Mikel Arteta reveals he has an untouchable player he can never sub off after snubbing a player who was already on the touch line last night against Sevilla

Mikel Arteta reveals he has an untouchable player he can never sub off after snubbing a player who was already on the touch line last night against Sevilla

After turning away a player who was already on the touch line against Sevilla last night, Mikel Arteta believes he has an untouchable player he can never sub off. “I can’t bench him for you no matter how bad he plays, he will always start all matches for Arsenal except when he’s injured.”

After a thrilling triumph, Mikel Arteta’s snub pays off for Arsenal, who now have a new untouchable. Sevilla prevails.

In the Champions League match between Arsenal and Sevilla, Mikel Arteta particularly impressed Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with two performances.

Arsenal successfully reentered the Champions League with a narrow 2-1 victory over Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, providing Mikel Arteta with a significant boost in their qualification hopes.

The Gunners had previously lost in Lens, but Arteta’s team put on a polished display to earn a tough victory in Seville on a rainy night to retake first place in Group B. Express Sport examines four observations we made throughout Tuesday night’s intense game.

Jesus comes to Arteta’s rescue.

It took some time for the Arsenal machine to get going. There could only be one outcome when the two Brazilians—along with the two Gabriels—joined forces in a captivating move during first-half stoppage time.

Gabriel Jesus used his confidence and swagger to take two defenders out of the game with a brilliant ‘Cruyff’ turn while facing his own goal and under pressure from two defenders. His pass to Martinelli was perfectly weighted in a second. The kid kept his cool, rounded the goalkeeper and finishing home softly.

Then it was Jesus’ chance to dazzle the people of Seville. He sprinted inside and found half a yard to get a shot away against Jesus Navas on the touchline, looping a spectacular attempt into the far corner.

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That was the type of finish Arsenal paid £45 million for from their No 9, and Arteta will be hoping it is the first of many this season as they contend on four fronts.

Once again, a pair is left out.

What else can Leandro Trossard do to persuade Arteta that he is more than just a stand-in for Bukayo Saka and deserves a spot on his team? Only three days after saving a point for Arsenal in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, the 28-year-old found himself on the bench, with Saka and Martinelli preferred.

Trossard has five goal contributions (four goals, one assist) in only 365 minutes of action this season in eight games. It’s not as if he’s just there to make up the numbers; Arteta must be aware of his contribution, but the Spaniard understands that removing Saka or Martinelli without an injury worry isn’t an option.

Then there’s Kai Havertz, who was handed a 20-minute runout after looking a little lost in midfield against Chelsea. With so little opportunities in the club, how can the German be expected to contribute after his £65 million summer move? Arteta’s rejection of both may have succeeded on this occasion, but if he doesn’t give Trossard and Havertz additional time soon, he may be left with two dissatisfied stars.Partey’s skepticism grows.

Thomas Partey has been a source of concern for Arteta for some time, with the Ghanaian appearing to be more absent than present during the last two years.

Arteta, 30, was ruled out again after suffering a muscular injury in training, and his countenance said it all. This is becoming an issue for Arsenal, who cannot count on a player being available for barely a third or even half of a season.

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That’s why he jumped at the chance to sign Jorginho in January, with the Italian playing alongside Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard in the midfield. Partey, the left back in England, must be wondering if his time at the Emirates is coming to an end with his latest injury absence.

Raya reacts to criticism

Gary Neville described him as ‘lost’. Arteta was not convinced.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might easily have dropped David Raya after his blunder against Chelsea on Saturday, but he has made his bed, and the 40-year-old intends to sleep in it as Aaron Ramsdale waits patiently.

Raya responded to criticism about his performance perfectly and did very little wrong in his distribution, while the loanee appeared assured in seizing the ball from crosses.

He wasn’t to blame for Gudelj’s header because no one picked up the Serbian at the front post and he nearly palmed into his own net at the end, but Arteta will feel vindicated in sticking with Raya after he escaped another error in Seville.

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