Arsenal kick-off their Europa League campaign on Monday night, as the Gunners welcome Ukrainian outfit Vorskla to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners head into this seasons competition with the added Europa League experience of boss Unai Emery. The Spaniard has, of course, won the trophy on three previous occasions with Sevilla.
Arsenal are relative novices in the Europa League in its current guises, as last season was their first in competition under its current name. The Gunners did make the semi-final of the competition last season, though, only to be eliminated by Champions League dropouts Atletico Madrid.
The home side has a mixed recent record in the Europa League, as they have now failed to win in their last three games in the competition. The Gunners have been relatively prolific in the competition, though, scoring at least two goals in four of their last six matches.
The north London side also have an inconsistent home record in the Europa League, winning just four of their seven outings on home soil. They have been hard to defeat, though, suffering just one defeat.
Vorskla have made a strong start to their domestic campaign. However, their recent record in the Europa League is woeful, as the visitors have won just one of their last ten outings, suffering six defeats in the process.
The Ukrainian side’s record on their travels in the Europa League is also poor, as they have failed to win in their last five outings in Europe’s secondary competition. To make matters worse they have failed to score in four of those five winless games.
The visitor’s lack of attacking threat has led to a number of low scoring games on their travels, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five games on their travels in this competition.
Arsenal are still without centre-back Laurent Koscielny and full-back Sead Kolasinac through injury, while youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is still a doubt. Arsenal boss Emery is likely to rotate his squad with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Stephan Lichtsteiner all hoping for a place in the starting line-up.
Vorskla will be without Denis Vasin and Vladimir Odaryuk due to injury, while influential forward Yuriy Kolomoets is also a big doubt for the visitors.
Arsenal are big favourites at odds 1/8 to win this clash, while the draw is odds of 9/1 and the visitors are odds of 25/1 to pull off a surprise victory.
The Gunners will head into this clash in confident mood and should kick-off their European campaign with a victory.
Will Arsenal record a comfortable win over Vorskla?