Look, I love appreciate tolerate Eddie Nketiah as well as any of us, but it’s becoming more and more clear that the real solution to our woes at centre-forward is above his pay-grade, not to mention his ability. Yes, he put three past Sheffield United and passed on a chance at four, but all that really means is that 60% of his goals this season came against a side already inked in for relegation. Someday, he might prove his critics wrong. Until then, I say we saddle up and ride Trossard. Wait. That came out wrong…or did it? His goal against Sevilla should remind us of what he brings to the table—and why he’s superior to Nketiah in so many ways.
We waltzed to a comfortable over Sevilla through a nifty goal from a sumptuous pass from Jorginho to Saka who squared to Trossard to sidefoot home. Havertz had several chances denied by some last-gasp tackles but came away empty-handed. Bukayo Saka seemed to land awkwardly, injure his ankle, and have to come off in the 85th minute. It looked minor, but it’s definitely a nervous development even as the result puts us firmly in control of Group B. Let’s get to the poll to rate the lads!
Okay, so winning would quite guarantee us a chance at advancing from the group stage, but it would go a long way towards that goal. We currently sit top of Group B on six points with RC Lens on five and Sevilla on just two. Get ready for some advanced maths. Should we defeat Sevilla, we climb to nine points and leave Sevilla capable of only reaching eight points. If RC Lens can defeat PSV Eindhoven, the Dutch side face that same fate—and we advance. The only remaining question would concern whether we can win the group. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet, though. First, Sevilla.
Arsenal went to Spain and came away with all three points courtesy of Martinelli’s goal in first half stoppage time and Jesus’s just eight minutes after the restart. Jesus picked up a knock from a clumsy challenge and had to come off, but it didn’t look terribly serious. Sevilla were able to pull one back but couldn’t find the equaliser despite some decent chances and six minutes added time. Lens drew at home to PSV Eindhoven, leaving us alone atop Group. Let’s get to the poll to rate the lads!
Just…let it roll around in your mouth. Savour it. Run your tongue across your teeth. The Champions League. Inhale deeply through the nostrils. Hold it…hold it…hoooolllllld it. We’re back. After seven long years, we’re back where we want to be, and, I’m not embarrassed to say that it feels very, very good. We’ve wandered the hinterlands lo these many years, but, at long last, we’re back. What’s more, we’ve been given a draw decent enough to inspire dreams of advancing past the group stage. Yes, everything’s comin’ up Milhouse!