ARSENAL return to Champions League action TONIGHT after losing their last two games in all competitions.
The Gunners now face Sevilla with the Spanish side looking to make it three defeats in a row.
It will also be Mikel Arteta‘s first match since his outburst slamming the Premier League officials after the defeat to Newcastle.
The Spaniard will be hoping no controversial decisions go against him at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
The last time the two sides faced off, the Gunners came out on top.
The North London side put in a solid performance as they took a 2-0 lead through Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus.
However, the match took a turn as Sevilla managed to get themselves back into the contest through Nemanja Gudelj.
Arteta’s side were able to hold out as they stayed at the top of Group B.
Since beating Sevilla, Arsenal have had a mixed set of results and will be aiming to return to winning ways.
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Sevilla, on the other hand, have struggled in LaLiga as they currently sit 15th.
The two clubs will be watching the other group fixture closely as Lens could jump to top spot if they better Arsenal’s result.
A win for PSV, however, could see Sevilla drop to the bottom of the group and put their chances of qualifying for the Europa League at risk.
Should Arsenal win, then they could seal qualification to the round of 16, however, Lens would also need to stop PSV from winning.
What is their form like?
The Gunners have also won once and lost once in the Premier League.
However, last time out they lost to Newcastle due to a solo goal from Anthony Gordon.
Sevilla, like Arsenal, have only won once in their last three games.
The club has drawn both LaLiga games as they failed to beat Cadiz and Celta Viga.
However, the club did pick up a 3-0 win in the Copa del Rey as they thumped CD Quintanar.
What is the team news?
The one recent piece of positivity for Mikel Arteta in the last week is not picking too many fresh injury concerns.
While Martin Odegaard is a doubt after missing out on the Newcastle defeat with a hip problem.
Elsewhere, Sevilla boss Diego Alonso will be sweating over the fitness of defending veteran Sergio Ramos and Marcao who both were unavailable on the weekend due to muscle injuries.
Who will be the star men?
The winger has already scored one and assisted two in his three appearances in European competition.
Saka has also been in good form in the Premier League, having netted four goals.
The England international will be integral to the North London side’s hopes in the competition.
For Sevilla, the hopes of picking up a win against Arsenal could be in the hands of striker Youssef En-Nesyri.
The Moroccan has already got one goal in the Champions League and will be keen to add to his tally this season.
En-Nesyri has already proved that he can perform against English sides, having impressed against Manchester United in the Europa League last season.
What have the managers said?
Mikel Arteta is keen for his players to use the defeat against Newcastle to galvanise themselves for the match against Sevilla.
He said: “Yes, especially the performance of the team, and watching back, the two games that we watched last year when we won 2-0 and the one that we lost 1-0.
“we were much better three days ago than we were a year ago, much better and we deserved more in that game, but that’s the beauty of this game.
“So we have to build a lot of things that we did right against Newcastle, improve certain things especially in the final third, to be more of a threat, but for the rest, the way the team played, the way we competed, it was extraordinary.”
Sevilla boss Diego Alonso has earmarked the fixture against Arsenal as an “important” match and is planning to use his best team available.
He said: “We need a result to continue to have a chance in the group.
“It will be an important game for us and we will try to put out our strongest eleven to win the game.“
Arsenal will bounce back to winning ways.
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When is Arsenal vs Sevilla?
- Arsenal’s huge Champions League encounter against Sevilla will take place TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 8.
- It is scheduled to get underway at 8pm GMT.
- Emirates Stadium is the allocated arena for this tasty match and it can host around 60,704 roaring fans.
- Goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus inspired the Gunners to a 2-1 win when the sides met last month.
What TV channel is it on and can it be live streamed?
- Arsenal vs Sevilla will be broadcast LIVE on TNT Sports 2 in the UK.
- Coverage is expected to commence from 7pm GMT – a whole hour before kick-off.
- Fans also have the option to stream the action through Discovery+
- Alternatively, follow SunSport’s live blog for minute-by-minute coverage of the entire match.
What are the latest odds?
- Arsenal to win 2/7
- Draw 4/1
- Sevilla 15/2
*Odds courtesy of Betfred are correct at time of publication
Arsenal must put disappointment behind them
Mikel Arteta made no attempt to hide his content for VAR and the officials on Saturday.
The Spanish manager felt his side were dealt a cruel blow with a shocking decision being made to allow Anthony Gordon’s goal.
Now is the time to move on from this, get on with the task at hand, and do away with the bitterness of their first taste of defeat in the league this season.
Fate in the hands of Arteta’s side
Anything but a win for Sevilla this evening will see their chances of qualifying from the group get even slimmer.
For The Gunners, victory would see them confirm their place in the latter stages of the competition if other results go their way.
While the aim last season was to get back into the Champions League, this season, the bare minimum must be still remaining in tournament in the New Year.
Gunners needing win to heal woes
After Mikel Arteta’s meltdown in the post-match interview at St James’ Park, Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways this evening.
Questions have been asked of the North London outfit as they failed to offer much in the final third against a dogged Newcastle side.
With this game being at The Emirates, the Spaniard will be no doubt expecting nothing less than a comfortable win this evening.
Welcome to Arsenal vs Sevilla
Fresh from their first defeat of the season in the Premier League, Arsenal welcome Sevilla to The Emirates looking to secure their safe passage into the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Martin Odegaard has missed the last couple of matches due to a hip problem, it remains to be seen if he will be available for the game this evening.
Thomas Partey, Emile Smith-Rowe and Jurrien Timber will all definitely be unavailable for this one as they continue recovering from long-term injuries.
It is thought that Gabriel Jesus will be fit enough for the bench, while Eddie Nketiah is doubtful after missing training yesterday due to a knock.
Fabio Viera, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Leandro Trossard are all hoping to force their way into contention for this game.
For Sevilla, they had to do without both Sergio Ramos and Fernando on the weekend although the latter is expected to play some part in this game.
Ramos has not even travelled with the squad to London as he is not fit.
Alonso is also without Alfonso Pastor, Marcao, Marcus Acuna and Orjan Nyland as the quartet have been ruled out through injury also.
Youssef En-Nesyri is expected to start this evening after he came off the bench on the weekend and got the equaliser against Celta Vigo.
Dodi Lukebakio is hoping to force his way into contention also, most likely at the expense of Oliver Torres.