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Arsenal reach Champions League quarterfinals amidst managerial clash with Porto

Posted : 13 March 2024

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao stirred controversy by accusing Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta of insulting his family during Arsenal's shootout victory over Porto, securing their place in the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2010. Conceicao claimed that Arteta directed offensive remarks towards his family during the match, prompting a heated exchange between the two managers at the final whistle. However, sources at Arsenal have refuted these allegations, stating that Arteta vehemently denied the accusation.


Despite the off-field drama, Arsenal emerged victorious from the fiery contest, prevailing 4-2 on penalties after Leandro Trossard's goal in the 41st minute leveled the round-of-16 tie at 1-1 on aggregate, forcing extra time. Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya played a pivotal role, saving spot kicks from Wendell and Galeno, leading to jubilant celebrations among the Arsenal players and fans.


Following the match, Arteta and Arsenal shifted their focus to the historic achievement of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals after a 14-year hiatus. Arteta lauded the resilience and determination of his players, highlighting their unwavering commitment to success. Despite facing numerous challenges, Arsenal's perseverance ultimately paid off, marking a significant milestone in the club's European journey.


Conceicao's confrontation with Arteta is not the first time he has clashed with opposing managers in the Champions League. He previously accused Thomas Tuchel of insulting him during a match against Chelsea in April 2021 and made similar claims against Pep Guardiola after a game against Manchester City in October 2020. As Arsenal eagerly await the quarterfinal draw alongside other football giants like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, the club savors their hard-earned success and prepares for the challenges ahead in the tournament.


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