This is The Gunners 4th straight season in Europe. Last season, they were knocked out in the round of 32 by Olympiacos as such, Mikel Arteta has hinted that he would take this Season’s European football seriously. These 2 sides do not have any footballing history as this is the first time they are coming up against each other.
The Austrian outfit will be much relaxed coming into this game as they are the clear underdogs in this contest, expect them to present a very strong Line up for this clash. Rapid Vienna have a number of injured players, meaning the side will have to do without Tamas Szanto, Philipp Schobesberger, Christopher Dibon, and Dalibor Velimirovic. However, they have been in excellent form in the Austrian Bundesliga and are one of only three unbeaten teams in the country’s top flight.
Possible Line-up; Strebinger; Barac, Ritzmaier, Fountas, Grahovac; Hofmann, Stojkovic, Kara, Ullmann, Arase; Ljubicic
The Gunners will be boosted by the return of Shkodran Mustafi from injury, with the defender in line to make his first appearance for the season, but he might have to settle for a place on the bench. Rob Holding is out for at least 3 weeks after sustaining an injury in the warm-up to Man City’s game at the weekend. Dani Ceballos picked up a knock at the weekend so we expect him to sit out this one. New signing Thomas Partey looks set to make his first start for the Gunners in midfield. He is likely to be paired with Mohammed Elneny. Willian is out with a Calf strain. Upfront, Lacazette should get the nod in attack after being left on the bench against Man City.
Possible Line-up; Leno, Cedric, Luiz, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Elneny, Partey, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, Lacazette, Nelson
WHAT TO KNOW!
* This is Arsenal’s fourth straight season in the Europa League.
*They finished in the semi-final in the 2017/2018 season, finished runners up in the 2018/2019 season, and were eliminated in the Round of 32 in the 2019/2020 season.
*Bukayo Saka was the Gunners’ most prolific player in the Europa League last season with 2 goals and 5 assists.
KICKOFF TIME: 5:55pm (WAT)
Based on our current form, I tip the Gunners to get their European campaign off with a winning start.
Our Prediction: Rapid Vienna 1- 3 Arsenal
Match Preview by Patrick Alexander