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Arsenal’s return to action so quickly after losing to Newcastle United in controversial circumstances could be a blessing in disguise as Mikel Arteta’s side can take out their frustrations on Sevilla.
To say the Gunners manager was far from happy after the events at St James’ Park is, to put it lightly, an understatement. His post-match press conference was something to behold as he did not hold back when speaking out about VAR’s decision to uphold Anthony Gordon’s goal.
“It’s not a goal for many reasons,” he said. “It’s not a goal, at least for more than one reason. It’s not a goal and there’s too much at stake here. We’ve put so much effort into it, it’s so hard to compete at this level and it’s an absolute shame. Once again, I’m ashamed that I’ve been playing in this country for over twenty years, and this is nowhere near the level to describe this as the best league in the world. I’m sorry.”
To be honest, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but the Spaniard can’t dwell on the result for too long as a big night awaits in the Champions League. After beating Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium two weeks ago, the way is clear for Arsenal to take a giant step towards securing qualification for the knockout round.
Back on home soil, the North London team should be confident of another win. But to complete the mission they will have to create many more chances than against Newcastle football.london which emphasizes how toothless they looked three days ago.
Admittedly, Arsenal are looking much more fluid in the Champions League this season. Perhaps a bit of a shame that we didn’t win by a bigger margin in Spain, let’s not forget the 4-0 thrashing of PSV Eindhoven on the first matchday, where the home side scored eighteen shots, eight of which were on target.
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Perhaps the key to a much improved attacking performance on Wednesday evening is the return of Martin Odegaard. The Arsenal captain missed the trip to St James’ Park as he was not deemed fit enough to even feature in the matchday squad football.london understands his injury is not considered too serious and the hope is that he will be fine for the visit of Sevilla.
Despite the Norwegian international not currently being at the peak of his powers in terms of form, he is the leader of this Gunners team and a very important player, so it would not be a surprise if he is recalled immediately, provided he can play the ‘ gets the all-clear’. of the club’s medical staff.
Assuming Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe remain sidelined, if Odegaard is fit to return and there are no further injury concerns from the match against Newcastle, Arteta will be able to keep all 21 senior players name those available for selection in the squad for Sevilla.
Although it is a European tie and the Spaniard may name a 23-man matchday squad, there could be room on the substitutes bench for at least two Arsenal youngsters and Arteta can choose from those on the club’s B-list. registered. must be submitted according to the guidelines by tonight (Tuesday evening) at 11:00 PM.
Reuell Walters, Amario Cozier-Duberry, Ethan Nwaneri and Myles Lewis-Skelly have all been tipped for a first-team breakthrough in the future and are in line for a Champions League debut against Sevilla. Whether any players will actually be called up remains to be seen, especially as they could see action in the UEFA Youth League earlier in the day.
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