03 December 2020 18:47
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - Sport - Arsenal Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Mikel Arteta is expected to make 10 changes to the team which lost 2-1 to Wolves as Arsenal host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League. The Gunners suffered their third consecutive home loss in the Premier League on Sunday and their forward line struggled in front of goal once again. But one competition where Arsenal have been in fine form is the Europa League, in which they top Group B with four wins from four. A 3-0 win at Molde last week wrapped up qualification to the last 32, so Gunners boss Arteta will be able to rest some of his stars against Rapid Vienna ahead of Sunday's derby clash with Tottenham. Sead Kolasinac provides another option at left-back after recovering from coronavirus, though David Luiz will miss out after suffering a head injury against Wolves.
Nelson and Pepe were amongst the goals against Molde, while the latter continues to serve a three-match ban in the Premier League. Arteta has preferred Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a central role in recent games, meaning Lacazette has had to settle for a starting role in the Europa League. Arsenal predicted starting XI: Runarsson; Cedric, Mustafi, Holding, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Elneny; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nelson; Lacazette. What is your prediction for Arsenal versus Rapid Vienna? Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip.
As a result Nicolas Pepe, who still has two games left of his Premier League suspension, should start on the right and Reiss Nelson is likely to be on the other flank. Arsenal predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Runarsson; Cedric, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles; Elneny, Willock; Pepe, Lacazette, Nelson; Nketiah. Arsenal squad from: Leno, Macey, Runarsson; Bellerin, Cedric, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Mustafi, Tierney; Azeez, Ceballos, Cottrell, Maitland-Niles, Smith Rowe, Willock, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Balogun, Nelson, Nketiah, Lacazette and Pepe. ARSENAL face Rapid Vienna at the Emirates tonight as they continue their Europa League challenge. Mikel Arteta's side are going through a rotten run of form in the Premier League, but in Europe have already qualified for the knockout stages. 2 Arteta's side have won all four of their Europa League matches Credit: Reuters When is Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna? David Luiz likely won't play following the head injury he sustained in the collision with Raul Jimenez against Wolves. Arsenal host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday evening, with 2,000 supporters set to enter the Emirates Stadium. However, they will also be hoping to return to winning ways, having fallen to a 2-1 defeat in their Premier League game with Wolves last weekend. Despite that disappointing showing, Arsenal will expect to repeat their win over Rapid Vienna from the first round of the group stage. Arsenal will be without a number of players as Thomas Partey's thigh injury is worse than first thought, with his return likely to be delayed. Nicolas Pepe should be in the starting XI amid his domestic suspension, while Reiss Nelson – who was dropped for Willian at the weekend in spite of his impressive performance at Molde – is expected to play on the opposite flank. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued to struggle against Wolves despite playing in a more central position, and so could make way for Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah. As for the visitors, midfield duo Dejan Petrovic and Dejan Ljubicic are close to returning to play, but Arsenal's match will come too soon for both players. Big changes are not likely, but Taxiarchis Fountas did make an appearance in the Vienna derby on Sunday and should start on Thursday. Arsenal: Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Elneny, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Lacazette. The 18-year-old midfielder could make his senior debut for the Gunners in the coming weeks after an impressive rise through the club's academy ranks Azeez has long been viewed within Arsenal's academy as a player with the potential to go to become a star. He is now training with the senior squad on a regular basis and travelled to Norway last week where he was an unused substitute as the Gunners beat Molde 3-0 to guarantee passage through to the Europa League knockout stages. With qualification now secured, Azeez has every chance of making his senior debut - either against Rapid Vienna on Thursday night or in the final group game at Dundalk in a week's time.