Arsenal 0-0 Sporting: Europa League – as it happened

The Guardian - Nov 08, 22:07 GMT

Arsenal reach the last 32 of the Europa League but Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner suffer injures 10.07pm GMT “It was [a frustrating game] because they defended well

Arsenal reach the last 32 of the Europa League but Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner suffer injures

“It was [a frustrating game] because they defended well. We created half-chances ... we played well at the back and didn’t really allow them any chances. But it took us a while to open them up. This is the kind of game where you need to score an opportunity but we didn’t. It’s disappointing to have dropped two points .... and mainly we lost two players today. Danny’s looks like a serious injury.”

He also pays tribute to Sporting: “It was down to them. They were organised and played very hard and they have very good players aswell. We lacked a little bit the killer pass.”

Arsenal have reached the next round of the Europa League and their unbeaten streak goes on but this was an otherwise frustrating day for them, as Sporting shut them out fairly comfortably. In fact, it was more than frustrating because Arsenal lost Danny Welbeck to what appeared to be a serious lower leg injury - the forward was in pain as he departed on a stretcher. They also lost Lichtsteiner to a suspected hamstring strain.

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