It was great watching Arsenal last night in Sevilla, especially the way they came out with confidence and skill to try and over-run the Spaniards straight from the kick off. It certainly settled our nerves when Gabrial Martinelli gave us a lovely finish to put us in front, and when Jesus finally doubled our lead it looked like the crucial 3 points were as good as ours.
But once Sevilla pulled one back from a corner, suddenly they came alive and put the pressure on us heavily as they fought hard to save a point, but Arsenal threw everything into simply keeping the Spaniards away from our goal, but it also invited pressure as well, and when one of their shots was mis-punched by Raya and we had to watch it float just over the bar, we knew we had got lucky, and the Gunners legend Thierry Henry agrees completely.
He said on CBS Sports: “You have to give Arsenal a lot of credit for winning a game away from home in Europe, especially against Sevilla.
“I thought at the end we invited them a bit too much on our box, allowed them to cross too early. The wingers were playing as almost full-backs. We ended up playing a 6-3-1 at the end which is why they were crossing the ball in because no one was going to put pressure on to stop the crosses.”
“Raya got lucky, I think we all saw it when he punched the ball and everybody looked at it and the ball went over the crossbar. When you win away from home in Europe, it is always a good result, especially against a team like Sevilla.”
It certainly looks like Arteta intends to presevere with Raya, despite us expecting at least one dodgy mistake in every game lately, and last night’s error is bound to reignite the debate about Aaron Ramsdale yet again.
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