We are all happy that Arsenal managed to topple the Belarus minnows BATE on Thursday, but now we we only have three days to recover before taking on one of our traditional bogey teams, Southampton, at the Emirates. The Saints are drawn into the dogfight for the last relegation spot and are fighting for their lives, but Ralph Hasenhuttl has made them a very hard team to beat since his arrival.
So this week
Arsenal’s team has been announced for tonight´s Europa League encounter with BATE Borisov, with a strong team set out to overturn last week’s deficit.
The Gunners lost the away leg 1-0, and will have to win tonight’s match by two clear goals, or we may well find ourselves eliminated on away goals, which would be devastating.
As we all know Arsenal are going through a run of awful performances which culminated in our defeat to lowly BATE last week, but Unai Emery has promised to stick to his “gameplay” despite the recent performances. He told Arsenal.com: “It was a bad result last week, but the team worked with our planning and we had chances to score and every chance we need to improve tomorrow. We need to continue with our gameplay despite the bad result. Tomorrow we must manage 90 minutes with the result to get a good result for us, but knowing that this is 1-0 we need to be very consistent. We also need to get into their box, find the best positions to score and be efficient.
Eight years ago today, Arsenal beat the mighty Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League, but those great European days are becoming a distant memory and we have now been relegated to playing in the Europa League. We should really be making mincemeat of most of the clubs in the second tier competition, but right now Arsenal have certainly made things hard for themselves after losing 1-0 to BATE in Belarus last week.
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The Arsenal team has finally been confirmed for the trip up north, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ruled out as touted.
The Gabon international is claimed to be suffering with an illness, as announced by Unai Emery on Thursday, and he has failed to be named in the final 18 man match-day squad today.
Mesut Ozil is finding it very hard to get a start in Emery’s first team at the moment with the boss seeming to think that he simply doesn’t fit into his system. The arrival last week of Denis Suarez could have pushed Ozil even further from Emery’s plans as the boss is desperate to use a winger. But now today we have the injury news from Arsenal and the boss now has yet another option.