It's over as the referee takes pity on Standard Liege and pulls it ten seconds early. A solid nights' work for Arsenal, bagging all three points thanks to some highly promising performances from their youngsters.
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- 1st Half
Arsenal - Standard Liège
Europa League - 3 October 2019
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Aubameyang makes hay down the left for Arsenal now. His cross finds Martinelli, but he can't direct his header on target.
A brief chance for Amallah. who plays a quick one-two on the edge of the Arsenal area before smashing his shot high over the bar.
There will be three added minutes, which Liege hope will pass swiftly.
A Tierney whipped ball from the left finds the onrushing Ceballos in the box, but he plants his header straight at Milinkovic-Savic. Seconds later, Aubameyang digs the ball out of his feet in the area but scoops the ball just over the bar.
Yet another pass down the inside left channel releases the electric Martinelli. His first time cross is cleared by a sliding Liege defender.
Martinelli cuts it back for Torreira this time, whose shot is blocked. Seconds later Vojvoda clobbers Martinelli, and is rightly booked.
Carcela-Gonzalez goes on a run down the right away from holding, and lofts a ball to the back post that his colleague can't control before it dribbles out for a goal kick.
Martinelli takes a turn at embarrassing Vojvoda now, nutmegging him down the left before firing a low cross in to Pepe, whose shot from eight yards is blocked and cleared.
More changes here. Aubameyang replaces Nelson for Arsenal while Amallah takes the place of Lestienne for Liege.
Nelson goes past Vojvoda for the umpteenth time tonight, and cuts the ball back across the area. It falls to Ceballos and then Torreira, who both have their shots blocked before Liege clear.
Changes afoot; Avenatti replaces Emond for Liege, while Guendouzi replaces Willock for Arsenal.
Bastien leads a rare Liege break down the left. He cuts the ball back to Mpoku on the edge of the area, but Holding rushes out to block the attempted shot.
Liege are knocking it around nicely if ineffectively here. It's a long old time to the final whistle.
Pepe goes on a meandering run after Arsenal win the ball deep in Liege's half. He gets into the area before hitting the deck theatrically. The referee is not having it, and Liege clear.
A change for Arsenal, as Pepe replace Maitland-Niles.
Nelson whips a cross in at goal from the left, Martinelli glances it and the ball just hits the unknowing Milinkovic-Savic and bounces away for a corner. So close to his hat-trick.
Willock tries to slide in Bellerin down the left, but just overcooks it and a promising opening disappears. There was a change for Liege after the fourth goal, with Carcela-Gonzalez replacing Boljevic.
Bastien has a yahoo from distance now for Liege, but it flies well wide of the goal.
Martinez is briefly called into action, as Mpoku launches a fierce angled drive that he palms over the bar for a corner.
Arsenal win a succession of corners from the left.
Arsenal 4 (Ceballos 57) Standard Liege 0
Martinelli turns provider, and it's a first Arsenal goal for Ceballos! From a short corner Willock plays in Martinelli to the byline, he stands up a dinked cross over the goalkeeper and Ceballos steams in to prod it over the line from a yard out.
Arsenal change it up and come down the left. Bellerin fizzes a low cross in to Martinelli, which Liege smother away for a corner.
CLOSE! Arsenal are savaging Liege down the left again. Tierney finds Nelson in the area, who squares the ball across the six-yard box. Martinelli slides in at the back post but can't get enough of a touch to get it into the net, and the ball drifts out of play.
Ceballos dissects the Liege defence with a gorgeous ball through the inside left channel to Tierney. He cuts the ball back to Martinelli in the area, but he loses his footing with a hat-trick waiting and the chance escapes. You'd imagine he'll get a few more looks at bagging a treble in this half though.
Ceballos finds Martinelli, 25 yards out and central. The youngster opens his body out and shapes a curler for the top corner, but it flies a few feet over the bar.
Liege have clearly had the proverbial rocket at half-time, as they've started this half at a pace unrecognisable from their first half efforts.
We're off again!
That's your lot for the first half. Arsenal have walked this so far, and take a deserved lead into the break.
Arsenal break suddenly on Liege. Martinelli slides in Nelson, who tries to go around Milinkovic-Savic but the keeper seems to get something on it and the ball squirms away for a corner.
Torreira whips the free-kick at goal, taking the scenic route around the wall, but it doesn't bend back in time and drifts away behind the goal.
Willock goes on a rampaging run from the centre circle to the edge of the Liege area. Mpoku cynically brings him down, and is booked.
Liege break on Arsenal, and Mpoku works the ball to Gavovry on the left of Arsenal's area. He sidefoots a tame shot at Martinez, who palms the ball away for a corner.
Arsenal are making patterns in the left corner around the Liege area again. It's all neat and tidy stuff, but Liege are a bit quicker to get across to the danger now.
John Hartson is calling the game done on BT Sport. It's true that it's hard to see Liege getting back into this, but we've had unlikely rushes of goals at Anfield and across London at Tottenham in European competition this week, so I wouldn't put the mortgage on it.
