Arsenal v Sporting: Europa League – live!

08 November 2018 07:52
Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offEmail Paul or get in touch via Twitter @Paul_Doyle 7.52pm GMT Other interesting results so far today: Rangers lost 4-3 at Spartak Moscow despite leading three times. Steve Gerrad’s side didn’t even have a man sent off, for once. Elsewhere, Chelsea won 1-0 at Bate Borisov, Lazio beat Marseille 2-1 and Dynamo Kyiv tonked Rennes 3-1. 7.42pm GMT “A Portuguese born Londoner here,” announces Tiago Marques. “Sportinguista since childhood and adopted Arsenal early on during my upbringing. Very surreal experience to witness a match between the two teams I support! Would be lying if I said I hadn’t been waiting for this for years now. Regardless, I just hope it’s a cracker of a match! Win-win for me in the end.” Are you writing from the stadium? Are there many there like you? I’m guessing there must be at least a few. Enjoy! 7.22pm GMT Arsenal: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Holding, Jenkinson; Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi, Smith-Rowe; WelbeckSubs: Martinez, Mustafi, Kolisinac, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Nketiah, Aubameyang 6.58pm GMT Today’s plan, as far as Unai Emery is concerned, is for Arsenal to confirm their progression to the next round of the Europa League as group winners by beating their closest rivals, Sporting. Arsenal have already downed the Portuguese in Lisbon thanks to a goal by Danny Welbeck, so victory here would make them untouchable at the top of the group by dint of their superior head-to-head record. Then they could field even weaker lineups for their two remaining group games if they so wanted, though it would be a shame to fritter away an epic unbeaten record if it is still intact by then – they could stretch it to 15 matches today.Sporting are third in their domestic league but will be confident of advancing in this tournament even if they lose today. But a positive result here would do them a power of good in their bid to stay above Vorskla and Qarabag. Despite their staunch European pedigree, they have been historically weak in England – except, that is, in the north-east of the country, where, in the distant past, they have beaten Newcastle and Middlesbrough (they’re also knocked Sunderland out of the 1973 Cup Winners’ Cup despite losing at Roker Park) so maybe it’s about time they did a number on a team from the capital. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian