Mikel Arteta messages Joe Willock after Arsenal star’s man of the match display


Joe Willock put in another man of the match performance as Arsenal have yet shown they can put the opposition ahead and still win. Mikel Arteta’s men followed a now familiar scenario: start slow, improve, and then clinch a comfortable victory to get on track for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Gunners midfielder Willock, 21, was one of the exceptions as he was good throughout with the goal of becoming the youngest Arsenal player to reach five European goals since Theo Walcott.

But Arteta didn’t look happy even when Arsenal won because at times they were so sloppy and the mix-and-match composition of first-team, marginal and youngsters gets used to in this competition.

Willock struck in the 88th minute to extend Arsenal’s lead to 4-1

Nicolas Pepe could barely put one foot in front of the other in the first half, Bernd Leno was punished for a bad clearance with Molde’s opener and Arsenal needed a giveaway of two own goals.

They were sloppy against Dundalk last week but picked up easy winners and stayed behind at Rapid Vienna only to win and win two weeks ago.

Ultimately, Pepe also fared well scoring and providing an assist at the end of Willock’s fourth, which pretty much summed up Arsenal’s night going from slow starters to convincing winners.

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The 21-year-old also found the back of the net against Dundalk last week

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It was also another opportunity for Willock who looks like a real prospect thanks to his energy and forward runs but may struggle to make his way into the first team while they are in good shape. in the Premier League.

Arteta said: “Joe Willock could have scored more, he created a goal and a good performance. Keep doing what he does consistently and his luck will come (in the Premier League).

“It was really important for us to win tonight and take the lead in the group. We had a convincing victory and the boys tried to attack them from the first minute.

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“We went one goal behind but it was about the reaction, we created a lot of chances. ”

Molde took a surprise lead after 22 minutes when Leno tried to play for a long time – and was punished. His clearance only reached Stian Gregersen, Molde captain Magnus Wolff Eikrem played it against Martin Ellingsen who beat Leno by 25 meters.

Eddie Nketiah had a wrongly ruled out goal for offside but there is no VAR in this competition but they reached level in the first half. Granit Xhaka and Willian threw up a lightning counterattack, Nketiah put in a cross and Kristoffer Haugen put in his own net.

Sead Kolasinac was guilty of the worst failure of the season before Arsenal took control. Willian’s 63rd-minute cross was turned into his own net by Sheriff Sinyan.

Finally, Arsenal got one of their own after 69 minutes as substitute Bukayo Saka provided another assist – his 14th in all competitions since the start of last season – for Pepe to shoot at home.

Arsenal got a fourth in the dying minutes when Pepe’s pass put Willock who shot home in the top corner.

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