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Aubameyang talks about huge win over Benfica 0

Posted on February 27, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal may have done it the hard way, but they did just about manage to edge past Benfica and confirm their spot in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16. Bukayo Saka was pinpointed as the leading man who got Mikel Arteta’s side over the finish line, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the one who was able to stick the ball in the back of the net on two separate occasions.

He spoke with the media after the game about the win and said how his nerves were doing knowing that Arsenal needed a goal if they wanted to avoid being dumped out of the competition.

Arteta reacts to dramatic win over Benfica 0

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Harry Kettle

In a game that seemed to go back and forth more times than we can count, Arsenal were able to overcome the odds and beat Benfica to progress into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. Aubameyang and Tierney got the goals with Bukayo Saka also putting in a great shift at the Emirates, and now, Arsenal can look ahead to a potential run deep into the competition.

After the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the victory and what it could end up meaning for the club this season.

Arteta shows excitement heading into Benfica showdown 0

Posted on February 25, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal face a really big test tonight as they lock horns with Benfica for a place in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16. Nobody is quite sure which direction this game is going to go, especially after the 1-1 draw in the first leg, but the Gunners should definitely be feeling confident about their chances of progressing into the next round.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows how important it could be for the club to make a run late in the competition, and he spoke about that and so much more with the media recently.

Arsenal vs Benfica – Preview 0

Posted on February 24, 2021 by Harry Kettle

After the first leg ended in a 1-1 stalemate, Arsenal are set to go to war with Benfica once again in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League tie this week. The Gunners know that things are on a knife-edge after they were unable to fully get the upperhand on their Portuguese opponents last week, but they should also know they’ve more than got enough in their locker to progress into the Round of 16.

Today, we’re going to give our thoughts on the contest and where we see Arsenal going from here in the competition.

Saka’s thoughts on Benfica draw 0

Posted on February 20, 2021 by Harry Kettle

While Arsenal never really seemed to be in full control of their UEFA Europa League game against Benfica, they definitely had moments in the game where they seemed to be at the races – and Bukayo Saka was at the heart of that. The youngster put in another solid performance, even getting a goal to show for his efforts that helped the Gunners leave Rome with a 1-1 draw.

After the game, Saka spoke with the media and appeared to be in a visibly frustrated mood – which isn’t hard to understand.

Arteta reflects on Benfica draw 0

Posted on February 19, 2021 by Harry Kettle

It was a night of frustration for manager Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, because while they didn’t lose to Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie, they were never really able to get out ahead of their Portuguese counterparts in what proved to be a bit of a stalemate.

The game is finely poised at 1-1 heading into the second leg with Arsenal still viewed as the slender favourites to progress, but you can bet Arteta had some mixed feelings as his attention now turns back to the Premier League.

Arteta looks ahead to Benfica showdown 0

Posted on February 18, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been on quite the rollercoaster ride this season in the Premier League, but now, it’s time to turn the attention back over to the rest of Europe as the Gunners begin their quest for knockout glory in the UEFA Europa League. Their first test since the resumption of the competition will be a Round of 32 tie against Portuguese giants Benfica, with the first leg taking place in Rome due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Prior to the game, Arteta spoke with the media as Arsenal’s European journey continues.

Venue for first leg of Benfica vs Arsenal confirmed 0

Posted on February 10, 2021 by Harry Kettle

The COVID-19 pandemic has already caused substantial damage and disruption within the lives of billions all across the world, and that trend looks set to continue for many months to come. The same can be said for football, and as we approach the return of European competitions, things are about to shaken up once again.

Arsenal are scheduled to go toe to toe with Benfica in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32, but due to restrictions in place all over the continent, playing games in the set venues is going to be difficult. Therefore, as confirmed by, the venue for the first leg has been officially moved.

Arsenal set to face Benfica in UEL Round of 32 0

Posted on December 15, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal will once again attempt to use the UEFA Europa League as a way to fight their way back into the UEFA Champions League this year. They’re tried and failed to win the competition over the course of the last few years, even reaching the final, but six wins out of six in the group stage is as good of a start as they could’ve hoped for.

Their next task will be to navigate past Portuguese giants Benfica in the Round of 32, who finished second in their group behind Rangers. They’re also in 2nd place in the Primeira Liga too with seven wins from nine games thus far.

Arsenal linked with a move for Spanish star 0

Posted on March 17, 2019 by David Nugent

According to Spanish Publication Sport, Arsenal are competing with Manchester City to sign Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo this summer. The 23-year-old has been in great form this season, scoring three times and producing seven assists in his 42 appearances for the Eagles this season. His form over the last few seasons has attracted interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Grimaldo has a good pedigree

Grimaldo is a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy and was just 15 when he made his debut for the Catalan giants B team back in 2011. Despite being highly-rated, Grimaldo struggled to get into Barcelona’s first team. In fact, he never made a senior La Liga appearance for Barcelona, as he was competing with Spanish full-back mainstay Jordi Alba for a starting spot at the Catalan club.

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