Thierry Henry delivers verdict on Arsenal Champions League win over Sevilla amid 'lucky' claim


Arsenal icon Thierry Henry has heaped praise on the Gunners after their Champions League victory in Spain against Sevilla. Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli put the visitors in control before a nervy final 30 minutes was set in play after Nemanja Gudelj pulled a goal back for Sevilla.

Martinelli had an early chance saved but he made no mistake in the final seconds of the first half when he latched onto a through ball from Jesus after a superb turn from the Brazil international. Jesus then got amongst the goals with his third Champions League strike, firing in expertly from a narrow angle eight minutes into the second period.

A Gudelj header from a Sevilla corner just a few minutes later saw the Gunners placed under siege by their opponents, however the likes of Declan Rice and Takehiro Tomiyasu were among the defensive options to successfully prevent Sevilla from scoring an equaliser.

After the game speaking on CBS Sports Golazo, Henry delivered his thoughts on the display from Arsenal which places them top of Group B. "Away from home, there is something called all-around play and that is also comes in when you talk about players," he said. "If you want to compare the game to Man United game, it is way more difficult to play Sevilla away than Copenhagen at home. You have to give Arsenal a lot of credit for winning a game away from home in Europe especially against Sevilla.

"I thought at the end we invited them a bit too much on our box, allowed them to cross too early. The wingers were playing as almost full-backs. We ended up playing a 6-3-1 at the end which is why they were crossing the ball in because no one was going to put pressure on to stop the crosses.

"Raya got lucky, I think we all saw it when he punched the ball and everybody looked at it and the ball went over the crossbar. When you win away from home in Europe, it is always a good result especially against a team like Sevilla."

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Jesus was certainly the star performer for the Gunners, however Mikel Arteta confirmed after the game his substitution was due to injury. Asked on TNT Sports if Jesus was ok, he replied: "No, he felt something in his hamstring, we will have to wait and see."

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