Gabriel Martinelli starred with two goals and an assist as Arsenal thrashed Standard Liege 4-0 in a one-sided Europa League affair at Emirates Stadium.
With Hector Bellerin named as Arsenal captain for the first time, Unai Emery’s slick Gunners dominated from the first whistle and had the game wrapped up inside 21 minutes.
Arsenal were two up inside 16 minutes thanks to two goals from teenage forward Martinelli. The Brazilian’s first came as he got his head to Kieran Tierney’s cross from the left wing, before he created space in the box to curl home a second three minutes later.
And it was 3-0 to Arsenal by the 22nd minute thanks to Joe Willock’s calm finish after the ball deflected into his path.
Arsenal chalked up their fourth of the night just short of the hour mark, when Martinelli lifted a delightful ball across the six-yard box for Dani Ceballos to prod home from close range – his first goal for the club on loan from Real Madrid.