Arsenal are seeking the quarterfinals after 14 years against Porto

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Arsenal are seeking the quarterfinals after 14 years against Porto

He Mikel Arteta’s Arsenalleader of the Premier since last Saturday, did not want, during his return to champion, Let their adventure come to an end and to qualify for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals on Friday, they need to bounce back tonight against Porto, who beat the Gunners 1-0 in the first leg at Do Dragao (1) . – 0).

It was undoubtedly a great moment for him Arsenal, which in the Premier only knows success in 2024: it has eight in a row. He is the highest scorer and least score. The Gunners lead the table on goal difference, after 1-1 at the interval Liverpool and Manchester Citywith 64 points like the ‘reds’, while the team Pep Guardiola He is 63.

But this Tuesday for Arsenal It is about reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in 14 years, since the 2009-10 season, when the Barcelona. The following season, 2010–11, Arsenal also lost in the round of 16 against Pep Guardiola’s Blaugrana, who eventually went on to win.

Arsenal-Porto

Emirates Stadium, 9:00 pm (MLC 2)

Arsenal: Drawing; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Jorginho, Rice; Then, Havertz and Trossard
coaches: Mikel Arteta
Oporto: Diogo Costa; Joao Mario, Pepe, Otavio, Wendell; Varela, N. González, Pepê; Conceição, Evanilson and Galen
coaches: Sergio Conceicao
Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

Arteta, coach of Arsenaladmitted on Monday that “it makes me want to jump on the field and play” and asked the Gunners fans for help: “I think the public impact of this match will be incredible. It has to be we want him to play every ball to us and we also need emotional control. It’s a great opportunity to experience one of these nights.”

He Arsenal can’t hope Gabriel Martinelli, injured against Sheffield United and he couldn’t practice yesterday. Definitely an unnecessary clearance of Martinelli In the 94th minute, the Brazilian also took advantage Wendy Galeano to score Porto’s winning goal in the first leg.

The truth is that Arsenal are invincible at the Emirates so far in the Champions League: at home the North London team won 4-0 against PSV Eindhoven, 2-0 against Sevilla and 6-0 against Lens. They always led at half-time, scoring 12 goals in total and none. Quite a letter of introduction.

Regarding the common starters, the only loss is that of the Martinelli. The Barcelonan David Raya will return to the goal after not playing against him Brentford because he is on loan to Arsenal from the said club (he acted Aaron Ramsdale). Although Gabriel Jesus has reappeared, everything indicates that the attacking triplet will be formed tonight Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz and Leandro Trossard.

Yesterday, the Gunners offered a guard of honor to their teammate Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has finally recovered from his injury. The Japanese full-back has not played for Arsenal since January 31.

Porto, as far as it can go

Meanwhile, the Porto by Sergio Conceiçao He reached the round of 16 in his best moment of the season, thanks to players like the former Barcelona player Nico González, Alan Varela and a Galen in a state of grace before the goal. He already has 5 goals in this Champions League, one less than the 6 of the ‘pichichis’ Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe or Harry Kane. The extreme has a large overflow Francisco Conceicaotechnician’s son Porto. who at the back trusts the experience of the former Madrid player Pepein shape at 41 years old and won 3 Champions League with him real Madrid.

In the Portuguese League, the Porto is 3rd, 7 points behind the leader, the Sports Lisbon. The ‘dragoes’ were European champions in 1986-87 and in 2003-04.

Source: La Verdad

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