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Arsenal vs. Sporting CP - Football Match Report

09 November 2018

Unai Emery has made wholesale changes to the side that drew against Liverpool as Arsenal prepare to take on Sporting Lisbon in a UEFA Europa League tie.

Aubameyang was named among the substitutes at the Emirates Stadium but was introduced after just 30 minutes following a serious injury suffered by Danny Welbeck .

Arsenal have officially qualified for the last-32 of the Europa League.

The Gunners were beaten 2-0 at home by champions Manchester City in their opening competitive game under the Spaniard before losing 3-2 at Chelsea in their second match.

Sokratis started the match- as the Islington Gazette revealed three hours before the game after speaking with a well-placed source.

"He was working well and he was having a good match", said Emery.

The Swiss veteran joins Mohamed Elneny and Konstantinos Mavropanos on the treatment table while Laurent Koscielny and Emile Smith Rowe are also doubtful.

"This could be a break of something in the ankle", stated Emery.

England manager Gareth Southgate included Welbeck in his squad earlier in the day for an upcoming friendly against the United States and a Nations League tie against Croatia days later.

It was the hosts that took the game to their opponents, and they were lucky to still be on level terms before half-time.

Matteo Guendouzi is available once more after his one-match suspension, while Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will compete for a spot on the right flank.

Stephan Lichtsteiner played the ball into the 27-year-old in a crowded box.

The attacker required an oxygen mask as he was treated on the pitch, with a leg brace also in place after landing awkwardly on his ankle while trying to attack a header from his Swiss colleagues' centre.

Keown said: "He is the closest thing to Thierry Henry that I have seen since he left the club, he really is that good".

The Gunners won their first three group games, but were held to a 0-0 draw by Sporting Lisbon last night at the Emirates.

Arsenal vs. Sporting CP - Football Match Report