There were genuine concerns in the lead up that the match may not go even go ahead following Uefa's decision to move the match to Kiev, more than 200 miles away from Vorskla's home ground, on the eve of the match.
The Gunners secured a 3-0 victory over Voskla Poltava in snowy conditions in Kiev to top Group F and secure passage into the next round of the Europa League.
In the 25th minute, Arsenal were awarded a penalty after Aaron Ramsey was tackled inside the penalty area. He added that Vorskla's influential billionaire honorary president, Konstyantyn Zhevago, suggested Arsenal was reluctant to travel to Poltava after the other two teams in the group did so.
Smith-Rowe nearly got his second of the game, only for his close-range effort to be chalked off by the referee for a questionable foul in the box. The most important change is that it affects the supporters.
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After the game, the manager said: "He's taken confidence and responsibility and steps with us".
Arsenal will now avoid the four best-placed teams dropping down from the Champions League in the last next round. One good example for other young players.
"They need confidence playing matches, not only in training but also to take minutes in games like today".
"They are coming with us because we can give them chances tomorrow".
First Rob Holding flicked a corner just over the bar, before Nketiah nearly scored a goal for himself but he slightly miscued his shot, allowing goalkeeper Bogdan Shust to save.
He was happy to help build the play too, and also do the dirty work young players can often be criticised for lacking - he made three tackles, more than anyone else on his side.
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Curry - who has missed the last 10 games with a groin injury - will be eager to get back on the floor. More to come on that, but plan on being in Oakland that night!