Arteta: We planned to replace Gabriel Jesus. Should have managed without it

Arteta: We planned to replace Gabriel Jesus.  Should have managed without it

The Gunners were eliminated from the Europa League after losing on penalties to Sporting

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta commented on the defeat in the second leg of the 1/8 finals of the Europa League from Portuguese Sporting (1:1, 3:5 on penalties). According to him, the result could be affected by substitutions Takehiro Tomiyasu, William SalibaAnd Gabriela Jesus.

“Tomiyasu’s injury looks pretty serious, judging by his reaction and what he said to me. Obviously, it’s too early to say how long he’s been out. How long we lost Saliba, I don’t know. He had some discomfort, he couldn’t continue playing, so we had to take him off.”

“Was there a plan to replace Gabriel Jesus? Yes, and we decided to do it because he also played with an injury. We knew the game could go into extra time, but we had to manage without it.”

Recall that the defenders Tomiyasu and Saliba were changed in the first 20 minutes of the game due to injuries. And forward Gabriel Jesus played only in the first half.

In addition to Sporting, Manchester United, Sevilla, Juventus, Bayer, Royal Union, Roma and Feyenoord reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, which defeated Shakhtar Donetsk.

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Europa League will take place today in Nyon, Switzerland. The beginning is at 14:00 Kyiv time.

Source: Sportarena

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