Champions League LIVE: Latest score, team news and updates as Arsenal travel to Porto


Follow Mail Sport’s live blog of tonight’s featured games in the champions league for the latest score, team news and updates as Arsenal travel to Porto and Napoli host Barcelona

Would Arsenal sacrifice PL to win first CL?

This is a tough question to answer, and I want to hear your thoughts.

Arsenal are embroiled in an incredible three-pronged title race this season with Liverpool and Manchester City.

Sitting only two points off the top, they will push their rivals all the way until the end of the season.

However, they have never won a European Cup. The Gunners have been after good old ‘big ears’ for a long time, they are desperate for that trophy.

So, that being said, if the Champions League trophy is achievable, would they sacrifice the Premier League for it?

Isn’t one better than zero…

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal and teammates walk back after he scored the team's fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and RC Lens at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Can Osimhen fire Napoli to victory?

I must admit, this Napoli team is a far cry from the one that won Serie A last season.

However, they still have Victor Osimhen, who is a very sought-after striker around Europe.

They still have plenty of fire power to cause Barcelona damage.

Yamal starts again for Barcelona

Lamine Yamal starts again!

There has been a lot of pressure on the 17-year-old wonderkid to produce for Barcelona this season, and they are counting on him again tonight.

They have made two changes from the team that beat Celta Vigo 2-1 at the weekend.

They will want another win here.

Arsenal unchanged

Mikel Arteta has seen no reason to change the side that destroyed Burnley 5-0 away from home on Saturday.

I completely understand why, the Gunners have been on fire, why change something when it’s not broken?

A big night ahead for this team!

Porto go strong!

The Dragons have only made one change from their 2-0 win at the weekend against Estrela de Amadora.

They are going very strong, Nico Gonzalez is a name that pops out to me, formally of Barcelona.

Can this team topple Arsenal?

Arsenal’s nightmare record in Portugal

This is not good viewing for Arsenal.

The Gunners have never secured victory against a Portuguese club in Portugal, only securing one draw.

One of their three losses on the road in Portugal came against tonight’s opponents in 2010, a 2-1 loss.

It’s not just away from home they struggle though, they have only recorded one victory in 10 games overall against Portuguese clubs – against Porto.

Records are there to be broken.

Napoli v Barcelona: battle of the basket cases

In Naples, there is a lot at stake tonight for two big clubs suffering dramatic downfalls.

After both winning their domestic leagues last season, both are now having disastrous campaigns.

Napoli currently sit ninth in the Serie A, while Barcelona are third in La Liga – eight points off the top.

This means tonight is huge. Napoli are managerless after sacking Walter Mazzari only yesterday, and Barcelona are set to be managerless at the end of the season after Xavi announced he is leaving.

Either way, it will still be a great game, I hope.

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 21: A general view of the inside of the stadium, as a UEFA Champions League pitch cover can be seen, prior to the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 first leg match between SSC Napoli and FC Barcelona at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on February 21, 2024 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Calm before the storm at the Dragao

The Estadio do Dragao – such a beautiful ground.

This has been a stadium on my bucket list for a very long time, and a few thousand Arsenal fans will get the privilege of being in it later.

They will be wanting to see their side win there, what a perfect night that would be for the Gunners.

It won’t be easy though, the atmosphere in there will be electric.

Mikel Arteta: ‘The past is irrelevant’

Prior to tonight, Mike Arteta had a few words to say about Arsenal’s recent poor history in the competition.

Someone called Messi was an obstacle as well and Bayern Munich that we faced twice.

They (the players) know that we have not been in the competition, obviously some of them were here and they know the story.

They know that what happened in the past is irrelevant, it is the challenge and ambition that we have now to go through.

It’s great (we are here). We have earned the right to be here. It’s been seven years since we’ve been at the top table for these kind off matches and 14 years since we were able to go to the next stage.

Arsenal to break their last-16 hoodoo?

Most of my memories of Arsenal in the Champions League consist of them getting knocked out in the round of 16.

They haven’t got through to the quarter-finals of the European Cup since the 2009-10 campaign, where they beat…. Porto.

Well, they are going to have to get past them once again if they are going to make it into the last eight for the first time in 14 years.

In 2010 they ended up coming up against Lionel Messi – we all know what happened – but they don’t have to worry about playing against him this season.

They will want to start this round off on the right foot!

ARSENAL V PORTO UEFA Champions League 1st Knockout Rnd 2nd leg at the Emirates stadium, 9th March 2010SAMIR NASRI SCORES ARSENAL'S 3RD 3-0  090310 . REXMAILPIX.
ARSENAL V PORTO UEFA Champions League 1st Knockout Rnd 2nd leg form the Emirates stadium, 9th March 2010NICKLAS BENDTNER CELEBRATES WITH SAMIR NASRI AFTER NASRI SCORED ARSENAL'S 3RD 3-0 090310  . REXMAILPIX.

Let’s get started!

It’s a big night for Arsenal, Gunners fans are you excited?

For the first time in seven years, Arsenal are playing in the last-16 of the Champions League as they are set to face Porto in Portugal.

The Gunners’ recent record in the Champions League knockout stages is not a good one, but this is Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, and they are keen to succeed where others have failed.

While we will be bringing you all the updates from the North London side’s big game, it is not the only fixture on the horizon tonight.

Naples also plays host to Champions League knockout football tonight, as Napoli face off with Barcelona – the battle of the fallen giants.

Both sides have not had good seasons after triumphing to their domestic title’s last campaign. European football is now imperative for them both. To get the key updates from this one, Mail Sport is the place to be.

So, strap yourselves in, this is going to be one hell of a night. I can’t wait for it to get started!

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