Arsenal 4-Standard Liege 0
Arsenal played host to Standard Liege on Thursday evening, in their second Europa League game of the season.
The Gunners’ 2019/20 EL campaign got off to a great start last month, when they put three past Eintracht Frankfurt. And that form continued in much the same vein on Thursday.
Unai Emery played a fairly youthful side vs Standard Liege, with heavy-hitters such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe not in the starting XI.
Despite the young starting line-up, though, Arsenal dominated the tie, and came away with a 4-0 win.
Joe Willock and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos would find themselves on the scoresheet vs Standard Liege.
But it would be Gabriel Martinelli that stole the show on Thursday.
The young Brazilian started up top for the Gunners, and he did not disappoint, scoring a brace inside 16 minutes.
A night that Gabriel Martinelli will never forget
Two exquisite finishes set Arsenal on their way to victory against Standard Liège…
Watch out for the Kieran Tierney assist 🎯 pic.twitter.com/EOaHFPt5FC
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 4, 2019
The Liege game was only Martinelli’s third appearance for Arsenal’s senior side, and his first in the Europa League for them.
Despite this, Martinelli would set an Arsenal record on Thursday.
According to Opta, at just 18 years and 107 days old, Martinelli’s brace meant that he became the youngest player to net 2+ goals in a major European game for Arsenal.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2019
Hector Bellerin would also speak highly of Martinelli after Thursday’s game, stating that he is sure there is a lot more to come from the young forward:
“He’s keeping his head down, working very hard, listening to the coaches, he’s listening to the players and it shows on the pitch.
“He’s doing what the coaches ask him to do which is the most important thing, and he’s still very young. I’m sure there’s a lot more to come from him.”As quoted by the Evening Standard.