Due to travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the match was held in Rome, although the Portuguese side was the designated host.
Arsenal Captain Pierre Emery Cuau Bameyan Arsenal should have taken the lead in the first half, but when given a great opportunity from close range, he mysteriously shot a wide shot and ended up goalless.
However, the visitor leveled within two minutes as Saka turned from close range following a great ball from. Cedric Soares..
Both teams seemed calm in the draw, with little intent to attack and few shots from either team.
After the match, Arteta said, “I think we were very dominant. It created a big opportunity. In Europe, when you’re away from home, you have to be more ruthless. You can be in a better position. I think. “
Saka said he felt Arsenal had done enough to win the match. He told BT Sports: “We had a lot of chances. We dominated the whole game. They got a lucky penalty I didn’t expect. We had to react well.
“We should have been able to regain the goal and win it. It was not the worst result, we scored away goals. It was a good mutual play. [for the goal].. I managed to switch the ball and it was a good finish for me, so I am satisfied with the goal.
“I feel like I’m improving every game. My boss gives me great advice so I’m trying to impress, learn and listen. A good team and a good family around me Thank you for being. I just want it. To keep progressing.
“It’s about managing the game. When we went to Olympiacos last year, we admitted a ridiculous goal, which makes ourselves difficult, so we can’t make mistakes.”
The return leg with Arsenal will be the home team and will be held in Athens on March 4th.
– Soccer Sports
Benfica vs. Arsenal-Football Match Report-February 18, 2021
https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=590745 Benfica vs. Arsenal-Football Match Report-February 18, 2021