Arsenal vs. Sporting CP - Football Match Report

Unai Emery

Danny Welbeck scored the 77th-minute victor, which gave Arsenal sole possession of first place in Group E. The Gunners haven't lost in their last 14 matches and have found their form under manager Unai Emery, a three-time victor of the Europa League with Sevilla. "They are a big competitive team". First it's in your mind - you think for the player.

"He tells you exactly what he wants you to do, but gives you freedom to expose your talent".

"We are very happy with Reiss".

He deservedly received a call up to Gareth Southgate's England squad this afternoon but after what looks like a serious injury against Sporting CP tonight, it looks like he will be out for a long spell. He's helped us with his behaviour, with his quality and his capacity.

"We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and motivating him to get back".

A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area.

Some of his team-mates were also visibly affected by the incident.

But Arsenal could not take advantage as Aubameyang blasted the resulting free-kick well over the crossbar.

But when the match finishes, the first thing they did was ask for him.

"But when he had the injury we needed to play with a right-back which was the reason we played with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]".



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