Arsenal cruises to 3-0 win over Dundalk in Europa League

Goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe help Arsenal defeat Irish side Dundalk.

Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah celebrates after scoring the first goal. - REUTERS

A flurry of goals either side of halftime from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a comfortable 3-0 Europa League win over Irish side Dundalk on Thursday that puts it top of its group after two games.

MATCH CENTRE

The 2019 League of Ireland champion defended bravely, but its resolve was broken in the 42nd minute as goalkeeper Gary Rogers failed to get enough on the ball when punching away a corner and Nketiah fired home from close range.

Willock added a second before the break, snapping up the rebound from a blocked shot by Pepe and slamming the ball beyond Rogers as Dundalk's defence crumbled.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitor in the first minute of the second half as Pepe cut onto his right foot and curled a superb shot into the top corner to make it 3-0 to leave Dundalk reeling.

 

The visitor rarely managed to threaten a makeshift Arsenal defence with midfielder Granit Xhaka slotting in at centre back for a period, and as the game wore on Dundalk struggled to get out of its own half as the Gunners coasted to victory.

The result puts Arsenal top of Group B on six points and ahead of Molde, which beat third-placed Rapid Vienna 1-0, on goal difference. Dundalk is bottom with no points.

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