Arsenal are facing a tough six days ahead of them, as they are scheduled to appear in three games within a short period of time: on Thursday, 19 September, the lads will be travelling to Germany, where they will be playing a Europa League match against Eintracht Frankfurt; on Sunday, 22 September, they have a Premier League head-to-head with Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium; finally, on Tuesday, 24 September, the Gunners will be playing against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. Arsenal’s last match of the month is due to take place on 30 September against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Although Arsenal lost to Chelsea in the last season’s Europa League final, they are expected to be the favourites this season as well – and three-time Europa League winner Emery will make sure not to underestimate their opponents. Last year the Gunners’ boss used his “main lads” sparingly until the knockout stages, so this might mean that the famous trio – Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe – might be left out of the trip to the continent.
Arsenal will without doubt keep in mind Frankfurt’s last season result, as the German club defeated Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica over two legs before being defeated by the season’s winners, Chelsea. In the meantime, the club have lost some of their valuable players: Croatian international Ante Rebic, who moved to AC Milan on a two-season loan, French striker Sebastien Haller, who signed a five-year contract with West Ham for a club record fee of £45 million and Serbian forward Luka Jovic, who signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid for a reported £55 million. Still, Frankfurt have some experienced quality players on their side, like former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, Dutch striker Bas Dost and Serbian winger Filip Kostic.
With Vitoria Guimaraes and Standard Liege being the other two sides in the group, Frankfurt are definitely expected to be Arsenal’s toughest opponent. The match starts on Thursday at 5.30 pm. and Arsenal can be backed at 5/4 to win.