Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon LIVE: Europa League updates and live scoring commentary stream

Follow all the action from Arsenal v Sporting Libson, including team news and updates from the Emirates Stadium as Mikel Arteta's men look to get the job done in the second leg.

Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon LIVE: Europa League updates and live scoring commentary stream

Can Gabriel Jesus make an impact this evening? CREDIT: Jacques Feeney/OFFSIDE

Welcome to the Gooner Fanzine's live blog as Arsenal take on Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League. 

The Gunners return to action in the Europa League in the Round of 16 second leg against Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, who hosted  the first leg last week that ended in a highly contested 2-2 draw.  

Refresh this page for in-game updates and leave comments below on your thoughts on the game as Mikel Arteta's Gunners look to advance in Europe. 

Live BLog Thursday Mar 16th

  1. 22:51 #1215

    Thank you for following this live, stay posted for post-match reaction, future match coverage and all things Arsenal.

  2. 22:50 #1214

    The full focus turns to the Premier League with Crystal Palace visiting the Emirates on Sunday, it just wasn't meant to be in this tie.

  3. 22:49 #1213

    True credit to the Portuguese side who have been fantastic over the two legs, they had an answer for everything Arsenal seemed to produce.

  4. 22:49 #1212

    Agonisingly close for Arsenal who miss out on penalties at the Emirates to Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of the round of 16.

  5. 22:48 #1211

    Sporting: Santos scores and wins the tie. 3-5

  6. 22:47 #1210

    Arsenal: Martinelli's penalty is saved. 3-4

  7. 22:46 #1209

    Sporting: Gomes scores. 3-4

  8. 22:45 #1208

    Arsenal: Trossard scores. 3-3

  9. 22:45 #1207

    Sporting: Inacio scores, but Ramsdale gets a hand to it..2-3

  10. 22:44 #1206

    Arsenal: Saka scores. 2-2

  11. 22:43 #1205

    Sporting: Esgaio scores. 1-2

  12. 22:43 #1204

    Arsenal: Odegaard scores. 1-1

  13. 22:42 #1203

    Sporting: St. Juste scores the first penalty.

  14. 22:41 #1202

    Sporting win the toss and the penalties will take place at the Clock End in front of the Arsenal and Sporting faithful.

  15. 22:38 #1201

    Here comes the first competitive penalty shoot-out in the Emirates Stadium..

  16. 22:36 #1200

    FULL TIME OF EXTRA TIME: The two sides can't be separated as a penalty shoot-out will now determine who will progress. What a game it's been.

  17. 22:35 #1199

    120' One minute is added on before a penalty shoot-out. 1-1 (3-3)

  18. 22:33 #1198

    117' Chaos at the Emirates which ends in a second yellow for Ugarte who is sent off for a horrible tackle on Saka. Crazy ending to this event filled tie. 1-1 (3-3)

  19. 22:32 #1197

    116' Free kick in a good position for Arsenal, Odegaard floats the ball onto the head of Gabriel whose header is pushed away on the line by Adan. 1-1 (3-3)

  20. 22:31 #1196

    115' White and Saka combine well on the flank before Saka puts a clean ball through to Trossard who can't get the shot away. Arsenal dominating with five minutes to go. 1-1 (3-3)

  21. 22:25 #1195

    109' Arsenal are getting closer, the introduction of Odegaard has made a clear difference in attack. 1-1 (3-3)

  22. 22:20 #1194

    105' Just as play resumes, Partey fires an effort from distance over the bar. 1-1 (3-3)

  23. 22:18 #1193

    15 minutes to go for Arsenal to push for a winner before the game will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. The Emirates has come alive as the crowd are pushing for their team to get the job done.

  24. 22:17 #1192

    105' Rob Holding fires his header over the bar from Saka's corner, and that concludes the first spell of extra time. 1-1 (3-3)

  25. 22:16 #1191

    104' Corner for Arsenal in the last minute of the first half of extra time. 1-1 (3-3)

  26. 22:11 #1190

    99' Arsenal substitution as captain Martin Odegaard replaces Fabio Vieira. 1-1 (3-3)

  27. 22:11 #1189

    99' Free kick for Sporting as Partey fouls Inacio. 1-1 (3-3)

  28. 22:09 #1188

    96' Trossard goes agonisingly close as he runs onto a lose ball and breaks through the middle, Adan got a small touch on the shot causing it to hit the close. 1-1 (3-3)

  29. 22:03 #1187

    90' The first half of extra time is underway. 1-1 (3-3)

  30. 21:59 #1186

    Nothing can separate Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon who have been on the same level throughout the tie. Extra time is far from what Mikel Arteta would have hoped for but a result must be settled tonight.

