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This is a message to Porto : we are very is disappointed with our last performance in Champions League , Today’s display was only half of what Porto will encounter at Emirates Stadium…



We are sending this message to Porto to express our disappointment with our recent performance in the Champions League. Today’s display was only half of what Porto will encounter at Emirates Stadium.


Martin Odegaard has conveyed a clear message to FC Porto regarding the level of performance they can expect at Emirates Stadium.


We express our dissatisfaction with our recent performance in the Champions League against Porto. Today’s display falls short of what Porto will encounter at Emirates Stadium.



Arsenal began the match with great intensity, despite lacking a proper center-forward. On paper, Havertz seemed less threatening than Saka.


However, football is not determined by what is written on paper. A corner kick won just 15 seconds into the game led to another, and without BDB to dominate the aerial battles.


As expected, Havertz committed the first foul, giving us the opportunity to push forward and settle into the game without Karius facing any real tests. A quick counterattack by Trippier and Almiron was halted by Odegaard, a master of the dark arts, who received a yellow card for a cynical foul.


Livramento found himself on the wrong side of Saka, whose shot was partially blocked. Progressing past the halfway line was a challenge for us in the first 15 minutes, and Isak was given little opportunity beyond scraps.


Martinelli appeared more threatening than the closely watched Saka, although the English winger did deliver the corner kick at the 18th minute that resulted in the opening goal. Despite Miley being cleared at the near post, Gabriel managed to head the ball towards the goal. Karius made a remarkable save, but Botman and Livramento unintentionally bundled the ball into the net while attempting to clear it. A disastrous moment for the Dutch team.


Five minutes later, we fell two goals behind when Martinelli made a diagonal run from left to right and provided a cross from the byline, bypassing Botman, to find Havertz six yards out for an easy tap-in.


Then, Schar made a costly mistake, gifting the ball to Arsenal. Longstaff did a commendable job in preventing what seemed like an inevitable third goal.


United appeared completely lost at sea, failing to track our opponents’ movements, failing to maintain possession, and failing to advance with the ball.


Guimaraes managed to avoid a booking despite committing a foul on Jorginho in the 30th minute.


Arsenal displayed superior speed and skill across the field. Every time we managed to string together three passes, a deliberate foul halted our progress, typically in our own half.


Saka forced Karius to make a spectacular save after weaving through the left side of our defense. In added time, we finally reached the edge of Arsenal’s penalty area, but Raya was unchallenged, except for a few instances where he had to come out to clear hopeful through balls.


Being down by two goals at halftime was fortunate; Arsenal could have easily been ahead by a larger margin after dominating us for 45 minutes. Schar and Botman seemed fatigued, Livramento lacked sharpness, and Isak was left isolated. Adjustments were definitely necessary.


The second half began much like the first, with Arsenal effortlessly passing and moving through United’s formation as if we were mere training dummies. Havertz reverted to form by missing the target when facing Karius one-on-one.


Gordon took the first shot of the match at 49 minutes, shortly after Isak failed to capitalize on an opportunity in the box. Raya made a comfortable save from Gordon, but at least our team was showing some attacking presence.


Understandably, Arsenal were not pushing forward with the same intensity as in the first half. Possession was more evenly distributed. Isak, positioned on the wide left, received an excellent crossfield pass from Guimaraes, cut inside, and narrowly missed the target near Raya’s post.


Murphy and Barnes came on for Almiron and Isak in the 63rd minute, with Gordon moving to the center.


Before the substitutions could make an impact, Botman lost possession in midfield, allowing Arsenal to set up Saka. He outmaneuvered Livramento, then scored Arsenal’s third goal with a deflection off Botman.


Just four minutes later, another goal was conceded from a corner. Throughout the match, Arsenal had players making runs beyond the far post towards Karius. This time, Kiwior flicked in Rice’s corner, with the ball deflecting off Miley into the net.


Lascelles and Botman were replaced by Burn and Livramento respectively, putting an end to their disappointing performances early on. Guimaraes also made way for Willock in the 73rd minute, providing a small glimmer of positivity on an otherwise bleak night in north London.


Unless he gets injured, our Brazilian player will start the next Premier League match with nine bookings to his name. As time was running out, Burn made a powerful run down the flank after Barnes passed the ball to Gordon on the right side of Arsenal’s penalty area. BDB delivered a fantastic first-time cross, which Willock expertly headed into the far corner of the net.


Although it was a small consolation, it was great to see Willock score upon his return to the game. Jorginho was named man of the match by Ally McCoist, likely not only for his tactical fouls but also for his relentless pressing in midfield, which allowed Rice to have a more progressive role.


In stoppage time, Burn lost a tackle against Nelson but quickly recovered and prevented a fifth goal with Karius already beaten. We now look ahead to the Cup match at Ewood Park on Tuesday, hoping for a better performance after a disappointing night at the office.