Arsenal beat Sporting with late Welbeck goal
Arsenal made it 11 wins in a row as they picked up a crucial three points away at Sporting thanks to Danny Welbeck’s late winner.
Sporting CP XI: Renan Ribeiro, André Pinto, Sebastián Coates, Marcos Acuña, Stefan Ristovski, Radosav Petrovic, Nemanja Gudelj, Rodrigo Battaglia, Fredy Montero, Bruno Fernandes, Nani.
Arsenal XI:Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Danny Welbeck, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Going into the game Arsenal were in an extremely strong position in the group as they had picked up high scoring wins over Vorskla and Qarabag, although Sporting away was always set to be the toughest game of the group stage for them.
The first half was largely uneventful, with Arsenal dominating possesison but failing to make a breakthrough. The main talking point was when Montero was brought down on the counter for Sporting but a foul was not given.
Arsenal finally made a breakthrough around 15 minutes from the end when a hopeful through found its way to Welbeck after a mishit clearance from Coates. The England international then raced through on goal and his powerful finish went through the legs of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
It would prove to be the last key contribution to the game as Arsenal held on to win 1-0.
The win means that Arsenal pull clear at the top of the group on 9 points with Sporting just behind them on 6 points. Elsewhere in the group, Vorskla pulled off a surprise win at Qarabag to put the Azerbaijanis bottom of the group on no points.
Arsenal’s next game is away at fellow London club Crystal Palace on Sunday at 2:30PM Egyptian time.
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