  31. 21:58 #1185

    END OF 90 MINUTES: The two sides will go to extra time and possibly penalties to decide the tie.

  32. 21:55 #1184

    90+3' Free kick for Sporting from the corner as Ugarte is fouled by Gabriel. 1-1 (3-3)

  33. 21:54 #1183

    90+1' Late corner for Arsenal..1-1 (3-3)

  34. 21:53 #1182

    90' Four minutes added on, could extra time be on the cards? 1-1 (3-3)

  35. 21:47 #1181

    84' Shouts for a hand ball in the Arsenal box however Saka had already been ruled as offside in the build-up, just over five minutes remain. 1-1 (3-3)

  36. 21:43 #1180

    81' Corner for Arsenal. 1-1 (3-3)

  37. 21:42 #1179

    80' Ten minutes remain of the 90, can Arsenal get that goal to avoid extra time? 1-1 (3-3)

  38. 21:42 #1178

    78' Vieira's effort from the free kick is saved by Adan - a good curling shot from the midfielder. 1-1 (3-3)

  39. 21:40 #1177

    77' Arsenal free kick as Diomande fouls Martinelli. 1-1 (3-3)

  40. 21:34 #1176

    71' Huge save from Ramsdale as Edwards is clear on goal after a line splitting through ball cuts the Arsenal side in half. Ramsdale keeps Arsenal in the game. 1-1 (3-3)

  41. 21:33 #1175

    70' Rob Holding goes into the book for...standing on Paulinho's toe. 1-1 (3-3)

  42. 21:28 #1174

    64' Double Arsenal substitution as Thomas Partey replaces Jorginho, and Bukayo Saka replaces Nelson 1-1 (3-3)

  43. 21:26 #1173

    63' You can't say this was unexpected with Arsenal's slow start to the second half, the Gunners were dispossessed in midfield in the build up to the goal. Arsenal have to shape up. 1-1 (3-3)

  44. 21:25 #1172

    61' GOAL: Sporting level the tie through Pedro Goncalves in sensational style with a finish just inside his half with a lob over Ramsdale from distance. Spectacular. 1-1 (3-3)

  45. 21:20 #1171

    57' Sloppy start to the second half for Arsenal who again, are struggling to keep hold of possession. 1-0 (3-2)

  46. 21:15 #1170

    52' Free kick for Arsenal as Martinelli is hacked down by Ugarte who is booked as a result. 1-0 (3-2)

  47. 21:10 #1169

    47' Gabriel makes a crucial tackle in the box to dispossess Paulinho, the Brazilian went down after the challenge but quickly found his feet to the relief of the Arsenal fans. 1-0 (3-2)

  48. 21:07 #1168

    KICK OFF: Sporting get the second half underway. 1-0 (3-2)

  49. 21:06 #1167

    The teams are heading back on the pitch, with Leandro Trossard entering the game as Gabriel Jesus is replaced - a good starting return from the Brazilian.

  50. 20:54 #1166

    Arsenal go in at the break 1-0 up, however it was a first half tainted by injuries, as Tomiyasu and Saliba were forced to withdraw early - not an encouraging sight for anyone involved with Arsenal.

  51. 20:52 #1165

    A lively first half for both sides, with Sporting looking just as dangerous as the hosts at times. Granit Xhaka's goal separates the sides at the interval.

