Arsenal returns to Europe hoping to make it two wins in two matches when they welcome Dundalk to the Emirates on Thursday in Matchday 2 of the group stage.
Arsenal’s form has declined considerably since a good start to the season. The Gunners have lost 3 games in just six games so far this season the latest been at home to Leicester City on Sunday. While the defence remains strong, Arsenal attack seems to have declined with so much indecisiveness in the final third. The Gunners registered just a single attempt at goal in the second half against the Foxes. Recall that Arsenal struggled to a 1-2 win away at Rapid Wien in Matchday 1 of the Europa League.
Dundalk too are not any better as they have failed to win in 4 of their past 5 matches, losing the last 3 including their Match day 1 home defeat to Molde.
This is the first time Arsenal will be facing Dundalk, frankly speaking, this is the first time a top Premier League team will be going up against Irish opposition in UEFA Competition.
Arsenal has a couple of injury concerns which David Luiz the latest absentee on Thursday, this means a first start might be inevitable for Mustafi who replaced Luiz in their defeat against Leicester City.
Elneny might be destined to a consecutive Europa league start with Ceballos and Partey looking likely to partner the Egyptian. Both Nelson and Nketiah might also have a chance to start the game.
Unlike Arsenal, Dundalk does not have any fresh fitness issues to debate ahead of the visit to the Emirates.
KICKOFF TIME: 21:00 (WAT)
Arsenal: Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Elneny, Willock, Nelson, Pepe, Nketiah
Dundalk: Rogers, Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Leahy, Shields, Sloggett, Colovic, Murray, Duffy, Hoban.
Our Prediction: Arsenal 2 – 0 Dundalk
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