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Arteta Sticks With Winning Formula For Porto Trip

Leandro Trossard leads what has been a free-flowing attack of late with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli nominally starting to the left and right of the Belgian.


Arteta Sticks With Winning Formula For Porto Trip
FILE PHOTO: Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta celebrates on the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 26, 2021. Arsenal won the game 3-1. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta kept faith with the team that thrashed Burnley 5-0 at the weekend for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg at FC Porto.

Leandro Trossard leads what has been a free-flowing attack of late with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli nominally starting to the left and right of the Belgian.

Jakub Kiwior continues to fill in for Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back as the Ukrainian recovers from a calf problem. Gabriel Jesus is still out with a knee injury.

Wendell returns from a domestic ban to start on the left side of Porto’s defence with Nigeria international Zaidu Sanusi sidelined by a knee injury picked up last weekend.

Arsenal are playing their first Champions League knockout tie for seven years. They last made it to the quarter-finals back in 2010.

 

Starting line-ups:

FC Porto (4-2-3-1)

Diogo Costa; Joao Mario, Otavio, Pepe (capt), Wendell; Nico Gonzalez, Alan Varela; Francisco Conceicao, Pepe, Galeno; Evanilson

Coach: Sergio Conceicao (POR)

 

Arsenal (4-3-3)

David Raya; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel, Jakub Kiwior; Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard (capt), Kai Havertz; Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard

Coach: Mikel Arteta (ESP)

 

Referee: Serdar Gozubuyuk (NED)