The gunners made it 6 out of 6 in the Europa league making a mockery of their league form. Their quality of opposition may have been less than most English premier league sides but the Irish team made Arsenal work for their three points.The line up that Arteta chose for this encounter should well be the starting 11 in the premiership.I like Arsenal in a 3-4-3.It lifts the burden on the sole striker. In this case they lined up with three upfront Rowe,Pepe and Nketiah. Replace Rowe with Aubamayeng you now have a potent strike force.
Nketiah struck with 12 minutes on the clock with a lob over Rogers in goal for DUNDALK. Egypt international Elmeny doubled the advantage 2-0 with a rocket from outside the box giving Rogers no chance. Jordan Flores pulled one back on 22 minutes before forgotten defender Mustafi could close him down before he shot at Runnarsson’s goal. Arsenal were better throughout the match,in possession as well as shots. The two goal cushion was restored in the 67th minute. Joe Willock dummied his way to create an opening to slot in from close range.Dundalk are a very physical side, probably to compensate for their lack of creativity. It looked all over for them bar the shouting on 80 minutes when Pepe set up youngster Balogun for an easy side foot. Dundalk defender Leahy playing him onside showing lack of experience at the top level.
Dundalk exit the Europa league with a goal from Sean Hoare, a header after poor marking from a free kick by the gunners. Arsenal head to Monday’s draw knowing they will be seeded. Tougher Thursday nights are headed their way with Champions League third placed teams from the group stage entering the pot.