Advantage Arsenal as Europa League opponents Eintracht Frankfurt complete major transfer

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Arsenal’s Europa League group stage opponents Eintracht Frankfurt reached the semi-final last season, and were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea on penalties.

But the Bundesliga side will field a very different line-up against the Gunners in the upcoming campaign after selling yet another attacking player.

Eintracht forward Ante Rebic has completed a move to AC Milan on a two-year loan, with the Serie A side having the option to make the move permanent at the end of the deal.

Andre Silva looks set to move the other way, too, with the Portuguese striker reportedly having overcome initial issues when completing his medical with the Bundesliga side.

Earlier in in the transfer window, Eintracht sporting director Bruno Huber had claimed the Bundesliga side were “still optimistic” of retaining Rebic’s services.

However, the Croatia international was criticised by his own manager following a poor performance in the first leg of the Europa League qualification play-offs against Strasbourg, in which he was substituted at half-time.

After the match, Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter said: “If he wants to stay here, I want him to show it. If not, we have to find a solution.

“When you play for Eintracht Frankfurt, I want you to give everything you’ve got. I didn’t see that from him today. We’ll sit down with him and talk plainly.”

Frankfurt’s excellent season last year was heavily reliant on the attacking trio of Rebic, Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller.

Haller, who has already enjoyed an excellent start to his West Ham career, scored 20 goals in all competitions for Eintracht last season, while Jovic netted 25 and Rebic, 10.

However, with Jovic and Haller already sold to Real Madrid and West Ham respectively, the exit of Rebic means Arsenal may just be thankful that they are taking on an Eintracht Frankfurt side which lacks the firepower of 2018/19.

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