Sevilla’s biggest challenge in London

Even more difficult. After falling on the last day, precisely against the Gunners at the Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla is almost forced to make a defeat in London against the powerful and colorful team led by Mikel Arteta to keep alive their dream of getting past the group stage and be present in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

In addition to fulfilling its role, which it usually does well when it starts a priori as a victim, the Seville team will be very attentive to what happens in the other group B match that faces PSV Eindhoven, last in the standings tied with the Andalusian team, with the French Lens, second with three points more than the Spanish representative. The Nervión team appears at the Emirates with the notable absences of Nyland, Sergio Ramos and Acuña, all three injured, in addition to Januzaj and Marcao, not registered in the top continental competition.

«We had moments where we surpassed Arsenal in the pressure. We show that we are going to make it very difficult for them in their fiefdom as well. “We believe in ourselves.” The words of Serbian veteran Nemanja Gudelj summarize the feelings of the Sevillians, convinced that they can advance to the next phase despite not having managed to win any of the three games played to date. And if they do not achieve the objective of overcoming the initial sieve, the soldiers trained by the Uruguayan Diego Alonso must at least grow to be third and fall once again in the Europa League, their fetish competition and of which they are the current champions after working the last miracle with Mendilibar on his bench.

Notice to mariners

Arsenal are the undisputed favorites due to track record, budget, players and form, but they are right to be wary of a dangerous rival. He knows it and Arteta himself exposes it, who the day before issued a warning to sailors. «We are going to have to do many things well against a very good team with enormous experience in this competition. We have to show in front of our people how excited we are to play that game and what it means to us,” summarized the great Gipuzkoa coach, who lost Gabriel Jesús and Thomas Partey due to injury, and has doubts about the Norwegian Martin Odegaard.

Both contenders arrive with the desire to get even after the last day. Arsenal lost by the minimum in the fiefdom of Newcastle and is fourth in the Premier, tied at 24 points with Liverpool and three behind City, the leader. For its part, Sevilla is in a disturbing fifteenth position in the League and has just tied at Balaídos, where it could even have lost if it had not been for the controversial penalty committed by Jesús Navas that was first signaled and then corrected by referee Hernández Hernández at the behest of of the VAR.

Probable lineups

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Havertz, Jorginho, Rice, Saka, Martinelli y Trossard.

SevillaDmitrović, Jesus Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Pedrosa, Soumare, Sow, Rakitić, Lukebakio, En-Nesyri and Ocampos.

Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia).

Hour: 21:00 H. Arsenal Stadium.

TV: Movistar Champions League.

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