Our kids got the job done in Ukraine, as the hastily rearranged venue made little difference to our boys.
A handsome 3-0 win secured top spot in the group for the Gunners, as goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, a Ramsey penalty and Jo Willock defeated an overwhelmed Vorskla side.
Such was the youthful nature of our side, teenager Smith-Rowe was among the most experienced in our side, and Unai Emery made ten changes from the side that defeated Bournemouth in the weekend - only Rob Holding kept his place.
Holding was part of a very unconventional defence, with Carl Jenkinson partnering him in central defence. There was not much to worry about though, and Jenkinson - who has played centrally before, did his chances of further starts no harm.
Vorskla started well though, and a close range chance and a half-volley went close, but a combination of poor finishing and Petr Cech combined to thwart the Ukrainians.
It didn’t take long for us to break the deadlock though. A neat interchange outside the box between Ramsey and Nketiah saw the latter break through, and thanks to a diversion, the ball found Smith-Rowe, who was all alone to punt a high finish into an empty net.
The match was pretty even for a spell, with both duking it out in the centre, but no real trouble for either side.
Then, just before the half hour mark, Vorskla gave away a cheap penalty. Ramsey was working space in the box, only to be blocked unceremoniously and dumped to the turf. It couldn’t have been clearer, and it was the Welshman who stepped up to take the spot kick. His run-up may have taken a while, but it bamboozled the keeper and found the corner.
We started to step up a gear, Elneny playing a big part in that by bossing the centre. Our kids didn’t look out of place at all, and we were creating chances, Willock testing the keeper and Nketiah firing wide.
Just before half time though, we made the game safe. Elneny took possession and slipped in a wonderful ball for the loping Willock. He advanced on goal, the defender backing off all the while, giving Willock the room to curl an effort into the bottom corner that looked simple, but was anything but.
It was his first senior goal for the club and what a moment for the kid, who looks to be making a role more advanced up the pitch than we thought he originally would.
The half ended with us three to the good, and the second half started with a similar story, us bossing possession and looking to stretch the opposition. Nketiah had an early chance but put the effort wide, before Emery chose around the 60 minute mark to bring on young Zach Medley for Rob Holding - perhaps saving Holding for the impending North London Derby this Sunday.
We had the ball in the net for a fourth time, Smith-Rowe scoring at the far post, but the kid was called offside, after an age by the linesman to call it.
Another substitution, another youngster, with Saka coming on for Ramsey, and his first senior appearance. Vorskla started to come out of their shell, but found Cech in good form, and it was a little bit too late for the hosts.
Smith-Rowe nearly put the icing on the cake with another, but his shot was well saved. Saka then nearly capped off a dream debut, but the keeper again came to the rescue.
Charlie Gilmour then also came on for his debut, and he replaced Matteo Guendouzi. Three debuts for our kids, and a superb performance. by our kids.
Nketiah nearly got the goal his display deserved late on, but a deflection stopped that happening, and the whistle blew to end the game.
Top of the table, youngsters putting in a performance to give us optimism for the future, and another win.
An extremely good day at the office.