Danny Welbeck strikes to take Arsenal to victory over Sporting Lisbon

Momentum is a curious thing. It takes a while to warm up and can go cold suddenly, but right now it is fuelling Arsenal. This was not their most inspiring performance of recent weeks but they possessed enough quality to extend their winning sequence in all competitions to 11 and stamp control on Group E in the Europa League.

Danny Welbeck was the matchwinner who inflicted a rare home defeat for Sporting, who have not lost a game at the Estádio José Alvalade since Barcelona swung into town just over a year ago. Coming into the game Unai Emery had talked about his liking for the spectacle, for the panache of the goals that had flavoured recent victories. This match was more about sticking at it when their game lacked some slickness.

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