Arsenal knocked out of Europa League on penalties as Sporting Lisbon win thriller

Arsenal players look on during the penalty shootout in the UEFA Europa League last 16 second leg match between Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium on March 16, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.
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Arsenal bowed out of the Europa League after losing 5-4 on penalties to Sporting Lisbon, after an utterly thrilling second leg of their last 16 tie at the Emirates Stadium finished 1-1 after extra time.

With the scores level at 2-2 after last week's first leg, this one looked up for grabs – and Sporting seized the opportunity with both hands on a pulsating night in North London.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...