Arsenal will look to bury the disappointment of the last game when they turn their attention towards Europa League as Vitória S.C. pay them a visit for a Europa League match set to be played at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal hadn’t lost since suffering a 3-1 defeat at Anfield in their third game of the season when they travelled on Monday to take on Sheffield United in the Premier League. That’s a stretch of eight games in all competitions, so the Gunners had the momentum and the personnel as well to strengthen their top-four credentials.
But instead, it was Sheffield who showed the intent and played with energy for the full 90 minutes, and deservingly taking home all three points.
This is the second season for Unai Emery, and the pressure is already growing on him to bring the Champions League football back to the Emirates Stadium.
With Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both enduring a tough start to the new season, and Chelsea in their own transition period due to a transfer embargo, Gunners are better-placed to finish in the top-four. But they have to win the games against the kind of opponents, with no disrespect to Sheffield united, they fell against on Monday.
The Europa League match will be played between Arsenal and Vitoria SC at Yuexiushan Stadium, in London, England. The ground has a capacity of 60,260.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Friday, October 25.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Arsenal – W W D W W L
Vitoria SC – L W D L W L
Arsenal Team News:
Injuries are starting to ease up on Arsenal as Unai Emery has a fully-fit squad available at his disposal for this match.
That said, Arsenal confirmed that Reiss Nelson will miss the Europa League match against Vitoria due to a knee injury. There are no other injury concerns for Gunners ahead of this game.
Likely changes and Playing 11:
Unai emery is expected to go with more youngsters in this match as he has done in the previous two Europa League games.
Gabriel Martinelli scored twice last time Arsenal played in Europe and the youngster will likely lead the attack for the hosts.
However, Unai Emery may give Alexader Lacazette a start here as the Frenchman looks to regain his speed back following an injury layoff. The former Lyon hitman could get a start here as a result alongside Martinelli.
Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney should start on the full-back positions as the duo takes another step towards gaining 100% match fitness.
Arsenal Probable XI:
Emiliano Martinez (GK), Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Lucas Torreira, Dani Ceballos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mesut Ozil, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli
Vitoria SC FC Team News:
While the opponents have a completely different story altogether ahead of this game as they are without a number of key players for the away game against Arsenal.
Mubarak Wakaso and Andre Andre remain long-term injury absentees for Vitoria, while Miguel Silva, Valeriy Bondarenko and Lucas Evangelista are all expected to be sidelined with an injury.
Vitoria SC Probable XI:
Miguel Silva (GK), Lucas Soares, Edmond Tapsoba, Pedro Henrique, Florent Hanin, Davidson, Pepe Rodriguez, Mikel Agu, Denis Poha, Marcus Edwards, Leo Bonatini
Likely to score:
Arsenal are at home and are hot-favourite to win this game. But they are also expected to keep a clean sheet against a Vitoria team which has been struggling on the road of late. So selecting a full-fledged Arsenal backline can give you extra points.
Also, Ainsely Maitland Niles is listed as a defender in Dream11, but he will play in a more advanced role in this match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
ARS vs VIT Dream11 potential winner:
Vitoria SC should at least get a draw here.