Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Manchester United's youngsters to continue making the most of their first-team opportunities this season before unleashing them in the Premier League.

Academy products Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong were all named in a youthful United side for Thursday's 1-0 victory against Astana in the Europa League.

First-team regular Marcus Rashford also started but it was Greenwood who grabbed the headlines, the 17-year-old forward scoring the only goal of the game to become his side's youngest ever goalscorer in European competition.

Solskjaer has vowed to continue playing his young players in cup competitions with the aim of getting them ready for regular Premier League action.

"You learn quite a lot when playing the youngsters," he told Sky Sports. "You want them to go out and express themselves, to go out and perform so that have a platform to build on. I thought it paid off [against Astana].

"I understand that some of the boys, sometimes they can feel the heat, but I thought they were excellent. Of course, we must protect them, find the right moment to put them in. Give them guidance behind closed doors.

"They're almost ready [to play in the Premier League]. That's why they're with us, why they're training with us and they have done well in training.

"The young boys now - you will see them enough. You will see them in the Europa League, the FA Cup the Carabao Cup and maybe a little bit in the Premier League.

"If we do well in the Europa League we have a chance to win it. In the early stages you can take a few chances, take a few risks, make some subs and give the youngsters a chance.

"I think it's about time they had some exposure to see if they are ready to play in the Premier League."

Solskjaer also reiterated that United are still some way off challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title as he continues to shape his squad.

"Aaron Wan-Bissaka is young and up-and-coming," he said. "Luke Shaw is young. Axel Tuanzebe is young - we have something to build on there. The foundations are being built from the back.

"I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal.

"Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.

"Many players have been and gone and now there are some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries, but that's an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them."

Bukayo Saka has credited the influence of Arsenal great Freddie Ljungberg after a dazzling breakout performance for the club in the Europa League.

Making only his second senior start, Saka laid on goals for Joe Willock and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before rounding of a 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt with an excellent strike of his own from 25 yards.

Ljungberg moved up from his role with Arsenal's academy to act as an assistant to head coach Unai Emery this season and Saka acknowledged the former Sweden international's continued presence has aided his development.

"He's been with me since I was 15 and seen me do amazing things, but he always tells me to stay humble and keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player," the 18-year-old told reporters.

"He's been a player before so he understands how I would feel. He's played in my position and it’s just so good to have him there, an Arsenal legend giving me advice. There's not much more I can ask for."

Indeed, some of those words of wisdom came Saka's way during half-time at the Commerzbank-Arena – even if not all of them sunk in.

"He was teaching me some tactics but I can't quite remember what he was saying because he does give me a lot of information," he said.

"He’s been a big part in my progress."

The likes of Willock, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson featuring alongside Saka hints at a bright future for Arsenal's homegrown talents.

"It's good to have your mates around you," Saka added. "They push you.

"When you're down they pick you up, when they're down I pick them up. It's good to have them all around us."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the goals will soon start to flow again for Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

England international Rashford endured a frustrating outing in the 1-0 Europa League win over Astana on Thursday, with teenage forward Mason Greenwood on hand to bail out Solskjaer's side by opening his senior account in the 73rd minute.

Rashford's only goal from open play this season, alongside a couple of penalties, came on the opening weekend of the Premier League season against Chelsea, but Solskjaer feels the 21-year-old is close to a breakthrough.

"He's getting the chances. He could have had three [against Astana]. The keeper made a few fantastic saves," he said.

"I don't worry about that. We're working every single day in training with Marcus and he wants to improve and wants to be better.

"He could have finished once with his left foot instead of his right on Thursday. It was just one of those days. Their keeper was excellent."

There is an extra burden on the likes of Rashford and Anthony Martial this season, after United opted against replacing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, and Solskjaer is happy with the results so far.

"All the goals we've scored have come from our forwards, with Marcus and Anthony and Dan James. I'm sure they'll chip in with many, many goals," he said.

"Marcus is still young. He'll improve. You won't hit your peak as a striker until you're 26 or 27. He's still learning what finishes to make in different circumstances."

Solskjaer does not expect Martial and fellow France international Paul Pogba to feature in Sunday's Premier League match at West Ham.

The duo are yet to return to full training following respective thigh and ankle injuries and are sidelined alongside Luke Shaw (hamstring).

