Arsenal vs Sevilla: The Gunners seeking respite in the Champions League after back-to-back defeats

Saliba in action for Arsenal || Credit: Imago

FOOTBALL Arsenal vs Sevilla: The Gunners seeking respite in the Champions League after back-to-back defeats

Joel Omotto 12:30 - 08.11.2023

Arsenal will hope to get closer to sealing a place in the Champions League knockout round when they host Sevilla on the back of their bitter losses to West Ham and Newcastle

Arsenal will be glad to be back on home soil as they host Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Gunners head into the match off the back of two defeats on the road, against West Ham and Newcastle, and their only other previous defeat this season came when travelling to Lens earlier in their European campaign.

Mikel Arteta's side must put their anger at the Newcastle defeat behind them as they look to solidify their place at the top of Group B. Victory over Sevilla in Spain last time out was a big result for Arsenal, and one that leaves them on track for the knockout stages.

Sevilla know a win would propel them into the running for qualification, but time is running out for them to pick up their first victory of the group stage.

Team news

Arsenal remain without Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Emile Smith Rowe, while there is concern over Martin Odegaard's fitness. He missed the defeat to Newcastle due to injury and will be assessed ahead of Wednesday to decide whether he is ready to return.

Kai Havertz will likely be the man to make way in midfield should Odegaard be deemed fit, while Oleksandr Zinchenko may get the nod at left-back after Takehiro Tomiyasu started on Sunday.

Sevilla could be without Sergio Ramos in north London - the centre-back is a major doubt with a calf injury. Marcao and Alfonso Pastor are set to miss out too.

Youssef En-Nesyri will hope to lead the line for the visitors, having come off the bench over the weekend to equalise late on against Celta Vigo.

It turned into a nervy finale in Spain when these two sides met a fortnight ago, with Arsenal just about holding on.

While they will hope for a more comfortable night at home, the Gunners' recent struggles up front suggest they are unlikely to run away with this in a comprehensive fashion.

When and where to watch

The match will kick off at 11pm Kenyan time and will be live on SuperSport TV.

Predicted line-up

Arsenal predicted XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Vieira, Jorginho, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Martinelli

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