Arsenal's XI the last time they played Sporting CP

When Sporting CP rocked as much as the Emirates Stadium in November 2018, Arsenal were still bathing in the warm radiance of Unai Emery’s honeymoon duration.

Six months after Arsene Wenger quote “bye, bye” following 22 years at the helm of the Gunners, his replacement had actually launched an unbeaten streak which was reached 15 matches with a 0-0 draw versus their Europa League group-stage challengers.

Four-and-a-half years later on, Arsenal remain in even loftier spirits as they fulfill Sporting in Europe’s second-tier cup competitors while in the middle of a Premier League title tilt.

Mikel Arteta’s preferred beginning lineup has actually virtually been tattooed onto the group sheet this season however the XI that last dealt with Sporting is rather more diverse.

Petr Cech

Petr Cech captained Arsenal to a tidy sheet versus Sporting / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

The then-36-year-old started the season as Emery’s primary however was dismissed by Berd Leno after a hamstring injury in October. Incidentally, in the middle of this slicing and altering of keepers, Emery didn’t rely on Emi Martinez – who is now his primary at Aston Villa.

Cech retired at the end of the season, ending up being Chelsea’s technical director a matter of weeks after losing the 2019 Europa League last to the Blues in his last expert football match. In October that year, Cech made his launching as an ice hockey goaltender for Guildford Phoenix. Cech has actually considering that left Chelsea however sometimes straps on his skates for Chelmsford Chieftains.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Stephan Lichtsteiner is Switzerland’s most embellished gamer, winning 17 prizes in his senior profession / RECREATIONAL VEHICLES.Media/Monika Majer/GettyImages

The Swiss Express had actually started to creak by the time he got to Arsenal as a 34-year-old in 2018. Lichtsteiner just remained in London for a season and went back to Switzerland after retiring from playing in 2020.

The serial winner at Juventus is presently the Under-15s coach at FC Basel, a club he never ever bet however did as soon as lose 8-1 to throughout his early days at Grasshopper.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Sokratis has actually bet Arsenal considering that leaving the club, knocking the Gunners out of the Europa League last 16 in 2021 with Olympiacos / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

The veteran Greek centre-back is still playing continental football, ending up for a 0-0 in this season’s Europa League group phases versus Qarabag.

Admittedly, Sokratis’ Olympiacos side didn’t win a single video game in the competitors however the 34-year-old uses some management from the back at a club which has currently had 3 long-term supervisors this season.

Rob Holding

Rob Holding scored his 5th profession objective in this season’s Europa League / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

One of simply 2 gamers because Arsenal XI that is still at the club, Holding is 4 years older and better however has actually never ever had more hair. Strange.

After beginning every video game in this season’s Europa League group phase, there is every opportunity that Holding might be provided another opportunity to keep a tidy sheet versus Sporting.

Carl Jenkinson

Carl Jenkinson is plying his sell Australia’s A-League nowadays / Harriet Lander/Copa/GettyImages

The boyhood Arsenal fan – who in some cases looked a little too comparable to a viewer while on the pitch – left the club for Nottingham Forest in 2019. Jenkinson never ever developed himself at the City Ground however has actually required to life Down Under recently.

The one-cap England worldwide began the A-League Grand Final in his launching season with Melbourne Victory prior to signing up with Newcastle United Jets last summer season, regularly beginning throughout the back line and even captaining the side on celebration.

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey scored 17 objectives in 63 European video games for Arsenal / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Aaron Ramsey’s supervisor at Nice, Lucien Favre, would not have actually been the individual to compose this short article over the joyful duration. After the World Cup, Favre confessed he’d had no contact with the Wales worldwide and didn’t appear all too worried. “No [I haven’t spoken to him],” he stated. “I could, but… There you go. I answered…”

However, Ramsey has actually required his method into Favre’s strategies in 2023, preventing injuries which pestered his time at Juventus and Rangers (and Arsenal) to begin every match in Nice’s seven-game unbeaten series.

Matteo Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi just missed out on 12 video games in 18 months under Unai Emery / Pool/GettyImages

Only 2 gamers included in more Arsenal video games under Emery than Guendouzi. Arteta revealed little of the exact same love, blacklisting the prodigious however petulant child after he was drawn into Neal Maupay’s vortex.

Following loans with newly-monied Hertha BSC and after that Marseille, Guendouzi completely signed up with the French giants last summer season for simply €11m, paying for Arsenal a meagre earnings margin after finding his skills in the French 2nd tier. Still just 23, Guendouzi is prospering in the (partly) regulated turmoil of Igor Tudor’s side.

Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe is among numerous Arsenal children that burglarized the first string through the Europa League group phase / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Yet to make a Premier League look, the group video game versus Sporting was Smith Rowe’s second-ever start as a senior Arsenal gamer and the very first video game he ever played the complete 90 minutes of.

Nearly half a years later on, Smith Rowe might still live in your home however he is an even more recognized member of Arsenal’s team – as represented by the modification of team number, leaping from 55 to 10. However, injury has actually restricted the 22-year-old to 62 minutes throughout all competitors this season.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan left Arsenal after 9 objectives in 59 looks / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

One half of probably the least effective swap handle Premier League history, Mkhitaryan mirrored Alexis Sanchez once again by signing up with Inter. Roma was the preliminary location Mkhitaryan sought for redemption after an underwhelming 18 months at Arsenal.

Mkhitaryan quickly took in to the rate of Serie A – which is far quicker than it is typically provided credit for – and even handled to make it through another season under Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United supervisor that supervised his departure for Arsenal, prior to signing for the Nerazzurri last summer season.

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck’s last look for Arsenal protested Sporting in November 2018 / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Welbeck’s video game versus Sporting ended after half an hour when he shattered his ankle while falling awkwardly. The England worldwide never ever made another look for Arsenal.

The previous Manchester United youth item left the Gunners for Watford on a totally free that summer season however injury dogged his season-long spell in Hertfordshire prior to a more effective, however likewise stop-start, two-and-a-half years with Brighton.

Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi initially signed up with Arsenal when he was still in main school / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Arsenal have actually not been an excellent selling club recently however Alex Iwobi is an uncommon success story for the transfer group at Colney. At completion of the season in concern, Arsenal handled to persuade Everton – barely revered purchasers – to part methods with £35m.

Jay-Jay Okocha’s nephew at first withstood the exact same battles he dealt with at Arsenal, continually on the edge of understanding his complete capacity prior to transforming himself as a vibrant midfielder under Frank Lampard. Iwobi’s individual uptick in kind could not conserve Lampard from the sack and Sean Dyche has actually ushered the 26-year-old back out to the wing.

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