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Emery Salutes Gunners Fringe Stars

Emery Salutes Gunners Fringe Stars

Unai Emery praised his fringe players as Arsenal wrapped up a routine 3-0 win at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup.

19-year-old Joe Willock was the star of the show scoring his second and third senior goals in the first half before Alex Iwobi rounded off the victory late on.

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Only four players remained in the starting line-up from the Premier League victory over Fulham, and it was the young attackers who shone, with Willock ably supported by fellow 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Emery was delighted with the performance of his youngsters and the way they stepped up to the task when called upon. “We need players with commitment,” the Gunners boss said after the game.

“We need players who are prepared for when the team needs them and they can step up. “Opportunities are coming in matches like today. We mixed experienced players in the squad with some young players like Joe, Eddie and Ainsley.

“It was a good combination. They can show us they are progressing with the team and, mostly importantly, they showed their passion.”

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