UEL Round of 32 2nd Leg: Arsenal (1) v Benfica (1) | Thursday February 25 | KO: 17:55 UTC | BT Sport

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American_Gooner

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• The clubs have been paired just once previously in UEFA competition, Sven Göran Eriksson's Eagles getting the better of George Graham's Gunners in a 1991/92 European Cup second round tie with a 3-1 comeback victory in extra time in London after a 1-1 first-leg draw in Lisbon, Benfica striker Isaías scoring three times in the tie.

• Arsenal have won five of their seven previous home matches against visitors from Portugal, that loss to Benfica 30 years ago their only defeat. They have faced Portuguese sides in the each of their last two UEFA Europa League campaigns, drawing 0-0 at home to Sporting CP on Matchday 4 in 2018/19 and coming from behind twice to defeat Vitória SC 3-2 in London on Matchday 3 in 2019/20 thanks to a late Pepé double.

• This is just the third two-legged tie Arsenal have been involved in against Portuguese opponents. Having lost the first of them against Benfica, they won the second, 6-2 on aggregate against Porto in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League round of 16, with Nicklas Bendtner scoring a hat-trick in the second-leg 5-0 home win. That is the Gunners' most recent last-16 success in the UEFA Champions League, the seven ties since having all ended in defeat.

• The Lisbon club's record in two-legged ties against English opposition is W5 L7, with victories in the two most recent, both in the UEFA Europa League – against Newcastle United in the 2012/13 quarter-finals (3-1 h, 1-1 a) and Arsenal's local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the 2013/14 round of 16 (3-1 a, 2-2 h).

• Benfica have won just 11 of their 37 matches against English clubs (D7 L19), losing European finals to Manchester United (1968 European Cup, 1-4) and Chelsea (2013 UEFA Europa League, 1-2). Their 18 previous UEFA encounters in England, including that 1968 final at Wembley Stadium, have yielded just four wins – as opposed to 12 losses. Their most recent visit brought a 2-0 defeat by United at Old Trafford in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage.

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Thomas out; Holding to be assessed for a concussion

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AberGooner

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Think we get through. Most important game of the season and every game in the tournament from now on will be.
 

Rex Banter

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Arteta called it a final, wonder if he'll approach it like the City/Chelsea FA Cup ties since he has the away goal.

I hope he ignores the away goal. Saw a stat that we’ve not scored after 75 minutes all season.

If we sit back and try and park the bus and they scrub a lucky goal like Olympiakos did late on we’re going out.

Treat it as an unrelated game and try it win it on the night in the first half.
 

Sweet'n'Soulful

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I usually really fancy winning this cup but I’ve not got much faith at all this time. I obviously want us to progress but I want to see a really good performance more than anything, which will put us through barring ‘teta luck anyway.
 

Riou

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If we get to halftime in this game, with it still being 0-0 on the night...Arteta will be ****ting himself :lol:

Defeat on pens written all over it, imo.
 
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DanDare

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We'll win. No idea what Arteta was thinking with his squad selection but for this id go


Leno
Cedric - Holding - Gabriel - Tierney
Xhaka - Ceballos
Ödegaard - ESR - Pepe
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Saka needs a rest. Pepe can run in behind that back line easily.
 

American_Gooner

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We'll win. No idea what Arteta was thinking with his squad selection but for this id go


Leno
Cedric - Holding - Gabriel - Tierney
Xhaka - Ceballos
Ødegaard - ESR - Pepe
Lacazette
Saka needs a rest. Pepe can run in behind that back line easily.
Holding is in the concussion protocol, not sure he'll make it.
 

AberGooner

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I presume Arteta will go:

Leno
Bellerin Luiz Gabriel Tierney
Ceballos Xhaka
Saka Ödegaard Smith-Rowe
Aubameyang



 

Rex Banter

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If we come out the blocks fast we should be able to blow them away.

They looked so bang average but we played down to them and Auba missed a bunch of chances. Create those for him again and we should be fine.
 
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