Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal opened their Europa League Group E campaign with a comfortable win over Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava.
Until Aubameyang’s opening goal it had been a laboured performance from the Gunners, who had struggled to break through well-drilled opponents.
However, the Gabon striker – the club’s record £56m signing last January – changed the dynamics of the contest by steering Alex Iwobi’s pass into the bottom left corner after the visitors overcommitted in attack.
It was only Aubameyang’s sixth touch of the game, and Arsenal’s first shot on target but it allowed them to cut loose after the break.
The Poltava club have only ever faced British opposition once before in Europe, in the form of Northern Irish side Glentoran.And the draw of Arsenal led the club to set up a fan-zone with a big screen at their stadium in central Ukraine to allow their supporters to witness arguably the biggest night in their history.
Arsenal have a two-week break before their next Europa League fixture against FK Qarabag on 4 October . The Gunners resume their Premier League duties at the Emirates on Sunday when they face Everton .
The final Socre was 4-2 which Arsenal again failed to secure a clean sheet.