At the start of the season, there were some uncertainties as to how new manager Unai Emery would be able to perform at Arsenal and it seemed that nothing could help Arsenal after they lost their two opening fixtures of the Premier League. However, they quickly turned things around now having won all of their last seven matches under Emery.
One of those wins included a 4-2 victory in the opening fixture of the UEFA Europa League at the Emirates against Vorskla in which fans saw superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score twice and Danny Welbeck get off the mark, with Bernt Leno making his debut in goal.
Qarabag FK, whom Arsenal will be traveling to Azerbaijan to play against, is too in fine form. They have won their last three consecutive league matches and will have an almost fully-fit squad, with the absence of Dani Quintana due to a ligament injury.
Arsenal fans will get to see Leno take goal again as Petr Cech has been ruled out due to injury. Stephan Lichtsteiner will start at right-back instead of the usual Hector Bellerin. Young players Matteo Gendouzi, Mohamad Elneny, and Granit Xhaka will make up the midfield with an even younger attack looking to line-up the pitch with the likes of Smith Rowe, Danny Welbeck, and Nigerian international Alex Iwobi. Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey have been left behind in London while Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Özil are to start on the bench. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not joined the squad due to political issues between the host country Azerbaijan and his home country Armenia.
Qarabag FK will need at least a point in this match to ensure survival and a possibility at making it to the knockout stages. The match will be shown on CBC Sport in Azerbaijan, BT Sport 2 in the UK, and on Galavision in the US at 20:55 (8:55 PM) Baku Time, 17:55 (5:55 PM) GMT, or 12:55 PM Eastern Time.