James also sat out the Astana game, having sustained a knock during last weekend's 1-0 win over Leicester City, but could return.

"He's not trained the last few days. Hopefully [he will be ready], but not sure," Solskjaer said. "We'll have a recovery day with everyone and then we'll see on Saturday."

United have not won on the road in the Premier League since February but Solskjaer insisted he has no concerns over their away form.

"I think we should have won at Southampton and Wolves. It’s still the same sized pitch – green, white lines, some fans," he said.

"You've got to block out the mental part and play the game as you do in the park."

Shkodran Mustafi has no interest in entering a "war" with Arsenal after not getting a move in the close season.

Mustafi, 27, was told he could leave the Emirates Stadium despite being contracted until 2021, but no move eventuated.

The defender made his first appearance of the season on Thursday, playing 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

Mustafi said he would avoid causing problems at Arsenal, but admitted he was open to a move.

"My father, who is my agent, spoke to the club. I am an Arsenal player and I've still got two years [left on my] contract," he told Sport Bild.

"I've never been someone who begins a war when something doesn't work out. I always said if it is possible, I am open to taking the next step. If not, I keep playing my football.

"The manager said he sees me the same way he sees every player in the team. That's why I played today and that's it. We're going to see what the future holds."

With his playing time seemingly set to be limited in 2019-20, Mustafi said he was open to a switch to his homeland, Germany.

"I have got a wife and two kids, so they have to agree as well," he said. "When a German club shows interest and it suits me, then I am open for it."

Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United did not have this "togetherness" two years ago as praised the team's performance in their Europa League opener.

United kicked off their Group L campaign with a stuttering 1-0 victory thanks to teenage sensation Mason Greenwood at home to Astana on Thursday.

Greenwood, 17, scored his first senior goal to lead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United past the Kazakh visitors in Manchester.

United were far from their best as Solskjaer named a youthful XI, but Rashford was happy with what he saw at Old Trafford.

"It wasn't the best performance but there was a lot of good stuff, they're tough to break down," Rashford told reporters.

"If I look back to two years ago, I don't think the team had the togetherness to come through a game like that.

"Everyone expects it to be easy but the opposition have come to win so it's always tough."

Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot was also in the starting line-up as United named their youngest XI in a Europa League or Champions League game since December 2012.

It was Dalot's first appearance of the season after injury postponed the start of the 20-year-old's campaign at the Theatre of Dreams.

However, it was all about team-mate Greenwood, who is set to take on more responsibility this term following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

"He's been working hard," Dalot said. "Mason, [Tahith] Chong, Angel [Gomes], the kids, myself, are working hard for this moment. He helped us today and I'm so happy for his goal."

On United's young players, Dalot added: "I think this club is all about that – if you're good enough you're old enough, that's another thing we want to keep in this club. If we keep working hard, I think Ole will give us a chance."

Marcus Rashford insists there is more to Manchester United's Astana match-winner Mason Greenwood than just potential, convinced he could be important sooner than people expect.

United produced a generally lacklustre display against Astana in Thursday's Europa League opener, winning 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong in attack, with the teenagers joined by Rashford.

Greenwood got the solitary goal with a smart finish after twisting and turning in the penalty area deep into the second half, much to the relief of the home support.

It was Greenwood's first senior goal for the club, with the 17-year-old tipped for big things at United.

And Rashford is a firm believer in the youngster, adamant he is already proving to not just be a kid with "potential".

Rashford told reporters: "For me, people say potential for the future, but if they could see how hard they're working – I've seen how hard Mason works, how hard Chongy works, Angel – the future could be very close.

"All of us have to keep working hard and they'll get to where they want to be."

Greenwood has made four substitute appearances in the Premier League this term and occasionally looked somewhat nervous.

He struggled to make much of an impact in the first period on Thursday as well, but Rashford scoffed at the suggestion Greenwood may have been struggling under the pressure to deliver at such a tender age.

"I wouldn't say weight off his shoulders," Rashford said. "For kids coming through the academy, that weight doesn't exist for them, because they've learnt to deal with that all the way through their careers.

"Since being nine years old, every time they play a game against other academies, Man United is the biggest game of their season, so they put everything into those games.

