Time & Location
Mar 09, 12:45 PM EST
Dillon's, 955 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Welcome to the money end of the season. After 125 days, Arsenal's Europa League campaign resumes in Lisbon with the first of consecutive Thursday-Sunday match weeks. The Gunners and Sporting last met in UEL group stage play back in 2018, with the visitors eking out a 0-1 win at the Alvalade and playing to a scoreless draw at the Emirates. While the PL title race remains the focus, it's not in Mikel Arteta's nature to tank a competition. Expect a strong if partially rotated squad to take the pitch against last season's Portuguese runners-up. Make no mistake, this will be a tough tie, with the hosts only two seasons removed from a league title. The Lions currently sit 4th in their table, 5 points off a UCL play-off spot, and have W4 D1 in all competitions in their last five matches. Oh, did we mention they also have a fullback called Hector Bellerín? Sure, we could complain about the kick-off time, but we'd rather see it as the perfect excuse to join your fellow Gooners for an extended lunch. See you at the pub.
KEEP THE FAITH ✊