Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna confirmed line-ups: Team news ahead of Europa League fixture tonight

Bella Butler
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 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday evening, with 2,000 supporters set to enter the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s players will welcome the return of fans who have been unable to visit the Gunners’ home for nine months during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

The Gunners have already booked their place in the round of 32, while Vienna sit third in Group B heading into the penultimate round of fixtures.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the match:

When is it?

The game kicks off at 8pm BST on Thursday 3 December.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Subscribers can also stream the match via the BT Sport website or app.

What is the team news?

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. Sead Kolasinac is still self-isolating due to his positive Covid-19 test, while Gabriel Martinelli is just returning to training following his knee injury.

David Luiz is also out following his collision with Raul Jiminez on Sunday, which left the Wolves player with a fractured skull. 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. After scoring against Arsenal in their last clash in October, he will be dreaming of doing the same at the Emirates.

Line-ups

Arsenal: Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Mari, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Elneny, Pepe, Nketiah, Lacazette

Rapid Vienna (predicted): Gartler, Stojkovic, Hofmann, Barac, Ullmann, Grahovac, Knasmullner, Schick, Demir, Fountas, Kara

Odds

Arsenal – 40/85

Draw – 4/1

Rapid Vienna – 4/1

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