Sevilla Preview: At Least, the Officials are Better

Since the debacle at Newcastle, there has been a huge spotlight on the Premier League officials and I am happy with the stance Arsenal football club has taken to support their manager, following his scathing comments concerning the defeat to Newcastle.

However, football offers us a good escape as Arsenal host Sevilla this evening, and the match official is Istvan Kovacs from Romania, who has been on the FIFA list since 2018. He was the referee for the UEFA Conference League final between West Ham and Fiorentina last season and he was the fourth official at the 2022 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France, as well as the Champions League final between Man City and Inter.

Sevilla are struggling in La Liga this season, with only eight points from their first eight La Liga games and their Champions League sojourns haven’t been impressive, as the Andalusians are currently in their favorite Europa League slot, with two draws and a defeat in their first three games. Arsenal on the other hand have been riding high in the upper echelons of the Premier League table, despite not reaching the heights of last season based on their performances.

To team news, Arsenal has fresh injury concerns with Eddie Nketiah suffering a knock that can potentially rule him out of contention tonight. The club is also sweating over the fitness of club captain, Martin Odegaard, to add to the long term absentees, Jurrien Timber, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Jesus and Thomas Partey.

I feel sad for Jesus that had an amazing night in Seville but it’s strange to see that he has been called up by Brazil for their international fixture despite the fact that he’s currently injured.

We will be gearing ourselves for another great night of European football and a win will give Arsenal a chance of qualifying to the Round of 16, which will be a good way to continue the campaign in Champions League.


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