When a solution presents itself, it is best to not look a gift horse in the mouth.

So after seeing, yet again, our youth produce the goods in spades in a Europa League match, perhaps Unai Emery may well pick up his axe and swing it through our more established stars?

It could be argued that he has already begun this process.

Bukayo Saka stepped up and made a big difference in what is on paper, a very difficult tie against Eintracht Frankfurt. Saka was then retained in the lineup for our Premier League trip to Old Trafford.

And deservedly so.

Mesut Ozil has not been showing his worth in training, apparently, and his two games so far left a fair amount to be desired. So he has found himself not only out of the team, but out of the squad.

When pressed on this during a press conference, Emery stated that he felt others deserved their chance more than Ozil.

Quite a damning indictment on Ozil’s future at the club it seems. But it shows that Emery is willing to give opportunities to those who step up. Jo Willock has seen this for himself, and has become a much used member of the squad.

He has seen our youth dispose of Frankfurt, Nottingham Forest and now Standard Liege with aplomb, while simultaneously see his team fail to his top gear – or even third – in the majority of our Premier League games.

That doesn’t even do our malaise justice. We have been devoid of any impetus for large swathes of games, and only saved from defeat on numerous occasions by the goals of a certain Mr Aubameyang.

Our defence? Absolutely calamitous. Penalties given away, mistakes leading to goals.

Yet against Frankfurt, Forest and Standard?

Serene. Waertight – and three clean sheets.

Emery maybe needs to send a reminder to those not performing. These established players have a younger player behind them in the pecking order who is champing at the bit to play – and no slipping of standards can be allowed.

This could be the lesson that these stars need.

Watch this space.