Arsenal’s path to the Champions League knockout stages significantly advanced as Bukayo Saka played a pivotal role in their triumph against Sevilla. Saka not only orchestrated the opening goal for Leandro Trossard but also found the net too, securing a decisive 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. Despite his impactful performance, Saka unfortunately had to leave the game late on due to injury. This win places the Gunners on the verge of reaching the last 16 with a confident stride.
Mikel Arteta strategically positioned Trossard in the central striker role, a decision influenced by Eddie Nketiah’s absence due to injury, alongside Gabriel Jesus, who is also recovering. This adjustment marked the sole change from the team’s recent disputed loss against Newcastle on Saturday.
Four times Saka was fouled, by both Nemanja Gudelj and Kike Salas, but the referee did acknowledge those fouls. Kai Havertz, who hasn’t scored from open play since his £65 million transfer from Chelsea in the summer, missed an early headed opportunity. However, Arsenal clearly showcased their determination from the very beginning.
Saka faced a close encounter with Salas but didn’t get the penalty the hosts sought. Shortly after, the deadlock was broken, with Saka assisting Trossard, thanks to Jorginho’s well-crafted pass.
The first half lacked excitement, and Sevilla struggled without a win under coach Diego Alonso.
In the second half, Arsenal pressed for a second goal, with Havertz and Trossard missing opportunities, Saka, however, made a decisive impact, scoring after beating the offside trap. Despite the win, concerns arose as Saka limped off with an injury.
Arteta aimed to secure last-16 qualification early, and although PSV’s win complicates Group B, a draw in the next game could see Arsenal through.