Europa League: Arsenal secure top spot with easy win over Vorskla Poltava, Celtic edge closer to knockouts

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The Gunners won 3-0 in Ukraine thanks to strikes from Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Willock while Scott Sinclair’s header has put the Hoops on the brink of the last 32

Both Arsenal and Celtic were in action during the early kick-offs in the Europa League on Thursday night.

And they were successful trips as the Gunners ran out comfortable winners against Vorskla Poltava while Brendan Rodgers’ men secured a priceless victory at Rosenborg.

Arsenal’s kids put on a very professional display at a freezing Kiev

Arsenal’s kids put on a very professional display at a freezing Kiev

Below you can read the best of the action from the two games.

Vorskla Poltava 0-3 Arsenal

Arsenal secured top spot in their Europa League group as a much-changed side coasted to a 3-0 Europa League victory against Vorskla Poltava in sub-zero Kiev.

The Group E fixture was moved 185 miles east of Poltava to the capital’s Olympic Stadium, with parts of Ukraine under martial law as political tensions with Russia continue to rise.

The call to relocate the game was made on Tuesday evening, with Vorskla particularly unhappy with UEFA’s decision and official confirmation that the match would take place at all not coming from the governing body until six hours before kick-off.

Willock’s goal was his first senior strike for the Gunners

Willock’s goal was his first senior strike for the Gunners

Any inconvenience for Unai Emery and his players did not show as youngsters Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock scored either side of an Aaron Ramsey penalty to confirm a win in temperatures that dropped as low as minus 10 degrees.

Arsenal fans go crazy for Smith Rowe

Rosenborg 0-1 Celtic

Celtic’s quest to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League is in their own hands following a 1-0 win over Rosenborg in Trondheim.

Sinclair scored the opening goal of the game

Sinclair scored the opening goal of the game

The Hoops commanded the first half at the Lerkendal Stadium but did not take the lead until the 42nd minute when forward Scott Sinclair headed in a cross from winger James Forrest.

There was little excitement after the break with Brendan Rodgers’ side less convincing yet they managed the club’s first away victory in the group stages of the competition.

Celtic moved on to nine points and a draw in their final Group B fixture against Salzburg, who qualified with a 1-0 win over RB Leipzig, at Parkhead next month would be enough for the Scottish champions to secure European football after Christmas.

Celtic only need a point in their final game to guarantee their place in the last 32

Celtic only need a point in their final game to guarantee their place in the last 32