SPO 2 VS 2 ARN: Talking points in the match as Arsenal struggle in European competition

Arteta and his men locked horns with Sporting in the first leg of the round of 16 games in the UEFA Europa League competition. The last time both teams met, the match ended in a 0-0 draw. Sporting lined up in a 4-4-2 formation while the Gunners started the game in a 3-4-3 formation.

 

Talking points in the match are:

1. POOR VIERA

The Portuguese International footballer had a slow start since making a move to the Emirates from Porto last summer.

The 22-year-old gradually improved in recent games but tonight he was far from his best as he lost possession of the ball and didn’t look confident whenever he had the ball. 

 

2. QUIET SAKA

The England international forward has been brilliant this season under Mikel Arteta as he has scored 11 goals and 9 assists across all competitions.

However, the youngster was kept quiet by the Sporting defenders as he struggled to pose any threat in attack. 

 

3. ARSENAL STRUGGLE IN EUROPE.

 

Arteta and his men have been victorious in their last four games in the Premier League. The Gunners have been tremendous domestically but could not produce such a performance in Europe as they were lucky to get a draw in tonight’s Europa League game.

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