Arsenal Defeat Sevilla To Stay Atop UCL Group B


With a straightforward 2-0 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday, Arsenal got back on track and advanced far toward the Champions League knockout stages.

Arsenal’s momentum had been stopped by back-to-back losses in the League Cup and Premier League, but goals from Leandro Trossard and Bukayo Saka solidified their position as the top team in Group B.

Mikel Arteta’s team took the lead in the 29th minute thanks to a goal from Trossard, and halfway through the second half, Saka demonstrated Arsenal’s dominance with a brilliant effort.

Champions of the Europa League Sevilla’s chances of making it to the round of 16 were dwindling as they were terribly disappointing and only managed one shot on goal, which came with the final kick of the match.

With nine points from four games, Arsenal consolidated their lead atop Group B. Had Lens defeated PSV Eindhoven, but the French team lost 1-0, Arsenal would have qualified.

Sevilla, who are without a win, are bottom with two points, while Lens and PSV have five points.

A normal night was needed following Arsenal’s contentious Premier League loss to Newcastle United over the weekend, which led to an emotional Arteta outburst. Sevilla proved to be obedient opponents.

“We knew we had to get three points and we did it,” Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice said. “After the upset in the [League] cup last week and then at the weekend, the manager made it clear before the game a club like this can’t be losing three games in a row.”

The season has started badly for the Andalusian club, and the hiring of former Uruguay international Diego Alonso a month ago hasn’t done much to turn things around.

They had only triumphed once in his five games since replacing Jose Luis Mendilibar, in the Copa del Rey against the lowly Quintanar, and they never seemed to have a chance to pull off an unexpected win in north London.

From the first whistle, Arsenal dominated and were efficient rather than spectacular. Within two minutes, Kai Havertz had a chance to take the lead but missed with a header.

After Jorginho, the night’s captain in place of the injured Martin Odegaard, released Saka down the right, the hosts took the lead. Trossard scored his second Champions League goal of the season after Saka’s pass crossed the line.

After the break, Havertz came within a hair’s breadth of the goal twice, his first attempt narrowly missing the far post and his second deflected away.

After a brilliant move down the right, Saka raced on to a pass from Gabriel Martinelli and cut back inside to put a left-footed shot past visiting keeper Marko Dmitrovic, giving Arsenal breathing room.

Due to his minimal involvement in the game, Arsenal’s David Raya could have easily been given the night off. Mariano Diaz only required a save from him in the sixth minute of stoppage time.