"They're used to having pressure to win games, so it's not a surprise to me when the young ones come on and do well.

"Mason scored, Angel did very well, Chongy in the first half was very good, in the second he found it a little more difficult.

"Because of their work ethic, there's no doubt you'll see them again. They keep improving, since they came up to us, they're always improving.

"For me as a person being in his [Greenwood's] shoes in the past, to score that goal, I know how he feels.

"Even more importantly it was the goal that won us the game, so that's the moment everyone should be talking about.

"Mason has been doing well since joining the first team and 100 per cent there's more to come from him. I'm sure he's excited and everyone else is as well."

Mason Greenwood's emergence for Manchester United means the club made the correct decision not to replace Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Greenwood's first senior goal earned United a 1-0 home win against Astana in their first Group L game as the Europa League got underway on Thursday.

The forward was part of a young United team, also featuring Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes, as Marcus Rashford wasted a string of first-half chances.

With 17 minutes to go, Greenwood came up with a delightful winner, with Solskjaer backing the 17-year-old to develop further in the absence of Lukaku and Sanchez.

Greenwood became the youngest European goalscorer in United history and Solskjaer indicated a new contract could be on the cards for the talented teenager.

"For me it was the right decision for the club and he's going to be important for us this season," Solskjaer told a news conference. "He's not played a lot so far, but he'll get minutes.

"We're always in talks with the boys about how we see the future and Mason's one we want to keep with us."

Greenwood was making his second start for the club, having been handed his full debut at the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

"If you get him inside the box you know something's going to happen," Solskjaer added of the teenager. "He can go inside or outside and it was a great finish through the keeper's legs.

"For sure it's natural for him to play football, it’s natural for him to score goals, in and around the box he knows how to hit the ball.

"Maybe he hit it too hard in the first half and maybe he should have curled it a little bit more, but he shows glimpses of what he can become."

Solskjaer, though, accepted United's overall performance was not necessarily up to scratch.

"When you don't score in the first half from four or five massive massive chances, you always wonder if it's going to be one of those nights when you get punished for being sloppy," he said.

"I didn't feel confident we'd win the game until the referee blew his whistle. We didn't play the last 10 or 15 minutes well and these boys need to learn that."

Sheyi Ojo said Rangers set out to beat Feyenoord for Fernando Ricksen and dedicated his winning goal to the club's former captain.

Liverpool loanee Ojo scored with a scorching effort after 23 minutes of Rangers' Europa League Group G opener at Ibrox to calm his side's nerves after James Tavernier missed a penalty.

Rangers withstood a spell of late Feyenoord pressure to emerge with a 1-0 victory that Ojo said was fuelled by self-belief and a determination to honour the memory of Ricksen, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2013 and died on Wednesday.

"It was a nice goal but the most important thing was to get the win today and we've done that," Ojo told BT Sport.

"We believe in ourselves and know what we're capable of. It's about putting on a good performance for our home fans.

"All the players were saying before the game we have to do it for him [Ricksen]. Not only him but what he represents – the fighting spirit he showed in his last few years.

"My goal celebration was dedicated to him."

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reflected on three points he felt his players deserved despite Allan McGregor having to make two saves late in the game to preserve their lead.

The home side had 20 shots on goal compared to Feyenoord's 16, and Gerrard said his side's creativity - along with the atmosphere inside Ibrox - proved key on an emotional night for the club.

"Over 90 minutes, if you look at the chances, we deserved to win," said Gerrard. "Sometimes you have to perform out of possession and defensively we were very well organised.

"The atmosphere was fantastic, very fitting, and we're just pleased we put in a performance his [Ricksen's] young family can be very proud of.

"I'm sure Fernando was looking down. The players gave a lot of commitment and effort – exactly how he used to play. Everyone connected to the club has been down and we wanted to lift that."

Looking ahead to his side's next Europa League fixture, away at Young Boys on October 3, Gerrard added: "It's an important win but there's a long way to go. We expect a tougher challenge.

"The group is going to be a long, hard challenge."

Mason Greenwood earned the praise of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his match-winning impact against Astana in the Europa League.

United were toiling at Old Trafford in Thursday's opening Group L Europa League clash until Greenwood produced a moment of class to win the game with 17 minutes remaining.

