Aaron Ramsey Starts - Arsenal Team vs Vorskla Poltava Confirmed

Aaron Ramsey Starts - Arsenal Team vs Vorskla Poltava Confirmed

Aaron Ramsey Starts - Arsenal Team vs Vorskla Poltava Confirmed

A youthful Gunners side made light work of the uprooted Ukrainian outfit as first-half goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Willock put the result beyond doubt before the interval.

The urgent decision of UEFA to relocate the match to Kyiv was based on the sudden introduction of martial law and the uncertainty of the security situation in some parts of Ukraine and particularly given the extremely short timescale available to evaluate all existing risks.

The game will now take place 200 miles away at the Olympic Stadium, which hosted the Champions League final previous year, due to "security concerns". We are preparing plan A and plan B in terms of stadium preparation.

"It influenced the mental condition of the players very much because only in 24 hours everything had changed".

However, Vorskla are doing "everything they can" to host the game at their own home ground.

"He's taken confidence and responsibility and steps with us", he said.

Smith Rowe scored the opening goal of a 3-0 win and was one of several youngsters who impressed for Arsenal, who finished the game with six teenagers on the pitch. "Today his performance was very good".

"They need confidence playing matches, not only in training but also to take minutes in games like today".

"Oleh Lysak, the Vorskla vice president, confirmed the match may not be played and said "'the Olympic Stadium hasn't given us any kind of confirmation or any other kind of answer" with the Ukraine club apparently attempting to switch the fixture back to the original venue.

"They are working with us in all the sessions and also in pre-season".

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