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.
“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).