Arsenal XI vs FC Zurich: Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for Europa League game today

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 (ES Composite)
(ES Composite)

Emile Smith Rowe is absent as Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign away at FC Zurich this evening, with Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos afforded their first starts.

Smith Rowe, who struggled with a groin injury during pre-season, felt some discomfort during a warm-down after Arsenal’s defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

The youngster has duly missed training in the past few days and has not made the trip to Switzerland. “He felt some discomfort again in an area that he’s been dealing with now for a few weeks,” said Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.


“He wasn’t comfortable after the game and he hasn’t trained in the last few days, so he’s out of the squad.”

Smith Rowe is not Arsenal’s only injury issue, with Cedric Soares (knock), Mohamed Elneny (hamstring), Reiss Nelson (quad) and Thomas Partey (thigh) all out too.

It means Arteta names a fairly strong team tonight, with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Xhaka and Tierney all playing.

“We don’t have that many players available unfortunately because of the injuries we picked in the last few weeks,” said Arteta. “This is a competition that we want to take very seriously against an opponent that is going to make life difficult for us.

“We want to start the competition in the right way and maintain our momentum.”

Confirmed team news

Arsenal XI: Turner; Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel; Marquinhos, Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka; Tierney, Vieira, Nketiah, Martinelli

Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, White, Saka, Odegaard, Jesus, Saliba, Zinchenko, Cirjan, Smith, Cozier-Duberry

Thursday 5.45pm BST, BT Sport

Venue: Kybunpark

Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim

Arsenal squad from: Hein, Ramsdale, Turner; Gabriel, Holding, Saliba, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White, Zinchenko; Lokonga, Odegaard, Saka, Vieira, Xhaka; Jesus, Martinelli, Marquinhos and Nketiah.

Injured: Cedric (knock), Elneny (hamstring), Nelson (quad), Partey (thigh), Smith Rowe (groin)