It was another mind-blowing performance from Arsenal as they secured victory after going behind early in the encounter.

Full-time result

Arsenal – K. Haugen (45 + 1 og), S. Sinyan (62 og), Pepe (69), Willock (88)
Molde FK – M. Ellingsen (22)

Match Review: Arsenal vs. Molde

It was another mind-blowing performance from Arsenal as they secured victory after going behind early in the encounter.

Mikel Arteta fielded mostly his fringe players except for Bernd Leno and Willian, who retained their spots in the starting Line up while the returning David Luiz paired with Mustafi in defense. The game started brightly and Arsenal would have taken an early lead when Eddie Nketiah’s dink over the Molde goalkeeper was cleared off the line. Moments later in the 22nd minute, Arsenal were behind when Bernd Leno’s lackluster pass was intercepted by Magnus Wulf Eikrem, who picked out Ellingsen with a neat pass, and Ellingsen went for goal with a left-footed shot from far that went into the lower left side of Leno’s goal to put Molde in front.

Arsenal would feel that they should have got an equalizer when the linesman wrongly flagged offside after Nketiah had put the ball into the net with replays showing it was Joe Willock who was slightly offside. But moments later, Arsenal got their equalizer just into first-half stoppage time when Haugen put the ball into his own net from a brilliant counter-attack led by Willock and Nketiah. After the restart, Sead Kolasinac wasted an opportunity to put the Gunners ahead but the Gunners got their second goal through another own-goal from Sinyan in the 62nd minute, who side-footed the ball into his net after a square play from Joe Willock.

Seven minutes later, Nicholas Pepe got the third goal for Arsenal, scoring from a neat cross down the left by Saka. Pepe then set up Joe Willock for the fourth goal in the 88th minute, who fired into the top of the net after being picked out by the Ivorian to seal a well deserved victory for the Gunners and put them on course for an early qualification. 

on Joe Willock's performance...

Yeah, I think he was really strong in his performance. I think the way he’s approaching every opportunity, also how mature he is. I saw his press conference as well and I was impressed by the way he’s communicating as well. He is developing the right way, he is a player that I really like, he has some very special qualities. He deserves every minute he’s been playing and he’s showing it with performances, with goals, and with his attitude

~ Mikel Arteta

The result makes it 3 wins out of 3 games in the Europa League for Arsenal and places them top of Group B on 9 points going into the International break but before that, the Gunners host Aston Villa in a tricky Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.


Match Preview by Patrick Alexander