Henrikh Mkhitaryan battles for the ball during Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Sporting
Struggles for the ball Through ’s 0-0 draw with Sporting

booked their place to spare following a goalless draw against Sporting Lisbon in the Emirates on Thursday afternoon\.

The night could largely be remembered though due to a serious ankle injury sustained from which observed him stretchered from the field throughout the first half.

His replacement, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang struck in the second half as the Gunners came \to a winner since Sporting, who’d Jeremy Mathieu held on for a point.

The draw was enough to see Unai Emery’s side, that extended his unbeaten run to 15 matches, through the previous 32 because of Qarabag’s 1-0 win at Vorskla but they might have to wait till their next match – a visit to Vorskla around November 29 – to get the opportunity to seal top spot in Group E.

Player ratings

: Cech (6 ) ), Lichtsteiner (7), Sokratis (6 ) ), Holding (6), Jenkinson (6), Guendouzi (7 ) ), Ramsey (5), Mkhtiaryan (6), Smith Rowe (6), Iwobi (6 ) ), Welbeck (6 ) ).

Subs: Aubameyang (6), Kolasinac (6), Maitland-Niles (6).

Sporting Lisbon: Ribeiro (7), Gaspar (6 ) ), Coates (7), Mathieu (6), Acuna (7), Nani (7 ) ), Miguel Luis (6), Gudelj (6), Bruno Fernandes (7), Montero (6 ) ), Diaby (7 ) ).

Subs: Dost (6), Cabral (n/a), Petrovic (n/a).

Man of the match: Sebastain Coates

After a relatively quiet start in north London, the game burst into life when Matteo Guendouzi cross was nearly turned into his own net by Mathieu, but together with all the ball hooked the ball\.

When Welbeck fell after going up for a header against Bruno Gaspar, were subsequently dealt a huge setback\. The 27-year-old, that has had his share of terrible luck with injuries through time, was stretchered from the field.

Danny Welbeck was stretchered off during the first half
was stretchered off during the first half

Aubameyang who broke the deadlock minutes getting across his guy to fulfill the low cross of substituted welbeck but the striker’s shot clipped the top of the crossbar.

Sporting threatened the target but they served up a reminder beyond Aaron Ramsey as former winger Nani burst and into the Gunners’ half. He pulled the ball back from the byline in search of Fredy Montero but Petr Cech browse the pass, diving off his line to collect ahead of the striker.

Carl Jenkinson in action against Sporting
Carl Jenkinson in activity against Sporting

suffered a further injury setback if Stephan Lichtsteiner pulled up with a hamstring injury and Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaced him with 17 minutes remaining.

The Gunners pushed for a winner but the game continued with no actual odds of note, Mkhitaryan stabbing an
Alex Iwobi cross towards goal before Aubameyang saw an attempt .

team news

Unai Emery made nine changes from the side which drew 1-1 with . Rob Holding and have been the 2 players to maintain their positions\.

Meanwhile, Petr Cech returned in goal, Sokratis returned in defence, Aaron Ramsey started in central midfield alongside Matteo Guendouzi and led the line. pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shkodran Mustafi and Saed Kolasinac all dropped down into the subs bench.

Aubameyang thought he had a to win it but was fouled by Mathieu, who was shown a straight red card to its trip that was doubtful. Since Sporting maintained on, aubameyang fired the \within the crossbar.

Opta stats

  • failed to score just the second time below director Unai Emery, also drawing on a blank against Man City at the Spaniard’s first match in charge (0-2).
  • Sporting CP didn’t have a single shot on goal in either of their encounters with this season.
  • Excluding qualifiers, have kept three successive clean sheets from an competition for the first time since the 2007-08 group stages.
  • Sporting kept their first away clean sheet at the because September 2011 (2-0 vs FC Zurich), ending a streak of 18 games where they’d surrendered.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had twice as many shots as another player (4), however not one of them was on target.

The supervisors

Unai Emery:”It’s the worst thing tonight, this harm. It is clear that we are with Welbeck in these minutes.He was working well and he had been having a fantastic match. He had some chances too.His harm was using the mentality of those players. They found it was a huge injury. It can happen, Whenever you’re playing football, once you’re playing in matches. You don’t want it to happen but that is our livelihood\. He is at the hospital. The good thing is that we are going to wait but we think that it’s a serious injury.”


head trainer Unai Emery has verified was taken to hospital after suffering an
head coach Unai Emery has confirmed was taken to hospital after suffering an

Tiago Fernandes:”The players did exactly what I asked them to perform. In our game strategy we understand we needed to be strict and they had been perfect about that. We were aware of the competitor’s caliber but we, understanding our capacity and being creative and competitive with and without match, could try to surprise .”

Man of the Match – Sebastian Coates

Sebastian Coates vies for the ball with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Sebastian Coates vies for the ball using all Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

It proved for the Gunners and the former and Sunderland defender played a part.

He kept his side \once Mathieu redirected the cross towards his own goal line of Guendouzi.

He then set his body on the line through the second to generate an excellent block to deny Aubameyang and help his side\.

What is next?

are back in action on Sunday when they take on Wolves in the Emirates Stadium (4.30pm). Next up in the is a trip to Ukraine to take on Vorskla (November 29, 5.55pm).

Sporting come in national action on Sunday hosting Chaves from the Primeira Liga (8pm). The following match is a visit to Azerbaijan to confront Qarabag (November 29, 5.55pm).