Arsenal vs Vitoria | Europa League preview and starting line-up

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Arsenal are looking to bounce back on Thursday night as they host Vitoria de Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners fell to a shock 1-0 Premier League defeat at Sheffield United on Monday night as Unai Emery’s side continue to frustrate despite their obvious potential.

Emery has been heavily criticised since that setback, but Thursday’s Europa League tie against Portuguese club Vitoria SC offers the chance of another soothing European win.

The Gunners are sitting pretty with two wins out of two from Group F, but anything less than a convincing victory would heap more pressure on Emery.

Europa League preview

Arsenal vs Vitoria SC
Venue:Emirates Stadium
Kick-off time: 8pm BST, Thursday October 24

Team news and injuries

Arsenal will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz as Emery opts to rest the pair.

Neither trained on Wednesday, although Alexandre Lacazette was involved as he aims for a first start since undergoing ankle surgery in September.

Emery is likely to shuffle his pack for the game, although it remains to be seen if there is any place in the squad for Mesut Ozil, who has been controversially sidelined by the Gunners boss of late.

Expected line-ups

Arsenal (4-3-3): Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney; Ceballos, Torreira, Willock; Maitland-Niles, Martinelli, Smith Rowe.

Vitoria SC (4-3-3): Silva; Sacko, Tapsoba, Henrique, Hanin; Poha, Agu, Evangelista; Edwards, Bonatini, Davidson.

 

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