On the night of November 8, 2023, Arsenal FC hosted Sevilla FC at the Emirates Stadium in a UEFA Champions League Group B match. The Gunners, coming off two consecutive losses, were under pressure to perform. And perform they did, with a commanding 2-0 victory.
The first goal came from Leandro Trossard in the 29th minute. Trossard, who had been set up by a low cross from Bukayo Saka, swept the ball into the net, marking the beginning of Arsenal’s dominance.
Saka himself added the second goal in the 64th minute⁵. After receiving a pass from Gabriel Martinelli, Saka showed composure in front of the goal and scored. This goal put Arsenal one step closer to the Champions League knockout stages.
Trossard and Saka were the standout performers for Arsenal, with each scoring a goal¹. Other notable performances came from Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Martinelli. On the Sevilla side, Mariano Diaz was the only player to have a shot on goal.
Despite the victory, there was a cause for concern. Saka, who had been instrumental in the win, had to be replaced by Jakub Kiwior in the 84th minute due to an injury. The extent of the injury is not yet known.
Arsenal dominated the match with 60% possession and 11 shots, 3 of which were on target. Sevilla, on the other hand, managed only one shot throughout the match. Arsenal also had 4 corner kicks compared to Sevilla’s 1.
With this win, Arsenal maintains their four-point lead at the top of Group B. Their next Champions League fixtures are against RC Lens at home and PSV Eindhoven away. Sevilla will be looking to bounce back in their next LaLiga match against Real Betis.
In conclusion, it was a night of mixed emotions for Arsenal. While the victory brought joy, Saka’s injury was a cause for concern. As the Gunners look ahead to their upcoming fixtures, they will be hoping for a quick recovery for their star player.