NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery intends to give several youngsters a chance in tonight’s Europa League match at Vorskla Poltava

The Gunners are already assured of a knockout spot in the competition heading into their penultimate game of Group E.

However, Arsenal are yet to secure top spot in the standings with their encounter with Poltava having been clouded by the political tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

The match has since been moved from Poltava to Kiev, but that hasn’t had an impact on Emery’s plans with several youngsters set to make their first-team debuts.

“We have a big responsibility with young players,” Emery said on Arsenal.com.

“At Arsenal, every year we are working very well with young players.

MONACO, MONACO - FEBRUARY 17: Arsene Wenger with members of the Yuwa Football Girls team a football based charity from India winners of the Laureus Good For Sport Award on February 17, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Laureus)

Wenger doesn’t know if he will return to management

The French coach spent 22 years in charge of English Premier League club Arsenal and he has yet to decide if he will continue in a new club.

“When there are matches like Thursday’s in a very big week for us, where we are playing a lot of matches, we have players to cover here. We need to give them chances.

“They are working with us in all the sessions and also in pre-season. They are coming with us because we can give them chances tomorrow and also because we would prefer for some players to not do this long travelling. We prefer for them to stay in London working for the next match on Sunday.

“The Europa League is very important for us and it’s very important for us to win on Thursday and come first in this group. The young players are going to have chances.

“Then you know that some players like Eddie Nketiah, like Willock, like Emile Smith Rowe, have played.

“Then other younger players are coming through with us like Bukayo, Dominic, Zech and Charlie. For us, it’s not different because they are working with us every day.”

The Poltava-Arsenal game in Kiev tonight will begin at 18:55 (CET).