Follow all the action as Arsenal travel to Austria to take on Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.
Mikel Arteta’s side laboured to a 1-0 defeat against Man City last weekend, which somewhat halted the momentum of their brilliant start to the season. However, the Gunners still look vastly improved in comparison to the side who were knocked out in the round of 32 by Olympiacos last season.
Rather than the game itself, though, it’s the rumblings of discontent surrounding Mesut Ozil’s exclusion from tonight’s squad that has dominated the build-up to the fixture, with Arteta admitting that while his “conscience is calm”, he has “failed” Ozil by effectively drawing the curtain on the playmaker’s Arsenal career. Follow all the action below:
BT Sport pundit Martin Keown predicts Arsenal to go one better than Ozil’s forecast, and believes Arsenal ‘will win 4-0’.
Let’s see if he’s correct.
Arsenal’s £45m deadline day signing Thomas Partey is handed his first start for the club by Mikel Arteta.
In other words, it’s Partey time.
Just like the rest of us, Mesut Ozil shall be watching the game from his home. He’s predicting a 4-1 for Arsenal.
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin likes taking pictures, apparently.
Arsenal lost in their last outing, a 1-0 away defeat to Manchester City.
The Gunners’ last European adventure ended in a 2-1 defeat to Greek side Olympiakos, with the London side exiting at the Europa League Round of 32 stage on away goals.
The home side have won their last three consecutive games in all competitions.
Their last fixture, played on Saturday, resulted in a 5-1 victory against Wiener Neustadt in the Austrian Cup second round.
Rapid Vienna team news:
Strebinger; Barac, Hofmann, Stojkovic; Ullman, Grahovac, Ljubicic, Arase; Fountas, Ritzmaier, Kara.
Subs: Unger, Gartler, Sonnleitner, Schick, Petrovic, Alar, Krasmuellner, Greiml, Kitagawa, Sulzbacher, Ibrahimoglu, Savic.
Rapid Vienna lost their Champions League third round qualifying tie against Belgian side Gent 2-1 five weeks, and so were relegated to the Europa League group stage.
Arsenal meanwhile finished 8th in the Premier League last season but won the FA Cup, and thus gained automatic entry into the group stage of the competition.
These sides have only met once before in European competition.
Drawn together in the first round of the old European Cup in 1991/92, Arsenal won the first leg 6-1 at Highbury, with four goals coming from Alan Smith.
The second leg ended in a 1-0 win for the Austrians, with Arsenal progressing 6-2 on aggregate.
Arsenal were eliminated in the next round, losing to Benfica.
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