Frankfurt v Arsenal – Europa League, Matchday 1

It is that time of year again, the busy period begins now, where we will be playing in the most luxurious and prestige competition; also known as the Europa League.

As we know, this will definitely be our toughest outing throughout the group stage. Despite losing some firepower over the summer through the departures of Luka Jovic and Sébastian Haller, the German side cannot be taken lightly. Frankfurt narrowly missed out on getting to the Europa League final last season – after losing to Chelsea on penalties. We already know that the atmosphere is going to be hostile and bitter.

Going into this game, Frankfurt have won two and lost two in the Bundesliga. Furthermore, they host Borussia Dortmund on Sunday so there is a possibility they will play a weakened side.

As for Arsenal, we head into this game of the back of an abysmal display against Watford. Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead; piling the pressure on Unai Emery.

Arsenal have no new fresh injuries. Alexander Lacazette is of course out until October; Dinos Mavropanos; Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are all back in first team training but will not travel due to a lack of fitness. Rob Holding however, has declared himself fit. As a result, he is apart of the squad travelling to Germany. Emile Smith Rowe will also be on the plane to Germany after making a number of appearances for Arsenal U23’s since recovering from injury. As for the rest of the team, we are likely to see some changes with a stronger than usual bench.

Come on Arsenal, you’ve got this!

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Tomorrow our Europa League campaign gets underway as we face Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank-Arena. Despite losing some attacking firepower in Luka Jovic and Sébastian Haller, Frankfurt should not be taken lightly. As for the lineup, the defence will be the main talking point. It's unknown at the moment whether Emiliano Martinez will be our cup keeper, just like Cech was last season. As for the back line, I expect AMN to remain at right back. I expect Holding to come into the team, who has travelled and declared himself fit; with Chambers alongside him forming that English partnership. Kolasinac will most definitely stay at left back. Mustafi may start on the right hand side as he has played well there but it is not likely. As for the midfield, Torreira will be the holding midfielder, with Guendouzi alongside him acting as the deep-lying playmaker. Willock will be in front, getting on the ball and driving forward. I expect Nelson to start over Pepe who will be benched, Martinelli to get his first start after looking very promising so far and Aubameyang playing as the loan striker. Agree with my lineup? What would you change? Let me know down below⬇️🔴⚪

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