March 9, 2023


Saliba heads Arsenal in front!

14′ Pressure from Arsenal

Arteta’s men are holding on to the ball well up the pitch and keeping the pressure on Sporting.

They haven’t forced a chance but are looking more in control as they pass the ball around the home side’s box.

Jorginho has tried to be positive in a deep play making role but has struggled to execute his ambitious diangonal passes so far.

9′ Lisbon growing into the game

The home side have looked better than the Gunners in the past few minutes and got on the front foot more.

Arsenal’s defence has coped well so far but they’ll want to get the ball up the end of the pitch more often.

Vieira had a nice run down the middle on his return to Portugal but could not find Martinelli at the end.

Arteta uses a break in play to give his side a quick team talk after a slightly flat start.

6′ Chance for Goncalves

First real chance of the game.

Goncalves catches Jorginho out and breaks down the left. He cuts in to the box and curls a shot but it’s wide of the post.

An early warning from the home side.

4′ Fairly even start

Arsenal have looked to take control in the opening minutes, passing the ball slowly in possession and pressing nicely without it.

Lisbon have dealt with them well so far and caused a frantic clearance from Ben White after a loose ball between the two Arsenal centre backs.



We’re underway in Portugal!

The visitors kick off first.

Five minutes to go!

We’re closing in on kick off in Lisbon.

A big game for a changes Arsenal team that have talked up a potential European double.

‘They made a lot of people happy o Saturday’

Mikel Arteta on BT Sport: ‘We’ve prepared very well and we’ll try to win the game against a very tough opponent.’

‘They made a lot of people happy on Sunday. It’s our aim [to fight on two fronts], we have to try and win it.’

‘We made six changes because we have to adapt, we have a good squad. I have full confidence in my players.’

‘We need to keep going’

Gabriel Martinelli speaking to BT Sport on the Bournemouth result: ‘It was a great win, a great goal from Reiss, so happy for him.’

‘We need to keep going. The work we are doing is going to help us. We go into every single game with the winning mentality. We want to win the title.

‘We know our qualities and we know we can do it. I love this football club. When you play for Arsenal you need to go into every competition trying to win it.