Liege rob Ceballos of the ball in the Arsenal half. They work the ball to Cimirot, who slashes a hopeless shot wide from thirty yards.
Nelson has got the freedom of the Arsenal left side. He jinks his way down the wing again, before miscuing a cross behind for a goal kick.
Bovjevic and Gavovry combine to win a corner for Liege. Gavovry whips it in, again it skims off a head and dangerously through the Arsenal area, butout to safety on the other side.
Boljevic wins a corner for Liege, but it doesn't clear the first man and Arsenal clear.
Mpoku has a go from 25 yards, but shanks his left-footed shot and it sails harmlessly high and wide.
Liege are stunned here, as well they might be. If they don't tighten up on their right side and quick Arsenal might be in with a shout of replicating their 7-0 hammering of Liege in the 1993-94 Cup Winners Cup.
GOAL! Arsenal 3 (Willock 22) Standard Liege 0
It's three! Arsenal are creating havoc on the left. Nelson cuts in and unloads a shot again from the left. It's blocked but falls to Willock in the area, who controls it instantly and tucks it into the bottom right corner!
Liege almost reply instantly, whipping in a free-kick from the left that fizzes across the Arsenal six-yard box before deflecting out for a corner. Straight after Arsenal's second, a Tierney cross from the left again found Willock, who could only direct the ball over the bar with his right from eight yards out.
GOAL! Arsenal 2 (Martinelli 16) Standard Liege 0
It's two! A cross from Nelson on the left lands at the feet of Martinelli. He steps out of one challenge, pirouettes, and then plants a right footed shot into the far corner. He's on a hat-trick already!
GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Martinelli 13) Standard Liege 0
This is a lovely goal. Tierney whips in a delicious cross from the left, right across the front post, and Martinelli darts across the six yard box to glance his header unstoppably into the net.
Liege have their first bout of steady possession, and win a corner down the Arsenal right. Martinez flaps at it and Laifis wins the header, but can't direct it at goal before it's eventually hooked over the bar for a goal kick.
Arsenal win the first corner as Laifis dispossesses Bellerin. Liege clear easily.
Another long drive from Nelson after cutting in from the left, safely gathered by Milinkovic-Savic. There's driving rain in North London tonight, so it's well worth skidding in a few shots at the goalkeeper in these conditions.
A sniff of a chance for Willock, who's played into the area by Martinelli, but he can't bring the ball under control and it ricochets out for a goal kick.
A first sighter for Nelson, who cuts in from the left and launches a twenty yard drive well over the bar.
Early possession for Arsenal at a slightly muted Emirates Stadium, though the Liege fans are making a pleasant enough low hum in their corner.
Peep peep, we're off!
Uefa's stirring music is done, the players are just going through the obligatory handshakes before we get going.
Tonight’s captains Hector Bellerin and Paul-Jose Mpoku are ready to lead out the two teams. Your referee for tonight’s shenanigans will be Sandro Scharer of Switzerland.
Arsenal and Standard Liege have faced each other on four occasions in European competition, with Arsenal winning on each occasion and scoring 15 goals in the process. Arsenal's 7-0 victory away to Standard Liege on their way to winning the 1993-94 European Cup Winners Cup is their joint highest winning margin in European competition.
Tonight’s visitors were once runners-up in the European Cup Winners Cup, losing to Barcelona in a bad-tempered final in 1982. Standard Liege are currently second place in Belgium's First Division A and beat Vitoria de Guimaraes 2-0 in their opening game of Group F. Liege’s manager is former player and Belgian goalkeeping legend Michel Preud’homme, who was voted onto FIFA’s All-Star Team for the 1994 World Cup.
Arsenal’s manager Unai Emery cleaned up in the Europa League with Sevilla, winning it three times on the spin between 2014-16. However, his Midas touch disappeared in Baku in May, when Arsenal were walloped 4-1 by Chelsea in the all-English final. No manager knows their way around this competition better than Emery – can he guide Arsenal to a shot at redemption in Gdansk next year?
Moroccan international Mehdi Carcela started on matchday one but is on the bench tonight for Standard Liege, who look to be setting up in a 4-5-1 formation.
Hector Bellerin captains Arsenal for the first time this evening. Reiss Nelson also returns and there’s another chance for Kieran Tierney after his lengthy lay-off held up his Arsenal debut until the end of September. In all there are 10 changes from the Arsenal starting team that drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Monday, with their exciting batch of youngsters set to harvest experience in this years’ Europa League.
Your Les Rouges of Standard Liege (4-5-1): Milinkovic-Savic; Vojvoda, Vanheusden, Laifis, Gavory; M’Poku, Bastien, Cimirot, Boljevic, Lestienne; Emond
SUBS: Goreux, Lavalee, Carcela-Gonzalez, Bodart, Amallah, Fai, Avenatti
Your Arsenal for this evening (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney; Torreira, Willock; Maitland-Niles, Ceballos Nelson; Martinelli
SUBS: Leno, Chambers, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Pepe
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