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Arsenal v BATE Borisov Europa League preview

Posted on December 06, 2017 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal plays their final group game of their Europa League campaign as they host Belarussian side BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have already qualified for the knockout stages and won Group H. However, the visitors are bottom of the group, but could still qualify for the knockout stages if results go their way in the final round of fixtures.

Arsenal heads into this game on the back of a 3-1 home defeat by Manchester United. The Gunners also lost their last Europa League game, suffering a 1-0 defeat in Germany against Koln.

The defeat was their first ever in the competition in its current guise. The north London side have played just two home games in the Europa League, recording a win over Koln, only to draw with Red Star Belgrade in their last European game on home soil.

The Gunners recent Europa League games have been low scoring, with under 1.5 goals scored in their last three European outings.

BATE have experienced mixed results in the Europa League of late. However, the visitors have won just two of their last 15 games in the competition. Last time out in this competition, BATE drew 0-0 against Red Star Belgrade.

The visitors form on their travels in the Europa League has not been great, as they have won just two of their last nine games in Europe’s secondary competition. In fact, they have lost three out of their last five away games in the Europa League.

BATE have struggled for goals on their travels in the Europa League, scoring just five times in their last seven games on the road. The visitors have also kept just one clean sheet in their last seven Europa League games on their travels.

Team News

The home side are still without Santi Cazorla, while defender Shkodran Mustafi is also a doubt for the fixture. Winger Theo Walcott has struggled with illness of late but could start if fit. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is likely to rotate his team as he does in this competition.

The visitors have no reported injuries, so boss Aleksandr Yermakovich should have a full squad of players to choose from.

Betting News

Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 4/9, while the draw is odds of 17/4 and the visitors are odds of 6/1 to pull off an away win.

Arsenal are likely to field a weakened side in this clash with little left to play for in this clash. However, boss Arsene Wenger will feel his side should have enough to record a victory against the visitors.

Will Arsenal beat BATE on Thursday night?

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