Manager Unai Emery have taken a young squad to Kiev having already qualified for the last 32 with two games to spare ahead of the North London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.
The match was moved to Kiev at late notice after the Ukrainian president imposed martial law in some areas of the country earlier this week, making for a odd atmosphere at a sparsely populated Olimpiskiy Stadium.
"We need to give them [the youngsters] chances".
"He is a good example for the other young players". It's not an easy decision for UEFA to make either.
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He continued: "We think they can help us but they need the confidence of playing matches, not only working with us in the training sessions". The young players are going to have chances.
That early work was undone as Smith Rowe handed Arsenal an 11th-minute lead, turning home at the back-post after smart work from both Ramsey and Nketiah.
Arsenal said in a statement on their website they were "currently working closely with UEFA and the relevant authorities to ensure the safety and welfare" of all Gunners fans travelling to the match and would provide further updates on match arrangements as soon as they had received confirmation from UEFA.
UEFA confirmed on Thursday that the Group E match will be played in Kiev as planned.
Emery used the opportunity to blood more academy talent as Zech Medley, Bukayo Sako and Charlie Gilmour were introduced from the bench on a night where Arsenal got the job done despite all the uncertainty over the game.