The pressure on the Gunners is tonight as they battle for a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.The round of 16 against Portuguese giants Benfica looks good 1-1 despite Mikel Arteta’s side thanks to Bukayo Saka’s commitment to Rome last week, he had a potentially valuable away goal

Arsenal left the competition at this point last season following Olympiacos’ overtime exploits in north London Tonight they will try to dispel these painful memories in the Greek master’s house – the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Athens

A defeat in Greece would be a bitter pill for Arsenal, who are in 11th place and 11 points behind the top four in the Premier League and are also eliminated from both national cup competitions. Success in the Europa League is now certainly the only way back in the Champions League in the next season

Benfica XI: Helton Leite, Lucas Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Goncalves, Taarabt, Weigl, Rafa Silva, Grimaldo, Pizzi, Seferovic

14 mins: Benfica are making good progress on the left this time, but what looked like a low cross from Swiss striker Seferovic is wasted with no teammates in sight

Benfica grabs midfield again and tries to give Arsenal a hard time

12 minutes: Goncalves makes himself a nuisance again and Rafa Silva’s cut in the Arsenal box is intercepted

A good break from the ‘hosts’ even though there were a lot of Benfica players there and that could have meant problems with a better pass

10 minutes: Helton Leite can easily hold a long-haul trip from Xhaka as the Gunners try to profit from a positive start in Greece

9 minutes: Aubameyang comes to the sideline, but his cross is way too close to Brazilian goalkeeper Helton Leite

Benfica have problems coping with the pressure of the dominant arsenal early on The ball is released twice in quick succession in one’s own half

7 mins: Arsenal sees a lot of the ball early on and tries to use the full-backs, with both Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney trying to deliver early

Gabriel tries to get the ball out for Arsenal, but is immediately rattled by Adel Taarabt

2 minutes: The first threat of the night is Benfica, which is adorned with white socks in their black stripes Diogo Goncalves flashes a dangerous-looking ball over the Arsenal penalty area

Arsenal vs Benfica

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