Good evening and welcome to our live build-up, coverage, and reaction to the highly anticipated Europa League match between Arsenal and Sporting CP at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal, fresh off a challenging trip to Portugal, face a must-win situation as they take on Sporting CP in north London. Their hopes of progressing to the last eight of the Europa League hinge on a victory in this fixture.
Mikel Arteta, the Gunners’ manager, is contemplating including Gabriel Jesus in the starting lineup for the first time since the World Cup. After recovering from knee surgery, the Brazilian striker appeared sharp in his substitute appearance against Fulham.
Arteta may also consider rotating other players, including Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney, Jorginho, and Emile Smith Rowe. However, given the 2-2 draw in Lisbon, it’s unlikely that the Spaniard will make significant changes to his team.
Arteta understands the significance of momentum in the Europa League and will be eager to progress to the next stage of the tournament. Despite the fans’ preoccupation with the Premier League title race, Arteta is determined not to let his team exit the competition at this juncture.
Stay tuned as Kaya Kaynak and Tom Canton bring you all the latest updates on the Gunners’ bid to further their Europa League ambitions.
Unfortunately, it was a disappointing night for Arsenal, but the bright spot was Gabriel Jesus, who looked impressive in his first start in four months. Granit Xhaka also put in a solid performance. Although it was an evening to forget for Martinelli, none of the players had a terrible game.