Arsenal traveled to the Commerzbank Arena to play Eintracht Frankfurt in the first game of their Europa League campaign and came away with an emphatic 3-0 win. The Gunners rotated heavily for the game but still came up with the goods on the night.
Here are three things we learned from Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
3. Academy graduates shine
Arsenal manager Unai Emery started Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock and all three showed that they were ready for the big league. Saka and Willock especially were ever present while it was Smith Rowe’s first start after recovering from his injury.
A Man of the Match performance from Saka will have given fans and management confidence that he can contribute to more than the Europa League this season.
2. Frankfurt will need time to settle new players
The Eintracht Frankfurt team had a massive reshuffle in the summer following their run to the Europa League semifinals, and as such, the team will need more time to settle down. Seven of the starting team were signed in the summer, and despite that, they had a good game. Frankfurt will be a tough team in the competition and will be looking to make it to the finals this time round.
1. Emery needs a winning run
Although the scoreline suggests it was an easy win, Frankfurt did cause a few problems for the Arsenal defence. Manager Unai Emery will need his defence to hold on in those circumstances, especially following the capitulation at Watford. If the team does not put together a winning run, fans could turn soon and that would not bode well for the club.