Arsenal game moved to Kiev as Ukraine introduces martial law

Soccer Football- Europa League- Group Stage- Group E- FC Vorskla Poltava v Arsenal- NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium Kiev Ukraine

Soccer Football- Europa League- Group Stage- Group E- FC Vorskla Poltava v Arsenal- NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium Kiev Ukraine

Earlier today, Vorlska vice president Oleh Lysak claimed the match may not go ahead as the club have yet to receive confirmation of the game being held at Kiev's Olympic Stadium or any information regarding tickets.

Europe's governing body moved the Europa League match from Poltava to the capital, which is more than 200 miles away, following the Ukrainian parliament's decision to impose martial law in several parts of the country amid fears of a war with neighbouring Russian Federation.

Vorskla, meanwhile, made some suggestion the game would still not take place - although an Instagram post from their account on Wednesday evening showed the squad boarding a coach bound for Kiev.

"I would like to say a lot about this", he said. This game was very important for our city.

Emery used the opportunity to blood more academy talent as Zech Medley, Bukayo Sako and Charlie Gilmour were introduced from the bench on a night where Arsenal got the job done despite all the uncertainty over the game.

"I'm very happy but it's more important that we won today".

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"That was a big influence on the mentality on the team". A thousand supporters were going to come from other cities to support our team. The club does everything possible to play at home.

Emery will take charge of his first North London derby when Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Nketiah drew a save out of Bohdan Shust at the start of the second half, with Smith Rowe seeing a second of the night eventually ruled out for offside after he turned home Stephan Lichtsteiner's deflected cross.

The performance of Smith Rowe was particularly eye-catching, the 18-year-old scoring his third goal in his last four appearances - with Emery keen for Arsenal's other youngsters to use the England youth global as an example to follow. Arsenal have 'MAJOR" problem to deal with hours before clash Arsene Wenger: "Arsenal legend moves a step closer to Bayern Munich 'For us, let it be an additional motivation.

"We need to give young players a chance", Emery said. "We think they can help us but they need the confidence of playing matches, not only working with us in the training sessions".

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