Arsenal have secured their 11th successive win for the first time in 11 years thanks to Danny Welbeck’s late goal in Lisbon.
The Gunners have history in their sight, with their longest winning run across all competitions stretching to an imposing 14 games, which they accomplished back in 1987 under George Graham.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery made six changes from the side that beat Leicester City 3-1 in Monday evening’s Premier League match.
After a quiet first half Welbeck scored the only goal in the 78th minute of Thursday night’s match with Sporting Lisbon, to put Arsenal on the brink of the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Welbeck’s goal came after he pounced on a defensive mistake by former Liverpool and Sunderland defender Sebastian Coates and beat goalkeeper Renan Ribeiro with a well-taken low shot to finally reward Arsenal’s second-half dominance.
Arsenal improved after the interval, showing more intent. Emery said acknowledged after the match that there is still room for improvement from his players, especially in the first half.
“The match is 90 minutes and different things happened tactically and individually in the game,” he said.
“In the game, the team deserved to win this match. But the first half is not clear for us.
“The balance for the two teams, I think there are a lot of chances to score. And in the second half, I think, step-by-step, we imposed our jobs and we imposed our good play in the second half.
“We cannot impose our ideas in the first 45 minutes but in the second half we have the chance and the opportunity to change the result and continue in our way, thinking only to win this match and to improve things in the second half. I think we did that in the 45 minutes of the second half. But we need to continue finding the solution for us to be better in the first halves.”