Unai Emery's passionate reaction to Joe Willock's recovery tackle on Jonjo Shelvey

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Arsenal fans were understandably fearing the worst after seeing their starting line-up to face Newcastle on Sunday.

Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac, David Luiz, Rob Holding, Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin were ALL missing from the XI.

Instead, young stars Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock were handed starts, while Matteo Guendouzi partnered Granit Xhaka and Calum Chambers started alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Arsenal were far from full strength, and yet they produced a solid performance to leave St James' Park with a 1-0 victory and all three points.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who else? - grabbed the goal for the Gunners, while Nelson and Willock repaid Unai Emery's faith with energetic displays.

Emery said of the 19-year-old duo afterwards: "Good. They are young, they need to get confidence, to get experience. But we need to be winning.

"We are helping them but pushing them and our demand is a very big demand. They need to do one process and sometimes it's playing like today and sometimes it's maybe starting in the bench.

"But above all, they are going to be with us [for the season]."


Willock was particularly impressive in the No.10 role and arguably his standout moment was a fantastic recovery tackle on Jonjo Shelvey.

After losing the ball, the teenager got up and chased down Shelvey to win back possession with a sliding tackle.

Footage has emerged of Emery's reaction on the sidelines to Willock's tackle and he celebrated it like Arsenal had scored a goal. Check it out below.

Exactly the kind of passion Arsenal fans want to see from their manager.

An exciting Premier League campaign awaits the Gunners, who had a superb transfer window and improved in all areas of the pitch.

There's a good chance Willock and Nelson's minutes will be limited this season, but their performances against Newcastle justified them staying at the club rather than going out on loan.

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