Manager Mikel Arteta wasn’t happy with the draw.
Arsenal lost 2-2 to Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of the round of 16 of the European Football Association (UEFA) Europa League (UEL) in the 2022-23 season held at Estadio José Alvalad in Lisbon, Portugal at 2:45 am (Korean time) on the 10th. recorded a draw.
Arsenal, who are aiming for the league title, want another trophy this season. As the club has never lifted a European trophy since its founding, we want to achieve that this season. He has been in good form throughout the season, so the chances are good. The American statistical media ‘Five Thirty Eight’ also rated Arsenal’s chances of winning UEL the highest.
All Arsenal need to do to take on both targets is to distribute the weight properly. In response, coach Arteta started some rotations. It was to prepare for the league game against Fulham on the weekend. Rhys Nelson, Matt Turner, Fabio Vieira and Jakub Kibior were included in the starting list. 더블유 토토
Although not in the first team, Arsenal were strong. Even though it was an away game, they dominated the game as a whole and took the lead with William Saliba’s opening goal in the 22nd minute of the first half. Sporting wasn’t easy either. Thanks to the counterattacks of Marcus Edwards, Paulinho and Pedro Gonsalves, he created several threatening scenes. It also bore fruit. In the 34th minute of the first half, Gonzalo Inacio scored the equalizer, and in the 10th minute of the second half, Paulinho succeeded in turning the tables.
Arsenal, who allowed a turnaround, drove even harder. In the 17th minute of the second half, the opponent’s own goal came out and the score was 2-2. A balanced situation. Neither team could be satisfied with a draw. Starting with Arsenal, both teams actively used replacement cards to seek change. At the end of the game, Arsenal led the game, but no additional goals were scored. So the match ended 2-2.
We didn’t win, but it wasn’t a bad result. Arsenal had the advantage as the second leg was played at home. But Arteta was not satisfied. He expressed his disappointment at the post-match press conference. “When you concede two goals in a bad form like today, it’s hard to make a positive result. We gave the ball too easily and we kept giving them hope. Today we weren’t a threat enough. We need to defend well.”