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Arsenal 2-0 Sevilla: Saka and Trossard star as Gunners edge closer to last 16

Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard star for Arsenal as they beat Europa League champions Sevilla to get closer to the last 16.

Trossard started as number 9, with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah both injured. The Belgian opened the scoring in the 29th minute after Saka laid the ball off for him.

Saka doubled the Gunners’ lead in the 64th minute after Gabriel Martinelli’s pass, cutting inside and slotting home past goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.

However, the England forward hobbled off the field before the final whistle after facing some rough tackles form Sevilla players. But Saka did help his side to top Group B with nine points.

Both PSV and Lens have five points, whereas Sevilla is languishing in last place on two points.

Arsenal beat Sevilla 2-0 to reach one step closer to the round of 16

After back-to-back defeats to West Ham United and Newcastle United, this was a perfect chance for Mikel Arteta’s side to bounce back.

“A club like Arsenal can’t be losing three games in a row. The manager made that clear,” Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice said. “We’re close to the knockout stages, and once you get there it all starts again. That’s how you push on and stay focused.”

“I’m really happy with the performance from the team,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said.

“They showed aggression and commitment. Even when we lost the ball we were incredibly good to get it back. It’s hard in Europe to control it how we did.”

PSV’s 1-0 victory over Lens denied Arsenal the chance to clinch a place in the last 16 with two matches to spare. But Arteta’s men will qualify with a point from either of their final two group matches against Lens or PSV.

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