Reasons why Arsenal failed to beat Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery with Shkodran Mustafi during a training session at London Colney

Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery issues instructions to Shkodran Mustafi during an Arsenal training session last week Credit Getty Images

The only blemish on a great opening half from the Gunners, apart from a lack of goals, was an injury to Danny Welbeck which saw him go off after half an hour.

And Nani sent a message to his former team-mate on Twitter afterwards, wishing him all the best with his recovery.

Arsenal struggled to get into top gear against Sporting, but they did have decent chances to snatch a win that would have guaranteed a top spot in the group.

The Gunners dominated the game for long spell but were held to a 0-0 draw by the visitors who put up a disciplined performance at the back. His injury also affected the mentality of the players as they could see it was a big injury.

Chelsea made it four wins from four matches in Group L by edging out a spirited BATE Borisov 1-0 in Belarus. That they maintained an unbeaten run extending it to 15 games now is also commendable.

"He tells you exactly what he wants you to do, but gives you freedom to expose your talent".

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However, they have not lost since, are fifth in the Premier League, have won all three of their Europa League games and are into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Welbeck was taken to hospital during the second half of the game for an x-ray.

Rangers are now level on points with Spartak in an incredibly tight Group G, one point behind leaders Villarreal after the Spaniards´ goalless draw with Rapid Vienna in Austria.

The 6-foot winger has been a revelation since leaving Angers for Lille in 2017, scoring 14 goals in all competitions last season before playing a starring role this term.

Arsenal have officially qualified for the last-32 of the Europa League.

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