Collecting the ball on the left side of the penalty box, the 17-year-old Greenwood tricked his way into enough space to rifle a shot through the legs of Astana's excellent goalkeeper Nenad Eric.

Greenwood became United's youngest goalscorer in European competition having netted his first senior goal for the club on just his second start.

"He's a natural finisher, a natural footballer," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"He enjoys playing football and can play as a number 10 or wide so I'm pleased he's got his first goal.

"We always know in and around the box he's one of our best finishers. 

"I'm happy he got his goal and he'll go home happy tonight."

Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes also started and Solskjaer indicated some of his young stars could keep their places for Sunday's Premier League trip to West Ham.

"They show it every day in training, this is why they're here and ready to play a part," he added. 

"I made it difficult by making so many changes, I have to take some blame as it's easier to come into a settled team. But still, it's a good night for us.

"We think today was a great opportunity for them, we wouldn't throw them in if they weren't ready but they need game-time so they can get rhythm. They might play at the weekend or against Rochdale [in the EFL Cup] next week. 

"You have to handle the fans to make it at Manchester United, it's not easy on a night like this. Angel did well, Chongy showed glimpses so they'll be better for it."

Having spent much of his time as Manchester United manager promising to do so, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally unleashed the kids in their Europa League opener against Astana.

Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes were all given their first starts of the season, while Axel Tuanzebe lined up in defence after making only one substitute appearance since returning from a fruitful loan spell.

As a contest, it certainly was not as straightforward as Solskjaer would have hoped, as United made hard work of overcoming the Kazakh champions.

Yet Solskjaer's experimenting was just about vindicated by Greenwood getting the only goal of the game 17 minutes from time - the forward bailing out his more experienced team-mates on a frustrating evening at Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, it was still a mixed outing for United's youngsters. We assess how they fared.


Mason Greenwood

United's next great hope was making his first start since the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City on the final day of last season, though this contest will have felt like small fry compared to his only previous European outing, a substitute appearance in the famous 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain last term.

Operating initially from the right, he went extremely close to opening the scoring in the 16th minute after Marcus Rashford's clever flick, drilling a fierce left-footed strike just wide of the top-left corner. Solskjaer said Greenwood was one of the best finishers he has ever seen on Wednesday – it would have been easy to see why had he buried that opportunity.

However, Solskjaer's need for Greenwood – as United's only back-up striker – to prove a point and get a goal arguably spared the teenager from being taken off instead of Gomes in the second half, having failed to meet expectations.

The Norwegian's faith ultimately paid off.

For once, a United player didn't just do the obvious. Greenwood twisted and turned in the area and coolly slotted between the goalkeeper's legs for his first official senior goal, which will surely be a weight off his shoulders.


Angel Gomes

Almost two-and-a-half years on from his United debut, Gomes was finally awarded a first senior start and he looked eager to impress, dazzling a defender in the first minute before then winning a foul with a clever turn just a few moments later.

In the first half, Gomes looked the most likely to make something happen creatively, his quick feet winning a couple of free-kicks and providing the only defence-splitting pass just before the half-hour mark when releasing Diogo Dalot, whose subsequent cross was dealt with.

Gomes' ability in tight spaces continued to look like providing a potential route to goal in the second period – the attacking midfielder drawing fouls and creating space, but United refused to use him as often as they should have.

In the end, he was somewhat unfortunate to be taken off after generally justifying his selection. The fans will definitely be hoping to see more from Gomes in the coming weeks.


Tahith Chong

After looking bright as a substitute against Leicester City, it was not a huge surprise to see Netherlands youth international Chong make the starting XI.

While his display was a little braver than Greenwood's before the break, Chong did show he is still the rawest of the three youngsters in attack.

His touch was far too heavy on several occasions, while he lacked the power to really trouble the Astana defence, one early run aside.

He was unsurprisingly withdrawn for Jesse Lingard in the second half, having been largely disappointing.


Axel Tuanzebe

Following a solid season on loan at Aston Villa, Tuanzebe has moved well up the pecking order at Old Trafford and was a commanding presence on his first start for the club since May 2017.

