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Sporting Lisbon 2-2 Arsenal: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, UEFA Europa League 10 Mar 2023

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Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal played out an entertaining 2-2 draw last night in their UEFA Europa League knockout tie.

While many degrade the competition, there are still 16 clubs ready to try and go all the way in the Europa League – and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Sporting and Arsenal are arguably two of the favourites to win the trophy and on Thursday, they put on a real clinic in Portugal.

Following the 2-2 result, we took a look at a few of the big takeaways we had from the result.

Defensive frailties

After initially taking the lead, Arsenal were undone by two goals from Sporting that could’ve, and probably should’ve, been avoided. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was the first man to call his team out for their shoddy defensive performance, with this marking the second straight game in which they’ve conceded two goals. If they really want that title, they need to sharpen up – and fast.

Sporting’s peak?

This isn’t the same Sporting Lisbon team that it was a few years back when they lost just one game in th league all season. Their fans know that, but even so, it’s still a talented squad that they have at their disposal. They really did put it all on the line in front of their home supporters but the big worry is that it may have served as the best they can do. When they head back to the Emirates, they’ll need to be gutsy.

Balancing act

Winning the Premier League title is the priority for Arsenal Football Club this season and that much is clear for everyone to see. With that being said, the Europa League is an honour they’ve been chasing down for quite some time now, and we don’t exactly think Arteta would mind going deep into the competition. It’s a tricky balance for him to get right, though, and it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with the continued pressure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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  • Luís Manuel

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    Dear editor, I would like to draw attention to a recurring confusion in English newspapers regarding the Sporting Clube de Portugal. The correct name of the club is “Sporting Clube de Portugal” and not “Sport Lisbon,” as it is often erroneously referred to. The term “Lisbon” is part of the complete name of our rival, “Sport Lisboa e Benfica,” and has no relation to the name of Sporting. This mistake has caused irritation among Sporting fans and can lead to confusion. I suggest that the newspapers correct this information and use the correct name of the club in their publications. Thank you for your attention

  • Luís Manuel

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    Dear editor, I would like to draw attention to a recurring confusion in English newspapers regarding the Sporting Clube de Portugal. The correct name of the club is “Sporting Clube de Portugal” and not “Sport Lisbon,” as it is often erroneously referred to. The term “Lisbon” is part of the complete name of our rival, “Sport Lisboa e Benfica,” and has no relation to the name of Sporting. This mistake has caused irritation among Sporting fans and can lead to confusion. I suggest that the newspapers correct this information and use the correct name of the club in their publications. Thank you for your attention

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