Arsenal will be taking a trip to Stade Maurice Durasne after registering their first win since 46 days in all competitions against West Ham in the Premier League. However, Freddie Ljungberg will be expected to transpire that momentum into the Europa League in order to beat Standard Liege and remain on top of Group F. Arenal in their last Europa League fixture hosted Frankfurt and was on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat which got Unai Emery the sack.
The club from North London currently has 10 points on board and is a point ahead of Frankfurt while being three points away from Standard Liege. Therefore, the upcoming fixture becomes all the more important for both sides in order to advance to the next round.
Date- Thursday, December 12 | Kick-Off- 11:25 PM (IST) | Venue- Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Anthony Limbombe, Orlando Sa and Noe Dussenne are all out injured for the hosts. Konstantinos Laifis, M’Poku and Mergim Vojvoda will be aware of the fact that they’re one booking away from missing the next game in the Europa League.
Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are both ruled out due to a shoulder and hamstring issue respectively which they sustained against West Ham. Granit Xhaka also got a knock to his head on Monday night and is set to miss out for the Gunners. Ljungberg could opt for David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guenouzi to start for the visitors. Shkodran Mustafi is undergoing suspension due to an accumulation of bookings.
Standard Liege– Bodart; Gavory; Laifis, Vanheusden, Vojovoda; Lestienne, Cimiro, M’Poku, Bastien, Carcela-Gonzalez; Emond
Arsenal- Martinez; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Luiz, Kolasinac; Willock, Guendouzi; Saka, Rowe, Nelson; Lacazette
Maxime Lestienne has been one of the standouts for Standard Liege this season. Lestienne has two goals in the Europa League while also having six goals under his belt in the Jupiler League.
Gabriel Martinelli has impressed in the Europa League for Arsenal and is also fresh from a goal in the Premier League against West Ham in the last game. The Brazilian has three goals and an assist in the European Competition.
Zinho Vanheysden in defence has done well for Standard Liege this season. Vanheusden has a goal to his name along with a pass accuracy of 85%
Bukayo Saka in midfield has also been in good form when it comes to the Europa League for Arsenal. Saka has a goal and three assists in the competition so far.
Goalkeeper- E Martinez
Defenders- C Chambers, A M Niles, N Gavory, M Vojvoda
Midfielders- J Willock, B Saka, M Lestienne, P M’Poku
Forwards- G Martinelli (C), R Emond
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