutes
- 30NketiahSubstituted forBalogunat 74′minutes
- 6dos Santos Magalhães
- 21ClearySubstituted forHoareat 53′minutes
- 16MurraySubstituted forSloggettat 45′minutes
- 5ShieldsSubstituted forGannonat 62′minutes
- 11McEleneySubstituted forFloresat 53′minutes
- 7DuffySubstituted forColovicat 70′minutes
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Match ends, Arsenal 3, Dundalk 0.
Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Dundalk 0.
Try missed. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) proper footed shot from exterior the field is simply too excessive. Assisted by Dani Ceballos following a nook.
Try blocked. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Brian Gartland.
Foul by Dani Ceballos (Arsenal).
John Mountney (Dundalk) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) proper footed shot from exterior the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by Dani Ceballos following a nook.
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Stefan Colovic.
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Andrew Boyle.
Foul by Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).
John Mountney (Dundalk) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.
Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Jordan Michael Flores.
Try missed. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is simply too excessive. Assisted by Reiss Nelson.
Foul by Joseph Willock (Arsenal).
John Mountney (Dundalk) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Patrick James Hoban (Dundalk) proper footed shot from exterior the field is excessive and extensive to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by Willian (Arsenal).
John Mountney (Dundalk) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Substitution, Arsenal. Folarin Balogun replaces Eddie Nketiah.