- I did not know Vertonghen was a Benfica player
- I completely forgot about Weigl (ex-Dortmund) and was surprised to see him in the lineup
- Excited to see Núñez; thank you r/soccer for introducing me to him
- Solid lineup from Arsenal; good to see Tierney back on the bench and happy for Ode
First half thoughts
- Auba missed a big chance earlier in the game; no idea how...
- 26' - Delightful through ball from Ode to Saka as he played a pass almost from half-field into the box; more of this!
- 28' - ESR wins a ball in midfield; failed counterattack but great pressing sequence which led to Benfica giving the ball away
- Dani playing pretty deep, receiving the ball from Leno and trying to build the attack from the back
- Xhaka attempting crosses to the wing/inside the box...should opt for the simple ball
- 39' - Simple 1-2 with Saka and Bellerin leads to an ESR chance in the box; see my previous point
- 39' - Great passing sequence between Dani and Ode leading to another great chance but Luiz was ruled offside
- 41' - Good recovery from Dani; getting Casemiro + Kroos vibes with his interventions + passing
- 42' - ESR has been a constant threat on the left
- 45' - Xhaka giveaway (crossing across team's own box) almost leads to a Benfica goal...
Second half thoughts
- 53' - Unlucky penalty call; Leno almost stopped it too
- 56' - Arsenal tie-up the game; Cedric assist to Saka but key play was the Ode line-breaking pass to Cedric - yes!
- TUDN commentator commented on Ode having a "partido flojo" or "sub-par game" - Ode has had his moments this game but he seems to drift in and out; haven't seen him exert his influence on a game like he did when he was at Real Sociedad
- 67' - Great tackle from Dani to win the ball from Everton; not bad, not bad
- Asides from the one shot on target that forced Leno into a save this half, Benfica haven't threatened much...great from Arsenal but they need to take advantage of this on the other end
- 70' - Tierney-ESR partnership down the left :handshake_emoji:
- Uneventful last 15 minutes tbh