On Thursday evening, Arsenal will look to continue their recent resurgence, as the Gunners travels to Belarus to face BATE Borisov in the Europa League.
Since a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool at the end of August, Arsene Wenger’s side have embarked on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, picking up four wins and a draw in the process.
Last time out, the Gunners recorded a 2-0 win over West Brom at the Emirates Stadium, with record signing Alexandre Lacazette grabbing a brace. The north London side also recorded a victory in their last Europa League outing, defeating German side Koln 3-1 on matchday one at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s recent European history has obviously been in the Champions League, so they are enjoying a campaign in the Europa League for the first time in its current guise.
One negative for the Gunners heading into this clash is their recent away form. The visitors have failed to win in their last three games, suffering two defeats in the process. Everybody connected with the club will be confident of the team putting that record straight in this clash.
BATE Borisov head into this clash in good form, having recorded wins in five of their last six outings in all competitions. However, the one game they did not win in that run was in the Europa League, as the Belarusians drew 1-1 at Serbian club Crvena Zvezda on matchday one.
BATE have a poor record in the Europa League, winning just one of the last 11 games in the competition. However, they are currently four games unbeaten in the competition, although three of those games have finished in draws.
The home side also have a decent home record in the Europa League, suffering just one defeat in their last eight outings. However, BATE’s last four home games in the Europa League have ended in draws.
BATE Borisov have no reported injury problems and could start with the same team that recorded a draw in Serbia against Crvena Zvezda.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to rotate his squad in this clash. The likes of David Ospina, Alex Iwobi, Rob Holding, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud could all come into the starting line-up.
Mesut Ozil may also return to the starting eleven after featuring as a substitute against West Brom. Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin remain sidelined through injury.
Arsenal are favourites to win this game at 1/ 2, while the draw is 7/2 and BATE are 13/2 to record an unlikely home win.
The Gunners will be in confident mood heading into this clash and no matter what team Arsene Wenger fields, they should have too much quality for their Belarusians hosts.
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