Arsenal take on the visitors Sporting in the second leg of UEFA Europa League 1/8-finals. The first leg result: 2-2. The match will be played on Thursday, February 16th at Emirates Stadium (London).
Arsenal have finally become the team they were supposed to be. Young players like Saka, Martinelli, and others have grown and sharply risen to the world level. As a result, they have already won 21 matches in the championship and are the main contenders for the championship in the best league in the world. After a slight decline in their game in early February and defeats to Man City and Everton, the Gunners have returned to their form, winning 5 games in a row. The English team's schedule is such that they must win as many matches as possible and progress to the next round of the Europa League. In their last match against Fulham, the young players showed a confident game by crushing the opponents in the first half. In positive news, Gabriel Jesus has returned and is likely to start in this match, and Trossard's injury turned out to be not serious, and he already gave 3 assists on Sunday.
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Sporting lack stability this season, which is very different from the example of the team's performance last season, where the lions easily passed their opponents in the Portuguese championship. However, despite this, Ruben Amorim's team has won 5 of their last six matches in all competitions, including a 4-0 victory over Midtjylland, which allowed them to progress to this round of the European Cup. In the championship, things are still difficult, and Sporting is unusual outside of the big three teams in Portugal, falling behind Braga by 5 points. In the weekend, the guests of this match also defeated their opponent - Boavista, confidently winning 3-0, although the lions stood out in the second half, unlike their English colleagues.
Despite the good form of the Portuguese team lately, including 5 consecutive away wins, and their last two victories were clean sheets, I lean towards the players from the misty Albion. Arteta's team currently looks like one of the best, if not the best team in the world, confidently dealing with teams below Sporting's level. Moreover, if the Gunners played to a draw with a semi-reserve team in the away game, then the Emirates Stadium has always been an impregnable fortress, especially in European competitions. There is also a possibility that the coaching staff will put out a more serious lineup than in the first meeting.
Prediction for the match: Arsenal to win and under 4.5 scored goals.