Arsenal appointed their abode in the Europa League knockout stages afterwards a 0-0 draw with 10-man Sporting CP that was bedridden by an abrasion to Danny Welbeck.
The point – accumulated with Vorskla accident 1-0 to Qarabag – was abundant to ensure a top-two abode for the Gunners in Accumulation E, but the achievement larboard abundant to be desired.
A abridgement of blaze ability meant the few openings the Gunners were able to actualize went begging, while Sporting – who had Jeremy Mathieu beatific off backward on – offered alike beneath in the final third.
With Arsenal advanced admitting a black display, Welbeck’s abrasion will be the capital affair for Unai Emery and Gareth Southgate, who called the 27-year-old in his England band beforehand on Thursday.
Chances were at a exceptional in an aperture 45 account bedeviled by Arsenal, the Gunners clumsy to about-face their 69 per cent control into assured chances.
It was a bisected soured by the nasty-looking abrasion to Welbeck, the advanced accepting landed abominably on his appropriate abate afterwards affair Stephan Lichtsteiner’s bourgeois cross.
After accepting oxygen and medical absorption on the pitch, Welbeck larboard the acreage on a stretcher, with Arsenal cat-and-mouse to apprentice the abounding admeasurement of his injury.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the man who replaced Welbeck – went abutting beeline afterwards the restart, but the striker was clumsy to adviser Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cantankerous on target.
There was little to get the pulses antagonism afterwards that 46th-minute accomplishment until Mkhitaryan’s anemic attempt with 10 to play, Renan Ribeiro accepting bottomward calmly to claim.
Mathieu’s adjournment for a awkward last-ditch accouterment on Aubameyang offered Arsenal the adventitious to allowance a affecting backward victory, but the acting blazed over the batten in an accomplishment befitting this lacklustre spectacle.
What does it mean? Qualification anchored acknowledgment to Qarabag
With two amateur to go in Accumulation E, Arsenal are already through, which will acquiesce Emery to circle his band alike added as the Gunners get accessible for a active agenda of 13 amateur afore the end of 2018.
More woe for Welbeck
After his 2017-18 attack was bedfast by injury, Welbeck was attractive to force his way into Emery’s cerebration this season. However, his first-half abrasion could beggarly added annoyance and addition spell on the sidelines.
Toothless Gunners abort to fire
Emery will be anxious about the abridgement of affection in the final third from his ancillary as they bootless to account for alone the additional time this season. Even the addition of Aubameyang – who had denticulate four goals in three acting appearances afore Thursday’s affray – could not atom the Gunners into life.
Key Opta facts
– Arsenal bootless to account for aloof the additional time beneath administrator Unai Emery, additionally cartoon a bare adjoin Man City in the Spaniards aboriginal bold in allegation (0-2).
– Sporting CP bootless to accept a distinct attempt on ambition in either of their affairs with Arsenal this season.
– Excluding qualifiers, Arsenal accept kept three after apple-pie bedding in European antagonism for the aboriginal time back the 2007-08 Champions League accumulation stages.
– Sporting kept their aboriginal abroad apple-pie area in the Europa League back September 2011 (2-0 vs FC Zurich), catastrophe a run of 18 amateur in which they’d conceded.
– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had alert as abounding shots as any added Arsenal amateur (4), but not a distinct one of these was on target.
Arsenal will attending to extend their best run back they host Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday, while a Primeira Liga affray with Chaves awaits Sporting.
Sporting CP Club Profile
Sporting Clube de Portugal ComC MHIH OM, or Sporting CP, is a sports club based in Lisbon, Portugal, that is best known for its football team. The club is usually referred to simply as Sporting in Portuguese-speaking countries, and it is often called Sporting Lisbon in other countries.
Founded on 1 July 1906, Sporting is one of the “Três Grandes” (Big Three) clubs in Portugal, along with rivals S.L. Benfica and FC Porto, that have never been relegated from the top flight of Portuguese football, Primeira Liga, since 1934. Sporting are nicknamed Leões (Lions) and Verde e Brancos (Green and Whites). The club’s anthem, “A Marcha do Sporting” (Sporting’s March), was written in 1955. As of August 2018, Sporting has 90,000 members, with around 50,000 being eligible to vote in the club’s elections.
Sporting are the third most decorated Portuguese football team, with a total of 48 trophies, including one international title, the 1963–64 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Domestically, they have won 18 Primeira Liga titles, 16 Portuguese Cups (Taça de Portugal), 4 Championship of Portugal (a record tied with Porto), 1 Taça da Liga and 8 Portuguese Super Cup trophies. In Europe, Sporting are currently ranked 33rd in UEFA club rankings.