Europa League: Arsenal Run Riot in Eintracht Frankfurt as Yongsters Shine for Unai Emery

first_img arsenalBukayo Sakaeintracht frankfurtEuropa League First Published: September 20, 2019, 7:30 AM IST Frankfurt am Main: Arsenal youngsters Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka claimed goals as a rotated Gunners side romped to a 3-0 win at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in the Europa League.Willock, 20, one of seven changes by Arsenal manager Unai Emery to the team which started Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Watford, gave the Gunners a first-half lead after a deflection off a Frankfurt player. Eighteen-year-old Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed late goals as Frankfurt were reduced to 10 men for the final 11 minutes when midfielder Dominik Kohr was shown a second yellow card for fouling Saka.”Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home,” said Emery.The Arsenal boss singled out Saka after the teenager showed confidence above his years by scoring and then setting up Aubameyang late on.”We wanted to give the young players a chance and they showed the confidence to take their chances,” said Emery.”He (Saka) showed his confidence with his finishing, he looked good and physically strong,” added Emery, who praised his side’s defending after shutting out Frankfurt despite facing 24 shots at goal.Last season’s Europa League finalists rebounded from throwing away a two-goal lead at Watford, with playmaker Mesut Ozil left out for the trip to Germany.Club record signing Nicolas Pepe and midfielder Dani Ceballos made second-half appearances off the bench.Aubameyang started up front flanked by teenager wingers Emile Smith Rowe, 19, and Saka.It took the Gunners time to find their feet and the first 15 minutes were strewn with errors from both teams.Frankfurt, beaten on penalties by eventual champions Chelsea in last season’s semi-finals, fielded an entirely new forward line after selling strikers Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller to West Ham.But the hosts had the best of the early chances, Jovic’s replacement Filip Kostic twice going close with Dutch striker Bas Dost also firing over.”We did well in the first half, we dominated, the only thing missing was a goal,” said Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.”We kept our heads up after going down and the result doesn’t reflect our performance.”Arsenal started finding holes to exploit as Willock and Smith Rowe had massive chances before the former finally got the breakthrough — with a dose of luck.Saka linked up on the counter with Willock, who cut inside to get his shot away, which deflected off Frankfurt captain David Abraham and bounced in off the underside of the bar.The Gunners again rattled the woodwork just after the break through a free-kick by captain Granit Xhaka.The Frankfurt crowd grew restless as forward Andre Silva wasted a string of chances for the hosts before Kohr was dismissed.Saka played a hand in both late goals, which came in quick succession, finishing off a Pepe break and then robbing Abraham and feeding the ball to Aubameyang to slot home. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jen Welter’s time as a coaching intern for the Arizona Cardinals may be over, but her world hasn’t slowed down yet.“This is fantastic and exciting and a little bit weird at times, having people know who you are,” Welter said on Off the Edge with B-Train on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.People may know who she is, but fame isn’t what excites her. There’s a different message that she’s proud to demonstrate.“I wanted people to know that you could be an athlete and you could be smart.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While Welter’s claim to fame came from being the first female coach in the NFL during her internship with the Cardinals this summer, her nickname “Dr. J” isn’t just a catchy title. Welter earned her PhD in psychology from Capella University.“I’m most proud of letting people see that you can be the whole package as a woman,” Welter said. “You can be smart and you can be very well accomplished in what you do.”So what’s on the horizon for Welter?Well, she’s still trying to figure that out.“I have a couple offers to coach oversees already, but I would really rather stay in the States if I can,” Welter said. “A couple of the coaches have said ‘don’t give up on the NFL yet this season’ because they’re still getting calls. That’s really what I’m hoping for.”In the meantime, Welter is spending her time doing motivational speaking and media appearances.last_img read more