Having a look at tonight’s opponents
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will travel to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Spain tonight to face off against the reigning Europa League Champions, Sevilla, in our 3rd game of the Champions League group stages. Arsenal lost their last game to Lens 2-1 and sit 2nd in the group table.
Sevilla have drawn their last two matches in the Champions League, drawing 1-1 Lens and 2-2 with PSV. They currently sit 13th in La Liga and have had a pretty shaky start to the season but only two weeks ago the club decided to make the switch and hired new manager Diego Alonso and they looked to have since improved.
Alonso had this to say about Tuesday’s match “Having not won in the two opening games of the competition, we need a win. Tomorrow we have that opportunity and we are ready for it. We’ll have to work our socks off for the whole 90 minutes. We’re facing a great team, but we’re ready.” And “We are fully focussed on tomorrow’s game ,on tomorrow’s game only. We will do our best to claim the three points. We are going to play as if it were a final”.
Holding Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw on the weekend and put on an impressive performance, going toe to toe with one of Spain’s most successful teams is always going to be a tough task but Sevilla and their new manager handled it well and walked away with a surprise point. Drawing both of their last Champions League games will be used as motivation for Tuesday and if they look to progress into the next round, they will need to get a win on Tuesday night.
Sevilla have a rich history and plenty of experience when it comes to European nights, having only lost 10 home matches against English sides in their history. They will look to call on experience and hard work to try get the job done against Arsenal.
37-year-old Sergio Ramos, the long-time Real Madrid star, recently signed for his boyhood club on a free transfer this summer and has hit the ground running since arriving. He looks to be a big threat to Arsenal and was brought in to strengthen their structure and will probably be their key player for Tuesday’s match.
A big game for both side’s and will be an exciting game to watch. Hopefully our Arsenal lads can get the job done and bring back all three points home to London.
What’s your thoughts Gooners?