Arsenal football club made a long trip to Portugal where they faced Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League round of 16. The game came in just a few days after Mikel Arteta's boys produced another stunning comeback against Bournemouth to make sure they maintain their spot in the English Premier League table.
Arsenal was fantastic throughout the game, with Thomas Partey, Martinelli, and Nelson, able to deliver the moment to boost their hope of finishing top of the league table. The Gunners were no doubt the favorite to win the game, but there are a few mistakes Arteta made that led to the draw.
Benching his key players.
Mikel Arteta decided to keep Gabriel Meghalles and Thomas Partey out of the starting lineup. Both players are one of the most important members of the squad this season and their absence was felt as Sporting Lisbon attempted to beat the Gunners.
Secondly, Mike Arteta neglected Sporting Lisbon's attacking threat. The Gunners slowed down on their attack immediately after they scored the first goal and that alone gave the home side the morale and momentum to unleash their attack on Arsenal.
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