Emery targets defensive stability as Arsenal claim win in Europa League opener

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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has admitted "it's a bit frustrating" to serve as Petr Cech's backup and is still hoping to play in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery will assess midfielder Lucas Torreira after he hobbled out of the 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla.

The Gunners were cruising toward a dominant victory when Mesut Ozil put them 4-0 up in the 74th minute after two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and one from Danny Welbeck already had them comfortably in front at the Emirates on Thursday.

"Little by little, we are conceding a few chances to the opposition, the same like in Newcastle".

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The night didn't end perfectly for the gunners as Vorskla scored two late goals to deny the Gunners a clean sheet.

The visitors bagged a consolation goal two minutes later as Lichtsteiner went from hero to zero after giving the ball away on the edge of the box, allowing Volodymyr Chesnakov to pounce and fire past Leno.

Speaking to BT Sport as quoted by the Daily Star, Emery said: "Each match we play, I am responsible for the group and for Torreira also, today I think it is better [for Lucas] to leave the match". We need players and need to give minutes to players.

Emery remains hopeful Torreira will feature against Everton in the league on Sunday after the Uruguayan midfielder picked up a knock on his knee in the second half. I want to continue to be competitive in each match. He didn't say the league is Petr's competition and the Europa League is mine.

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"Each minute he is playing, he is doing very well", he added.

"I came to the club to play every game", Leno told the London Evening Standard.

"For him, it takes minutes for the game and confidence for continuing also because he will be continuing to play matches in the next week".

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