Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Champions League as they ground out a 2-1 win over Sevilla off the back of some Gabriel Jesus magic.
A hostile environment and boggy conditions rendered it tough for the Gunners to get a foothold in the game, and it looked as if Arsenal would complete yet another half of dreary possession play.
That was until a sequence of genius from Gabriel Jesus ignited a glorious transition which started from a promising Sevilla attack. Jesus’ spin and pass allowed Gabriel Martinelli to burst through, and the Brazilian made no mistake after rounding Orjan Nyland on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors took full control when a sensational Gabriel Jesus rippled the back of the net, but Sevilla quickly got back into the contest with Nemanja Gudelj headed home from an Ivan Rakitic corner.
A tough game for Arsenal ensued with their breathing room quickly condensed, but some stellar box defending from the Gunners ensured David Raya’s goal was rarely threatened. As a result, Mikel Arteta’s men walked away from Seville with an imperative win in Group B.
Sevilla 1-2 Arsenal player ratings
Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their win over Sevilla.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
David Raya (GK) – 4.5/10 – Once again, Raya was calm when claiming the high ball, but there was a bad possession error which should’ve been punished in the first half.
Ben White (RB) – 6.5/10 – A cautious showing from White, who was sturdy defensively. The right-back rarely got forward to support Bukayo Saka.
William Saliba (CB) – 8/10 – Supremely confident. Saliba backed himself to recover every time Sevilla attempted to penetrate in behind, and the defender was rarely flustered. Box defending continues to improve.
Gabriel (CB) – 8/10 – Plenty was asked of him in the second half, and Gabriel responded by defending Raya’s box with the utmost grit and resilience.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) – 7.5/10 – Started positively and was stout throughout. Made an excellent recovery just before Arsenal took the lead to put off Youssef En-Nesyri, who streaked in behind the Gunners backline.
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