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Eddie Nketiah vs Vorskla.

Eddie Nketiah's reaction to Arsenal's opener vs Vorskla has been questioned by pundits

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Arsenal have made very light work of their Europa League group and have ensured top spot with a game to spare.

Unai Emery’s side travelled to Ukraine to face Vorskla on Thursday and, despite a very youthful line-up, triumphed 3-0.

That put them on 13 points from their five matches and they now can’t be caught by Sporting - who trail by three points - due to their superior head-to-head record.

Arsenal’s trip to play Vorskla was probably made easier after the match switched to Kiev and the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium - the venue of last season’s Champions League final.

And the Gunners didn’t take long to show their quality.

Eleven minutes, in fact, as 18-year-old Emile Smith-Rowe found himself in the right place at the right time to give his side the lead.

Arsenal may have been celebrating but there was one man that didn’t look particularly happy.

In the build-up to the goal, Eddie Nketiah failed to get his feet sorted as he went one-on-one with the goalkeeper. It resulted in the ball finding its way to Smith-Rowe to score.

But after his teammate found the back of the net, Nketiah put his head in his hands at his missed opportunity before eventually celebrating with Smith-Rowe.

It was a reaction that Arsenal fans picked up on, while former defender Martin Keown also mentioned it on BT Sport at half-time.

"It's a strange reaction let's just say," said Keown on BT Sport, per the Mirror.

"I do agree but we know what strikers are like. They're the ones who want to score the goal but at the end of the day it's more important the team win."

Former Arsenal and now Chelsea player Karen Carney added: "It's a team sport game and yes in these opportunities you want to be scoring but you've got to be celebrating with your team-mate for going 1-0 up early in the game.

"It was a bit selfish. You can have that disappointment after the game."

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Martin Keown
Europa League
Football
Unai Emery
Edward Nketiah
Sporting
Premier League
Arsenal

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