The 21-year-old showed an effective blend of physicality and technical ability, one first-half moment typifying that when he recovered to outpace and outmuscle Dorin Rotariu, before taking the ball back and dribbling forward after the Romanian had flicked the ball over his head.

Otherwise Tuanzebe had little defending to do, with the centre-back often stepping forward into midfield given United's dominance, but his solidity was highlighted by the fact he won 75 per cent of his 16 duels.


Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will make their returns to action for Arsenal Under-23s on Friday, Unai Emery confirmed.

Scotland left-back Tierney has been dealing with a groin injury he sustained prior to his reported £25million move from Celtic on deadline day, while Bellerin has been out since an anterior cruciate ligament rupture suffered in January.

Arsenal head coach Emery revealed the defensive duo had returned to training last week and they will edge closer to a return to the first team against Wolves U23.

Emery announced the date for their return following the Gunners' 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener on Thursday.

Bukayo Saka, 18, had two assists and a goal on his second start for the club, with Joe Willock and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also on target at the Commerzbank Arena.

The goals from Saka and Aubameyang came in quick succession after the teenage winger drew a foul that resulted in Dominik Kohr's second yellow card with 11 minutes remaining.

It ensured Arsenal emerged triumphant from an open game and went top of Group F, with Standard Liege beating Vitoria SC in the section's other game.

"We know that match was difficult. They were very strong here. They're a very offensive team and defensively we needed to work, sometimes deep, sometimes with their full-backs very deep, crossing a lot to the strikers," said Emery.

"We spoke and worked on the transition if we were organised defensively and with good pressing. We did that.

"We had the possibility with the young players to create chances and help them, also sharing with experienced players. Their performance tonight was good. It's our way.

"We analysed that team and they are very offensive. They played with three centre-backs and full-backs who are wingers. We know they demanded a lot from us defensively.

"We did good work. They shoot a lot because they have a lot of attacking players."

Sheyi Ojo scored with a blistering strike to help Rangers to a 1-0 victory over Feyenoord, giving Steven Gerrard the tribute he wanted to former captain Fernando Ricksen.

Gerrard had said a victory in his side's Europa League Group G opener would be a fitting way to celebrate the life of fans' favourite Ricksen, who died on Wednesday after a long battle with motor neurone disease, and Ojo's first-half winner was enough to secure it.

The 22-year-old Liverpool loanee delivered a moment of real quality to separate the two teams, on a night when impressive finishing was in short supply at Ibrox.

Yet the way Rangers blunted Feyenoord's attacking threat will have pleased Gerrard as he plots a course through a competition he won as a player in its previous guise as the UEFA Cup.

After Feyenoord's Sam Larsson missed an early close-range chance, centre-back Edgar Le handled in his own box only for Rangers captain James Tavernier to send the ensuing penalty kick wide, clipping the outside of the post with his low, side-footed attempt.

The hosts kept the pressure on and Scott Arfield hit the post before Borna Barisic's brave challenge presented Ojo with a chance 20 yards from goal and the winger unleashed a resplendent left-footed drive that bulged the left side of Kenneth Vermeer's net.

Ojo hit the woodwork from just inside the box five minutes from half-time, but Feyenoord started the second half brightly as Steven Berghuis sent a diving header just wide.

Substitute Luciano Narsingh gave the Eredivisie side a lift and he went clean through on goal five minutes from time but Allan McGregor got down well to save his low shot, preserving Rangers' clean sheet on an emotional night for their supporters.

Braga winger Ricardo Horta capitalised on a mistake from Ryan Bennett to inflict a 1-0 defeat on Wolves in their Europa League opener on Thursday.

Wolves scored at least two goals in each of their six qualifying matches but failed to find a way through their Portuguese visitors and were dealt a sucker punch 19 minutes from time.

Horta fired home the only goal of the game at Molineux after Bennett's pass was cut out just inside the opposition half.

The Premier League side had looked the more likely side to snatch the win before Horta's strike against the run of play, but Patrick Cutrone and Leander Dendoncker squandered promising opportunities as Wolves' Group K campaign began with a defeat.

Nuno Espirito Santo's team were competing in a major European competition for the first time since 1980-81 and they edged the first half, Cutrone blazing over and dragging wide from the best of their openings.

