Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka shine as Arsenal take control of Europa League group with 3-0 win against Frankfurt


Joe Willock’s deflected effort was enough for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal kick-started their Europa League campaign with an impressive 3-0 win away at Frankfurt thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners were on the back foot for much of the first half and looked nervous in the opening stages against a vibrant home side.

The hosts went close through Andre Silva and Filip Kostic but Arsenal slowly made their way into the game and tested Kevin Trapp through Emile Smith-Rowe and Aubameyang.

But the opener came through Willock, who cut inside following Saka’s pass and saw his effort into the top corner deflect over Trapp and into the net in the 39th minute.

Willock’s effort deflected in (Picture: Getty)

The midfielder was one of seven changes for Arsenal and he went close to doubling Arsenal’s lead midway through the second half but saw his left-footed effort well saved.

Arsenal gave up fewer chances after the break but their back four of David Luiz, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac looked far from comfortable.

Aubameyang squandered a good chance to seal the win following a brilliant pass from Chambers and the Gabon international’s frustration continued when he somehow missing an open goal seven minutes from time.

Saka sealed the victory (Picture: Getty)
Aubameyang added a third (Picture: Getty)

Frankfurt were pushing forward for an equaliser but their task was made even more difficult when Dominik Kohr was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Kohr’s dismissal deflated the home side and Aubameyang finally got on the scoresheet when he beat the offside trap and converted Saka’s pass to round off the victory.

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