Arsenal and Sevilla return to the Champions League to lock horns again in matchday 4 at the Emirates Stadium this mid-week.
Both sides had a disappointing weekend, as Arsenal’s unbeaten streak came to an end after a controversial VAR decision. Whereas Sevilla drew 1-1 against Celta Vigo in La Liga.
Arsenal handed Sevilla a 2-1 defeat on matchday 3, and a back-to-back win over the Spanish side could potentially secure their ticket to the knockouts.
Mikel Arteta was not happy after a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at the St James’ Park this weekend. “Disgrace”, “sick” and “embarrassed” were some of the words that Arteta used in a fiery post-game press conference.
A defeat means that the Gunners have now slipped to 4th place in the Premier League table. Nevertheless, Arsenal are still sitting at the top of their Champions League group with six points, one better off than Lens and four clear of both PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla.
A win at the Emirates will increase their chances of securing a place in the round of 16. However, if Lens beat PSV, that would ensure an early top-two finish for them.
Sevilla are still crumbling in the league, as they have drawn their last two games. A 2-2 draw against Cadiz and a 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo, but they did beat Quintanar 3-0 in the Copa del Rey.
Diego Alonso’s debut Champions League game was initially a pleasant affair, but Gabriel Jesus’ brilliant performance against them leaves them without a win in Europe this season.
In their last eight top-tier Champions League away games Sevilla have six draws and two losses. Their previous visit to the Emirates in 2007 ended in a comprehensive 3-0 defeat.
Arsenal team news
Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and Jurrien Timber are all out for this game. Arsenal’s squad is getting thinner day by day due to injuries.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira and Leandro Trossard could be back in the starting XI. While Kai Havertz and Eddie Nketiah are likely to be benched for this game.
Sevilla team news
Sergio Ramos and Fernando, both players, did not participate against Celta Vigo, and neither of them was able to train with the team on Sunday.
The duo could still be able to travel to North London. Backup goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic is available again following a finger sprain.
Youssef En-Nesyri is expected to lead the line after scoring a equaliser against Celta Vigo in the stoppage time.
Arsenal vs Sevilla: Predicted line-ups
Arsenal (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Vieira, Jorginho, Rice; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli
Sevilla (4-3-3): Nyland; Navas, Gudelj, Bade, Acuna; Rakitic, Soumare, Sow; Lukebakio, En-Nesyri, Ocampos
Arsenal 2-0 Sevilla
After losing back-to-back games against West Ham and Newcastle United, the Gunners will look to bounce back in this game. Martin Odegaard’s creativity will be missed, but Sevilla will also suffer without Sergio Ramos. Arteta’s men will look to secure a win against Sevilla, which may send them through to the knockout rounds.