Braga, who like Wolves have made a slow start to their domestic campaign, were denied a penalty between those missed chances when Galeno went to ground under slight contact from Conor Coady.

Dendoncker went close to finding the breakthrough six minutes into the second half with a drilled effort that was saved by goalkeeper Matheus.

But Braga took a step towards all three points after Galeno intercepted Bennett's ball down the line and advanced on the left before squaring to Horta, who took a touch and blasted past Rui Patricio.

Wolves desperately pushed for a leveller, but Matheus was equal to efforts from Willy Boly and Ruben Neves in the closing stages.

Mason Greenwood's first senior goal earned a callow Manchester United team a stuttering 1-0 home win over Astana in their opening Europa League fixture on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put his faith in Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, the trio's inclusion contributing to United's youngest XI in a Europa League or Champions League game since December 2012.

Yet with Marcus Rashford particularly inefficient in front of goal, the Premier League giants struggled to find a way to beat Astana goalkeeper Nenad Eric, who was in excellent form.

The hosts did at least claim victory. With 17 minutes to go at Old Trafford, Greenwood had the crowd off their feet with a stirring run and finish through Eric's legs to win the Group L game.

United's young side made a vibrant start with Fred's 30-yard strike rattling the crossbar before Rashford somehow hit a close-range shot straight at Eric.

Greenwood rifled a powerful drive wide and Rashford sprung Astana's offside trap again in the 21st minute but again found Eric blocking his way when it looked easier to score.

The 17-year-old Greenwood and Chong both arrived moments too late to convert Marcos Rojo's low cross as United tried to step up the tempo at the start of the second half.

A goalmouth melee saw the ball roll against the outside of Eric's left-hand post before Rashford thumped a free-kick just over the crossbar and Fred's 25-yard set piece was tipped wide.

Eric brilliantly tipped Jesse Lingard's speculative strike on to the woodwork with Diogo Dalot failing to convert the rebound, leaving Greenwood's moment of magic decisive.

What does it mean? You can't win anything with kids… or can you?

Solskjaer's decision to name such an inexperienced front line was partly forced on him by Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez departing for Inter with no arrivals signed to replace them. 

The virtually anonymous Chong and Gomes do not look ready to make match-winning contributions on this stage, although Greenwood certainly justified his inclusion with the winner.

A star is born

There has been a great deal of excitement around the potential of Greenwood, who was handed his second start for the club. For much of the game Greenwood operated on the fringes but he burst into life when it counted to ensure United avoided an embarrassing result.


Rashford wasteful as attack's leader

Easily the most experienced United attacker on show, Rashford could have had a hat-trick had his radar been in tune. He has only scored once since the opening weekend.


What's next?

Solskjaer's side go to West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday, with their next Europa League fixture away to AZ on October 3, the day Astana host Partizan.

Bukayo Saka scored his first Arsenal goal in Thursday's 3-0 Europa League victory over Eintracht Frankfurt and already has his sights set on more.

Saka, 18, came in as one of seven changes made by Unai Emery from the team that suffered a second-half collapse to draw 2-2 with Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

The teenage winger, making just his second start for the club, set up Joe Willock for the first-half opener and drew a foul from Dominik Kohr that resulted in the Eintracht midfielder's second yellow card with 11 minutes remaining.

Saka was key to Arsenal capitalising on their numerical advantage, bending home a fine finish from the edge of the box and releasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to cap an impressive victory at the Commerzbank-Arena.

"It was a very proud moment, I'm so happy. It's a dream come true. Since I was a kid, I've always dreamed of scoring for [the] Arsenal first team. Now I've done that and I just want to do it more," Saka told BT Sport.

"We spoke about it before the game, their fans get behind them a lot. They were making noise the whole game long. We said we had to play with our confidence and stick to our game plan."

Saka became the youngest Arsenal player to score in European competition since a 17-year-old Aaron Ramsey in October 2008, impressing Willock.

"He's a special player and he got two assists and one goal tonight," Willock said of Saka.

"I'm happy to score and contribute to winning the game, but as a whole I thought we all did well and it was a big night for us.

"They were very strong one-v-one and they tried to press us high, so we had to hit them on the counter. We knew we had fast players so that was our game plan. It worked and we had a lot of chances to score, but we got there in the end."

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