ELECTRIFYING ARSENAL hit cruise control from the jump to crush Standard Liège 4-0 in a thrilling Europa League match (Oct 3).
Young Gunner Gabriel Martinelli produced a cracking header to open the scoring for the hosts.
Less than two minutes later Arsenal’s vibrant Brazilian teenage forward extended the lead with a curling right footed finish.
Reiss Nelson was the assist provider for Martinelli’s second goal, whilst left-back Kieran Tierney supplied the South American with his first goal of the night.
At just 18-years and 107 days old, Martinell’s maturity, sharpness and brace saw him become the youngest player to score two or more goals in a European match for the club.
Adding to Arsenal’s mouth-watering delight, academy graduate Joe Willock amplified the atmosphere inside the stadium when he neatly found the back of the net making 3-0 before half-time.
Arsenal’s tradition of offering opportunities to their youth players was on full show during this convincing win.
Manager Unai Emery addressed his responsibility of ensuring deserving youngsters are given their chance.
He said “Historically Arsenal have that responsibility with the young players. I told you before, my responsibility now is also speaking with the club, is to give them chances.
“Our demands are very high in our performance to achieve our target. We are in one process. We want to do that process as quickly as we can., because our targets on the season are very important to achieve.
“Each match for the young player, when they have chance to play if they play like tonight, they deserve to be with us and to carry on creating our way with them.
“Matches like tonight, I think it’s good to use them because we are playing in an important competition after the Premier League.
“Here they are deserving to be with us for the next matches”.