  52. 20:51 #1164

    HALF TIME: Arsenal 1-0 Sporting Lisbon (3-2 aggregate score)

  53. 20:51 #1163

    45+3' Corner for Sporting as Ugarte's thumping effort is pushed away. 1-0 (3-2)

  54. 20:49 #1162

    45+2' Xhaka is booked for a foul on Trincao. 1-0 (3-2)

  55. 20:47 #1161

    45' Four minutes to be added on. 1-0 (3-2)

  56. 20:47 #1160

    44' Corner for Sporting as Marcus Edwards' shot is deflected by Xhaka. 1-0 (3-2)

  57. 20:38 #1159

    35' Some good sequences of play in attack from Arsenal, all heavily including Jesus who has been a livewire in this first half, what a joy it is to have him back. 1-0 (3-2)

  58. 20:32 #1158

    29' Incredible footwork from Jesus as he weaves through four members of the Sporting defence then having his shot saved by Adan. 1-0 (3-2)

  59. 20:29 #1157

    27' Corner for Arsenal after some good play down the left from Zinchenko and Martinelli 1-0 (3-2)

  60. 20:25 #1156

    22' Shouts for a penalty as Jesus is fouled in the box, however the Arsenal forward was flagged offside before the foul was committed. 1-0 (3-2)

  61. 20:23 #1155

    21' A second early substitution for Arsenal as Rob Holding replaces Saliba. 1-0 (3-2)

  62. 20:23 #1154

    20' From jubilation to worry as Saliba limps off the field with an injury. 1-0 (3-2)

  63. 20:22 #1153

    19' GOOOAL: Granit Xhaka scores from the rebound after Martinelli's shot from the left flank, thumping finish from the Arsenal captain. 1-0 (3-2)

  64. 20:18 #1152

    15' Chance for Jesus to get his goal after a fantastic cross from Reiss Nelson, the chance was a tricky one to convert but a good move from the wide areas. 0-0 (2-2)

  65. 20:14 #1151

    11' Arsenal struggling to stay on the ball here with Sporting continuing where they left off in Lisbon with plenty of energy all over the pitch. 0-0 (2-2)

  66. 20:10 #1150

    8' Substitution for Arsenal as White replaces Tomiyasu. 0-0 (2-2)

  67. 20:10 #1149

    6' Tomiyasu has gone down off the ball after a clear over-stretch in the foul on Trincao, Ben White is getting ready on the touchline. 0-0 (2-2)

  68. 20:08 #1148

    5' Free kick for Sporting as Tomiyasu slips and brings down Trincao on the turn. 0-0 (2-2)

  69. 20:06 #1147

    4' A good start from Arsenal and notably Gabriel Jesus who is chasing down every ball, a sight we've missed! 0-0 (2-2)

  70. 20:02 #1146

    KICK OFF: Arsenal get the game underway. 0-0 (2-2)

  71. 19:57 #1145

    The teams are in the's an all-to-play-for occasion at the Emirates this evening. Kick off to follow, COYG!

  72. 19:54 #1144

    Kick off is fast approaching, what are your score predictions Gooners? I'm going to go with a 3-1 win to the Gunners, I think it's a statement of intent from Arteta to put out a side as strong as he has this evening..less than 10 minutes to go!

  73. 19:20 #1143

    Arsenal have lost just once at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this season, with defeat coming to Manchester City in February.

  74. 19:19 #1142

    The visitors aren't a huge fan of playing on English soil, with Sporting's last win in England coming back in the 04/05 campaign with a win over Middlesbrough.

  75. 19:04 #1141

    A strong side fielded by Mikel Arteta with a notable inclusion being Gabriel Jesus on his first start since his return from injury. What do you think of that line-up, Gooners?

  76. 19:03 #1140

    ..And on the bench for Sporting: Israel, Sotiris, Santos, Neto, Rochinha, Fatawu, Tanlongo, Arthur, Jovane, Chermiti, Mateus, Essugo

  77. 19:01 #1139

    On the bench for Arsenal: Turner, Tierney, White, Kiwior, Holding, Partey, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Trossard, Hillson

  78. 19:00 #1138

    SPORTING LISBON XI: Adan, Esgaio, Inacio, Diomande, St. Juste, Reis, Ugarte, Goncalves, Trincao, Edwards, Paulinho

  79. 18:57 #1137

    ARSENAL XI: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Jorginho, Xhaka, Vieira; Nelson, Martinelli, Jesus

  80. 18:54 #1136

    It's all to play for tonight at the Emirates Stadium with team news to follow shortly.

  81. 18:54 #1135

    Arsenal were held to a draw in the first leg in Lisbon after a goal from William Saliba and an own goal by Hidemasa Morita were cancelled out by Goncalo Inacio's header and Paulinho's second half strike to level the tie.

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