Doubts persist over Arsenal's Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava

Doubts persist over Arsenal's Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava

Doubts persist over Arsenal's Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava

And Emery, who brought 12 academy products to Ukraine for this game, said he is hoping the club's other youngsters can learn from the England youth global.

"UEFA's Emergency Panel has today [Tuesday] taken the decision to relocate FC Vorskla's UEFA Europa League group stage match against Arsenal FC from the city of Poltava, following the introduction of martial law into certain regions in Ukraine", a statement said.

The Gunners' midfielder and Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan also took part in Wednesday's pre-match press conference. One good example for other young players. The decision is not easy but with big responsibility. We played with young players also and they are working with us in training every day. We spent a lot of our energy and we did everything we could to prepare the match. They are working with us in all the sessions and also in preseason.

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday with the first north London derby of the season against Tottenham, before facing Manchester United at Old Trafford three days later. "They are coming with us because we can give them chances tomorrow and also because we would prefer for some players to not do this long travelling", Emery said.

"The Europa League is very important for us and it's very important for us to win on Thursday and come first in this group". Overall, every player can go home happy, but there were two in particular that stood out...

Emile Smith Rowe continued to justify the hype, but it was another member of Arsenal's young forward line who caught the eye.

"We were ready to play in Poltava; we are ready to play in Kiev".

Emery used the opportunity to blood more academy talent as Zech Medley, Bukayo Sako and Charlie Gilmour were introduced from the bench on a night where Arsenal got the job done despite all the uncertainty over the game.

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