Friday October 5th 2018
By Aiden Graw
Teenager Emile Smith Rowe scored his first Arsenal goal to help the Gunners to an eighth win in a row with victory against Qarabag in the Europa League.
The 18-year-old academy graduate coolly finished beneath Qarabag goalkeeper Vagner in the 53rd minute to score Arsenal’s second goal.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi scored either side of Smith Rowe’s strike to also register their first goals for the club.
Sokratis, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, put the Gunners ahead in the fourth minute when he diverted Nacho Monreal’s header in at a corner.
Teenager Guendouzi, another summer signing, added the third in the 79th minute, finishing a slick move with a low shot into the bottom left corner.
Qarabag 0-3 Arsenal
Arsenal were comfortable 3-0 winners in their match away in Azerbaijan against Qarabag.
-Sokratis, Emile Smith-Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi score for Gunners in comfortable win
Arsenal did not have all of the play in Baku and goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to make good saves in either half.
The Gunners top Group E with two wins from two games and they have now won eight consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since April 2015.
Salzburg 3-1 Celtic
It wasn’t good news for Celtic though as they were reduced to 10 men and trounced 3-1 by Salzburg.
-Brendan Rodgers’ side went down to 10 men with James Forrest sent off and were soundly beaten in the end despite taking the lead initially.
Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 AEK Larnaca
Rosenborg 1-3 RB Leipzig
Bordeaux 1-2 FC Copenhagen
Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 Slavia Prague
Fenerbahce 2-0 Spartak Trnava
Anderlecht 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Vroskla 1-2 Sporting Lisbon
AC Milan 3-1 Olympiakos
Real Betis 3-0 Dudelange
Krasnador 2-1 Sevilla
Chelsea 1-0 Vidi
Alvaro Morata finally got his second goal of the season as Chelsea scraped by a resilient Vidi side at Stamford Bridge.
-Alvaro Morata finally scores his second goal of the season to help Maurizio Sarri’s side to victory.
Rangers 3-1 Rapid Vienna
And Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was deiighted as the SPL side came from behind to beat Rapid Vienna 3-1 at Ibrox.
-Alfredo Marelos equalises for Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox before James Tavernier converts penalty. Marelos adds another late to secure all three points.
Spartak Moscow 3-2 Villarreal
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 Lazio
Malmo 2-0 Besiktas
FRANCE COACHDESCHAMPS NOT WORRIED ABOUT POGBAs PERFORMANCE
France coach Didier Deschamps insisted on Thursday he was not concerned by escalating tensions between Paul Pogba and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after he named his latest squad ahead of games against Iceland and Germany.
Pogba told reporters he was “not allowed” to talk as he passed through the post-match mixed zone interview area following United’s 0-0 draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
It was the latest episode in an increasingly tense atmosphere at the club, where a growing rift between Pogba and Mourinho saw the France international stripped of the vice-captaincy last week.
“I’m not worried at all. I’m definitely not Jose Mourinho and I’m not going to meddle in their relationship,” Deschamps said.
“Everything is clear with Paul. He knows each time why he’s here and what I expect from him.”
United are languishing down in 10th place in the Premier League after seven matches, and suffered a shock defeat by second-tier Derby County in the League Cup last week.
Pogba, a key member of France’s World Cup-winning side in Russia, also appeared to get under Mourinho’s skin after their recent draw with Wolves by saying United should attack more.
“There’s what’s happening at their clubs but that doesn’t just depend on them,” said Deschamps.
“You can’t separate individual performance from a team performance with certain clubs who can go through a spell where results aren’t as good.
“That goes for all the players. You have to take that into consideration, but the set-up is different when they join us in the France squad”.
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