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STAR PREVIEW: Arsenal v BATE Borisov

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s hard to know what to expect from the Gunners at the best of times but tonight they should outclass Bate Borisov who still have a chance of finishing second in their group but were brushed aside 4-2 by Arsenal in the reverse fixture.

Arsenal were comprehensively beaten 3-1 by Man U last weekend and Arsene Wenger will presumably be more focussed on Sunday’s trip to Southampton.

However, Arsenal’s XI looks strong enough in the circumstances with most notably Wilshere starting:

Arsenal

13 Ospina
2 Debuchy
21 Chambers
16 Holding
30 Maitland-Niles
35 El Neny
34 Coquelin
14 Walcott
10 Wilshere
23 Welbeck
12 Giroud

It’s the first of the ‘rush hour’ matches for Arsenal which sees the side play four times in just 10 days but Wenger seems keen for them to make a statement after Saturday’s defeat.

He said: “I was very angry to have lost Saturday’s game, especially because we produced a quality performance with desire,” he said in his pre-match programme notes.

“The best way to deal with the situation is to turn up with a series of consistent performances, starting from tonight.

“My team selection won’t be affected too much by the fact that we’ve already won the group.

“I have many players available who need competition.

“Next week we go into a spell with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players. We’ll play quite an experienced team tonight.”

Arsenal v BATE Borisov
UEFA Europa League Group Stage
20:05 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD

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(Maximum 10 matches)
Sep 2017 EUROPA LEAGUE Bate Borisov 2-4 Arsenal

Bate’s slim chances were dependent on the Arsenal team news and with this in mind I can’t look beyond Wenger’s men and will back them to be in the lead at both HT and FT at around 10/11 with Star Sports.


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