Arsenal at home had an easy 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the C1 Cup. This is also the second time in a row that the “Gunners” have won all 3 points from the Spanish representative.
This result helps Mikel Arteta and his team maintain first place in Group B after 4 matches with 9 points in hand. 4 points ahead of the 2nd ranked team, PSV.
In the upcoming match, Arsenal will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Champions League qualifying round if they defeat Lens at Emirates home field.
Returning to the main developments of the match against Sevilla, it seemed that Arsenal would face many difficulties. However, the stars of the London club with the names Declan Rice or Bukayo Saka had excellent performances.
However, as for defender Juanlu Sanchez on the away team, he will probably feel haunted by Gabriel Martinelli for a long time
Statistics from Fotmob show that the Brazilian star has had a total of 9 successful dribbles. Including 8 dribbles past Juanlu Sanchez. This is also the first time after 8 seasons in the C1 Cup that a player has been passed so many times in one match.
There was a tactical tweak from Sevilla at the break, with Juanlu moving a bit further up the pitch and Loic Bade being given more one-vs-one duties with the on-fire Martinelli.
In addition, Gabriel Martinelli had an impressive 90 minutes against Sevilla. Sofascore added that the Arsenal star contributed 1 assist, 2 key passes and 11 Duels won.
Although the visitors grew into the game possession-wise, they failed to make any penetrative passes or attempts to get En-Nesyri involved and were fittingly punished by Arsenal’s two flying wingers.
Martinelli beat the defender to the ball to play in Saka, who cut in on to that beautiful left foot to slot it past Marko Dmitrovic and made it two goal contributions on the night.
Juanlu, on a booking for nailing Martinelli, would have been the most relieved man in the stadium when the Arsenal star took to the bench after 81 minutes
The Lens loss aside, Arsenal have looked like Champions League veterans, when they are anything but. William Saliba, Declan Rice, Benjamin White, Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Martinelli are look very comfortable and the level of control and maturity from Arteta’s players is a sign that they can compete for the big prize, even if Manchester City are considered the big favorites to win it all.