Arsenal draw with Sporting Lisbon / AFP
English Premier League leaders Arsenal had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 in Portugal this Thursday. London.
France international William Saliba (1-0, 22′) played José Alvarade in the Portuguese capital before the Lisbon team returned with Gonzalo Inacio (1-1, 35) and Paulinho (2-1, 55). led Arsenal in the stadium. Arsenal were able to avoid defeat with a goal (2-2) against Hidemasa Morita in the 62nd minute, when Granit Xhaka touched and balanced the Japanese player.
Mikel Arteta has decided to go through a rotation as Arsenal are immersed in the Premier League battle and make some changes to their regular eleven.
Sporting Lisbon are in fourth place in the Portuguese league and are far from contention for the title. He claims the Europa League has been ‘renewed’ after he finished third in the Champions League group and prevented them from advancing to the round of 16 of Europe’s top tournaments. .
The tie’s second leg takes place next Thursday at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.