03 December 2020 22:35
It's been a hell of a week for Celtic supporters and they'll need to wait until the weekend for things to get better. Neil Lennon's men chucked away a 2-0 lead against AC Milan in the San Siro to eventually lose 4-2. Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic in front with a quick double salvo but their joy was to be short-lived. A free-kick from Hakan Calhanoglu caught Vasilis Barkas wrong-footed to halve the deficit before Samu Castillejo's close-range finish looped up and in off the crossbar amid some comical defending. Up and coming Norwegian talent Jens Petter Hauge was impressive throughout and he grabbed the go-ahead goal for Milan just five minutes after the restart.
It was a beautiful goal but looked easy because of the defending - and it was the same story for the fourth as the away defence stood and watched substitute Brahim Diaz dink home the final blow. Arsenal welcome Austrian side Rapid Vienna to London this week in the fifth round of Europa League fixtures. The Gunners sit comfortably atop Group B with a perfect record and need only a point from their remaining two fixtures to guarantee qualification for the round of 32. After slumping to yet another disappointing loss on domestic shores, Mikel Arteta's side will be looking bounce back immediately by securing passage to the next round. Their Thursday night opponents have struggled for consistency on all fronts and currently lie in third in the Austrian Bundesliga.
What time is kick-off? Arsenal v Rapid Vienna will kick off at 8pm. There are numerous Europa League games taking place this week including LASK v Tottenham. Never miss a match! Sign up for football updates direct to your inbox Thanks!
If you already have BT Broadband, you can add BT TV and Sport to your existing contract from just £15 per month. You can add the 'Big Sport' package for £40 per month which includes all BT Sport and 11 Sky Sports channels via a NOW TV pass. How to live stream Arsenal v Rapid Vienna online You can watch the match with a BT Sport monthly pass without signing up to a contract. Regular subscribers can also stream matches via the BT Sport website or BT Sport app on a variety of devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets. Arsenal v Rapid Vienna team news Arsenal: Arteta could look to rotate some of his youngsters into the side in a bid to give his more established starters a break. David Luiz is likely to miss out after his sickening clash of heads with Raul Jimenez at the weekend. Sead Kolisinac and Gabriel Martinelli remain sidelined. Rapid Vienna: The Austrian outfit have been plagued by a number of long term injuries leaving their squad looking thin on the ground. All eyes will be on top scorer Ercan Kara – who also has the most assists for the side – as he bids to work his magic against the Gunners. Arsenal snuck by Vienna in the away fixture but should be far more at ease with home comforts to look forward to. Arteta will be hoping for a no-fuss, professional performance at the Emirates. Our prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Rapid Vienna Check out our relaunched Football Times podcast featuring special guests, FPL tips and match previews available on Apple / Spotify / Acast. For the full breakdown of what games are coming up check out our Premier League fixtures on TV guide. If you're looking for something else to watch check out our TV Guide. Arsenal are already into the knockout stages of the Europa League with two games remaining in the group stage. The first of that pair is today, when Rapid Wien travel to the Emirates. The Gunners "magic number" for winning the group is a point gained or Wien dropping a point, so a result today locks up first in the group. The visitors are tied on 6 points with Molde, fighting for second in the group. When Arsenal traveled to Vienna in late October, it took post-70th minute goals from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 4 minutes apart to lift the squad to victory. Mikel Arteta had to use his full complement of 5 subs and bring on several first choice players to overcome a feisty Rapid Wien side that had staked themselves to a 1-0 lead. The Emirates will play host to 2000 fans today, the first match with spectators in attendance since March. Arsenal also become the first Premier League team in England to have supporters back in the stadium, so all eyes will be on the Emirates for how they've decided to handle the crowd control logistics. Mikel Arteta should use Arsenal's comfortable position in the group to give some of the younger players a start and significant minutes. I'm sure the fans in attendance will be happy to see the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, and Folarin Balogun take the pitch. David Luiz is unavailable for today's match; according to the club, the cut on his head from his nasty collision with Raul Jimenez will take "some days" to heal and will keep him out. Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are both making appearances for the Arsenal youth sides, but are not quite ready for first team action. Mari may be ready for next week's Europa League match. Chambers' timetable appears to be slightly behind Mari's, but he should be ready for first team action sometime this month. Gabriel Martinelli is aiming to get U23 playing time this month as well. [Update: obviously, Pablo Mari was further along than expected — he starts today] Sead Kolasinac has returned a negative COVID-19 test and will be available. I expect him to get a starting nod. Arsenal - Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Elneny, Pepe, Lacazette, Nketiah Alex Runarsson in goal Pablo Mari starts at the back! Eddie Nketiah leads the line #️⃣ #UEL — Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 3, 2020 Rapid Wien - Strebinger, Sonnleitner, Ritzmaier, Alar, Hofmann, Greim, Ullmann, Kitagawa, Arase, Schuster, Demir Unsere Start-1️⃣1️⃣ im heutigen Rückspiel gegen Arsenal FC. Live seid ihr ab 21:00 Uhr via DAZN und im Rapid App Ticker mit dabei!#SCR2020 #AFCSCR #UEL pic.twitter.com/ghaqY6TI3f — SK Rapid (@skrapid) December 3, 2020 WHAT: Arsenal vs. Rapid Wien WHERE: The Emirates WHEN: Thursday, December 3rd 12 PM PT | 3 PM ET | 8 PM BT US TV: Streaming on CBS-All Access ($$$) and FuboTV ($$$). Check LiveSoccerTV.com for all your international streaming needs. Please do not share or discuss links to illegal streams here. The Short Fuse has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. Fan of Arsenal, Robert Pires and most everything to do with rum and whiskey. Hello, and welcome to football.london's live coverage of Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, direct from the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners enter the match having already secured qualification to the round of 32, with a draw tonight enough to seal top spot in Group B. Mikel Arteta's side lost another Premier League match on Sunday against Wolves and will look to build some confidence ahead of this weekend's north London derby away to Tottenham. We'll have all the build up to the clash, including early team news, confirmed line ups and more, plus live updates and analysis throughout.