Goals from Leandro Trossard and Bukayo Saka saw Arsenal secure a 2-0 win over Sevilla that puts the Gunners on track to qualify top of Champions League Group B.
Here’s what the managers and players had to say after the game…
Mikel Arteta on the win…
I’m really pleased with the performance, and the determination, quality, aggression that we showed today, it was really pleasing to watch. It was a really convincing win, generating a lot and not conceding anything. It was a big step for us.
Sevilla coach Diego Alonso on the game…
Unfortunately, the game plan hasn’t worked out for us. We were overwhelmed. I cannot blame the players for not competing, they tried, we were far from the rival goal. I accept criticism and I’m self-critical as well. I understand people. I chose this starting XI because I understood that they were the best players to compete today. We are looking for a midfield with more energy, we have information on how the players were before the game. I also looked for fresh and young people on the flanks. We didn’t do what we wanted to do, making excuses is wrong.
1+1 – Bukayo Saka is the first @Arsenal player to score and assist in consecutive home games in the UEFA Champions League since Cesc Fàbregas against Sevilla and Slavia Prague in 2007-08. Heart. pic.twitter.com/fvdxGkicR8
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2023
Erik Lamela on Sevilla’s struggles…
It was complicated, that’s how we felt it on the field. They dominated us for almost the entire game. It was difficult for us to have possession and we were always far from the goal. They pressed very well. Personally I am frustrated, as are my teammates. We couldn’t do what we had in mind. They attacked very well and forced us to defend so much.
Mikel Arteta on Jorginho’s performance…
It’s a joy to have him. His influence on the rest of the squad and the rest of the boys is enormous. He fits in with the way that we want to play, he’s so intelligent. He understands everything so quickly and he makes everybody else better and I’m really happy with his performance tonight.
Gabriel Martinelli on his assist for Saka’s goal…
I told him that he’s going to have to pay me for dinner. I’m so happy with the win and his goal as well.
Sevilla had just a single attempt on goal this evening, the joint fewest shots #Arsenal have faced in a single Champions League or Europa League game on record (since 2003-04).
— Harvey Downes (@HarveyDownes92) November 8, 2023
Mikel Arteta on whether Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah could be fit for Saturday…
They are racing against the clock to be fit and they are trying their best and they tried to be here today with us. It wasn’t possible and now we have another 48 hours before we play Burnley. We will try again and we will see because we need players at the moment.
Declan Rice on his form for Arsenal…
I’ve just been taking it game by game. I know it might sound boring but I literally have. Every time I put on the shirt, I try to come and play and if I start well, I know I’m going to go on to have a good game. That’s the confidence I’ve got at the minute, whether I’m playing as a six, whether I’m playing as an eight, I want to do the best I can for the team. There’s so much more I can still add. It’s been a good start. And yeah, it’s going to be a long season ahead as well so I’m looking forward to it still.
Source: TNT Sports
Good night, Gunners! 🆑🙌 pic.twitter.com/HQEcNPPknv
— Leandro Trossard (@LTrossard) November 8, 2023