Posted on September 28, 2017 by ADMIN

BATE Borisov v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal make the long trip to Belarus today to take on Bate Borisov in today’s Europa League group match.

The Gunners come into the game with impressive form, but having left a large number of first-team stars in England, they may struggle tonight.

Arsene Wenger is believed to have opted to leave behind as many as nine regular starters, while others are also ruled out through injury.

Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin are all sidelined, while Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette are all said to have been left in England.

We appear to be prioritising our Premier League fixtures over the away matches in the Europa, and while winning all our home matches should put us comfortably through to the next stage, our fringe players will not be going out tonight without the intention of three points.

Predicted XI:

Holding  Mertesacker  Mustafi
Debuchy  Elneny  Wilshere  Maitland-Niles
Walcott  Nelson

The match-up will kick off at 6PM GMT, and this side should have more than enough ability and experience to come away from Belarus with all three points.

Jack Wilshere will most likely be happy to come out of the match unscathed, but beyond that he should be looking to use this match as a platform to build his season around.

Nelson will hopefully get his chance to impress in his more natural attacking position also, which he will hopefully relish, and I hope the powerful atmosphere in Borisov doesn’t overcome the youngster.

I’m going with a hard-fought 2-1 win, with Walcott adding to his goal from the League Cup.

Does this line-up have enough guile to come away from Belarus with the win? Would Wenger be happy with a draw? Can we afford to take such liberties at this early stage of the group phase?

Pat J

22 thoughts on “BATE Borisov v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

  1. Redmau5

    There’s 5 teams miles better than us in the league
    So we haven’t a prayer .
    We have to focus on Europa league
    My worry …Tottenham’s group looks like Dortmund are dropping into Europa
    As are one of Roma or athletico

    So really we are in no man’s land .
    United end up winning Europa with dead teams as opponents

    We though….who fancies the fa cup??

    1. tas

      yes your right about the five teams now but one or two of them don’t have depth in their squad so lets see in February what happens like it always happened to us when we were in the CL

  2. arsenal4life

    Yes from day one this season
    Wenger has been playing
    the “A” team in the league
    and playing the “B” and “C”
    players in the cups.
    The ultimate goal is 4th place in the league
    which guarantees his 8 mill salary next season.
    For now the league is the priority so he plays the “A” players in the PL games.
    However next year if it looks like Arsenal will not make 4th place in the EPL
    Wenger will have no hesitation in switching the the “A” team to the Europa League.
    After all when 8 mill is at stake one needs to be flexible.

  3. tas

    add Belerein in your team (who i think don’t need the rest) then your line-up can then have a real fast game which will not suite Bata,

  4. Sue

    I hope we win. Not sure about the other team, so we’ll have to go for it. I just hope Arsene doesnt regret leaving all those players at home!!

  5. DarlingBudofArse

    Your probable lineup suggests how weak we are as a team. This is meant to be our back up team I’m assuming. Compare it with the top 4 second tier team and you’ll begin to understand the depth at which Mr Wenger has run down Arsenal! Why is he doing this to our beloved Arsenal?

    1. tas

      ask that to Stan its his club, company and and money, lets not forget he might not be good for arsenal but his one hell of a business man, i’m sure he must have a reason to run down maybe his getting ready to sell?

      1. tas

        President Trump has urged his top overseas business owners to bring back the money to USA with tax breaks, perfect time to sell we better all check to see if we have lose coins back of the sofa 🙂

          1. Admin

            Risen TO 400m…..
            eaked Arsenal financial report appears to show football turnover tops £400million for first time

            Profit of £44.8m includes reduced wage bill as failure to make the Champions League means lower bonuses

  6. Ronny

    Bate are very strong are home and on a solid undefeated run.
    Last team to beat Bate on their turf?
    Barca in the 2015/2016 cl, 0-2.

  7. stubill

    This team only beat Dundalk of the Irish league 1-0 at home, and lost to them 3-0 in Ireland.

    We should be looking for a big scoreline in our favour, 0-4+ to Arsenal, we should bury teams like this, but knowing us it’ll be a win by 1 or 2 goals.

  8. Rorie Day

    GK – Ospina
    RWB – Debuchy
    CB – Mustafi
    CB – Mertesaker
    CB – Holding
    LWB – Maitland-Niles
    CM – Willock
    CM – Wilshere
    ATM – Nelson
    ATM – Walcott
    ST – Giroud

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