Arsenal have flown through their previous two Europa League matches, scoring seven times and allowing just two goals in those matches. However, their next Europa League fixture might not be so easy as they take on Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. Both teams are top of their group and have similar forms, with Arsenal undefeated in their last ten matches while Sporting Lisbon has won four of their last six. Arsenal will be looking to make that eleven matches undefeated while Sporting Lisbon will try to secure their position at the top of their group.
For the visitors, Arsenal, they will look to field a strong, Premier League-type squad, given the strength of Sporting Lisbon compared to previous Europa League opponents. This may mean that the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Sokratis Papastathopoulos could find themselves in the starting line-up. Otherwise, Leno will have to stay in goal due to the absence of injured Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are still being missed for the same reason.
Along with Ramsey and Sokratis, the usual Europa League starters should be seen taking the field, which means the inclusion of Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding, Stephan Lichsteiner in for the injured Monreal, Matteo Gendouzi, and Nigerian-international Alex Iwobi. Danny Welbeck will also be looking for a start despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s flaring form.
Unfortunately, Sporting Lisbon too have their injury troubles. Bas Dost and Raphinha will definitely miss this match while it may be too early for Fredy Montero and ex-Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu to recover. The Portuguese side will look towards winger Nani for support in playing an effective role in troubling the Gunners, Nani, who possesses four goals from nine matches this season and an equal amount of assists.
The Round Three Europa League fixture will commence at 19:55 (7:55 PM) GMT or 12:55 EST. The match will be broadcasted live on BT Sport in the UK or on Univision Deportes in the US.