GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS
Arsenal stormed to a 3-0 win over Dundalk in the Europa League last night.
Goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe sealed a resounding victory for Mikel Arteta’s men.
And there was even a senior debut for highly-rated young forward Folarin Balogun.
Meanwhile, Arsenal tried to send Reiss Nelson out on loan this summer – but the determined playmaker wanted to stay and fight for his place.
Nelson has made just four appearances this season, all in cup competition, but did get a start against Dundalk.
Arteta revealed he planned to send the 20-year-old out on loan for the season, to receive vital game time following the arrival of Willian.
Arteta said: “We ended up with a large squad at the end of the transfer market.
“We had a few plans in mind with Reiss. One of them was as well to send him on loan to get more minutes because of the competition we have upfront.
“The reality is he has been really good in training. He wants to stay here. He wants to fight for his place.”
Finally, Arteta feels bad for axing William Saliba from his European squad.
He said: “I feel really bad for William Saliba.
“Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.
“I was hoping that Pablo would be back in two weeks but he had a setback and then we don’t have Pablo and we don’t have William when he’s fit and available to play.
“But when you make those decisions, you can’t always think about every possible outcome.”