Arsenal vs Sevilla: Odegaard out as Arteta bids to stop rot in Champions League tie – kickoff time, team news and how to follow
Arsenal will hope to return to winning ways when they visit of Sevilla in the Champions League this evening.
Mikel Arteta had already seen his side crash out of the Carabao Cup by losing 3-1 to West Ham and will be desperate for a victory.
Arsenal overcame Europa League holders Sevilla 2-1 two weeks ago and know another win would put them on the brink of qualification.
Arsenal vs Sevilla: Visitors record
The north Londoners may be confident from beating Sevilla already this season, but the Spaniards have a history of upsetting the odds.
Los Nervionenses’ superior record against English teams is well documented, with the club winning six of their eight knockout ties or finals against English opposition.
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But Diego Alonso’s side are just as comfortable on English soil as they are facing Premier League teams in neutral venues.
Sevilla have lost just one of their last five visits to these shores, beating both Manchester United and Wolves while holding Chelsea and Liverpool to draws.
Only Leicester City have managed to get the better of Sevilla in England since 2015.
During the Foxes’ only Champions League campaign, the now-Championship leaders beat Sevilla 2-0 after the visitors had a man sent off and missed a penalty.
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Arsenal can take comfort from the fact that they are one of just three teams to beat Sevilla in European competition on their home turf, running out 3-0 winners back in 2007.
- Arsenal have won just three of their 11 UEFA Champions League group stage games against Spanish sides (D2 L6). However, two of those victories have come in their three games against Sevilla, including a 3-0 home win in September 2007.
- Following their 2-1 victory at Sevilla on MD3, Arsenal are looking to win both UEFA Champions League group stage games against a fellow big five European league side for the fourth time, previously doing so in 2006-07 (against Hamburger SV), 2012-13 (against Montpellier) and 2013-14 (against Marseille).
- Sevilla are looking for their first away victory in the UEFA Champions League since December 2020 (3-1 v Rennes), having failed to win any of their last eight away trips in the competition (D6 L2).
Arsenal v Sevilla: What has been said?
Piers Morgan wants Arteta to bring Aaron Ramsdale back into the Arsenal team and axe David Raya.
“I still don’t get the [David] Raya thing in goal,” Morgan told talkSPORT.
“On the goal that should never have been allowed, he made yet another cock-up.
“Aaron Ramsdale is watching week after week. Is Raya showing anyone he is an upgrade from Ramsdale? I don’t think he is.
“I think unfortunately all the pressure was created entirely by Arteta, who said he was going to have two number ones.
“Nobody believed that when he said it, and it is clear he thinks Raya is his number one.
“I don’t think most Arsenal fans look at this situation still confident in our goalkeeper.
“So he [Mikel Arteta] has managed to destabilise the goalkeeper situation; he hasn’t bought a world-class striker, and I think these are big question marks on Arteta.
“If he really looked at last season when we choked the title and thought, how do we go and win the title?
“Getting Declan Rice was brilliant, but he did not get a striker, and he has cocked-up the goalkeeper thing.
“Personally, I would bring back Ramsdale with a point to prove. I think he is a better goalkeeper.
“I don’t care what fancy footwork Raya does; if he can’t stop goals, then I am afraid he should not be in goal.
“The primary function of a goalkeeper is to stop goals from being scored, not to play like Zinedine Zidane.”
- Arsenal won 4-0 in their first UEFA Champions League home game under Mikel Arteta (v PSV), while the Gunners haven’t lost at home in the group stage of the competition since September 2015 v Olympiakos, going unbeaten in the last six (W5 D1).
- Arsenal have only failed to score in one of their last 26 UEFA Champions League matches, a 2-0 home loss to Barcelona in the 2015-16 round of 16. They’ve scored in their last 20 group stage matches in the competition, and in their last 14 at the Emirates in the group stages.
- Sevilla have won just two of their last 17 matches in the UEFA Champions league (D8 L7), with both of those victories coming at home. They had been on a run of four wins in five games in the competition before this (L1).
Arsenal v Sevilla: Team news
Arsenal XI: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Saka, Jorginho, Rice, Trossard, Martinelli, Havertz.
Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, Kiwior, Cedric, Vieira, Nelson, Elneny, Zinchenko, Cozier-Duberry, Sagoe Jr.
Sevilla XI: Dmitrovic, Juanlu, Bade, Gudelj, Salas, Fernando, Jordan, Lamela, Sow, Pedrosa, En-Nesyri.
Subs: Alberto Flores, Gattoni, Ocampos, Suso, Rafa Mir, Rakitic, Lukebakio, Mariano Diaz, Nianzou, Navas, Torres, Soumare.
- Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in four of Arsenal’s seven goals so far in the UEFA Champions League this season (3 goals, 1 assist). He could become the first player to score in each of his first four appearances in the competition for the Gunners.
- Declan Rice has made 18 progressive carries of 10+ metres in the UEFA Champions League this season – the most of any Arsenal player. Indeed, through the opening three rounds of the current tournament, Manchester City’s Rodri (28) is the only midfielder who made more.
- Sevilla are the team with the oldest starting XI in terms of average age in the UEFA Champions League this season (30y 354d), with Juanlu Sánchez (20) being the only player aged under 23 to have appeared for them in the competition this term.
Piers Morgan slams David Raya and urges Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to bring in Aaron Ramsdale
Arsenal v Sevilla: talkSPORT coverage
This Champions League clash will take place on Wednesday, November 8.
Kick-off at the Emirates Stadium is set for 8pm.
The match will be broadcast on TNT Sports 2 with coverage starting at 7pm.
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