Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the season away at Lens in the Champions League and now face a tough trip to Sevilla in their next match.
Sevilla are known to be tough opponents at home in Europe and they have started their Champions League campaign with two draws so far this campaign.
A 1-1 draw at home to Lens was followed up by a 2-2 draw against PSv Eindhoven in the Champions League and Sevilla seem to be the draw specialists this season with 4 out of their last 6 games ending in a draw.
En Nesyri is a key player for Sevilla this season and the experienced Rakitic is always influential in midfield to keep Sevilla in possession of the ball. Experienced Navas is still roaming down the right and Sergio Ramos marshalls the defence.
Arsenal do though come into this match as odds on favourites to make it two wins out of three in the Champions League this season, but will have to be careful of the counter attacking play of Sevilla. Plus, Arsenal will need to learn from their previous game against Lens, that they can’t be complacent, otherwise at this Champions League level, they will get punished.
The Gunners come into this match in good spirits having beaten Champions Manchester City 1-0 at home with a late Martinelli goal and Arteta played a different type of game to the usual energetic Arsenal and it could well be the same against Sevilla as Arsenal will need to be wary of the experience in the Sevilla team.
Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli are fully fit now and they are massive players for Arsenal, as are the two centre backs Gabriel and William Saliba. With these top players in the first XI along with Declan Rice and Thomas Partey, Arsenal can enforce their style of play on the Spanish side and look to dominate possession.
Arsenal will not want to lose here and give momentum in the Group to Sevilla, Lens or PSV, so they may look to manage the game and then look to secure wins at home to Sevila and Lens to give them 9 points and pretty much secure a place in the knockout stages.
It promises to be a tough test for Arsenal against the draw specialists and it may well be honours even come the end of the 90 minutes.
Handicap Match Betting
|Sevilla to win||10/3 888Sport|
|Arsenal to win||⅚ William Hill|
Draw specialists Sevilla will be looking to grab all 3 points and make home advantage count against an Arsenal side who tasted defeat last time out in the Champions League.
After taking the lead in Lens, Arsenal took their foot off the peddle and allowed the French side back into the game and with poor defending, the French side took advantage.
This time around, Arsenal will look to control the game better and with Partey back in the squad, he can ensure Arsenal defend better.
With Arsenal knowing a draw is a positive result for them and Sevilla being draw specialists, our punters.pub bet of the day is Sevilla v Arsenal to be a draw at 13/5 with Bet365.