Arsenal at Bate Borisov Injury Report: Aubameyang, Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka, Sokratis

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Arsenal FC reconvene their European campaign in the UEFA Europa League, a competition where they have very favorable odds of winning it all. Out of the entire field of 32, only arch-rival Chelsea is being backed with better odds of claiming the trophy, and with it an automatic berth in next season’s Champions League.

The north London side has plenty of obstacles to overcome toward reaching that glory though. They have a growing list of short term injuries, to go along with their collection of long term absentees. Here’s where we stand heading into the Thursday night clash at Bate Borisov.

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Midfielder Mesut Ozil and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both missed the weekend win over Huddersfield Town due to illness, but the pair should both be in contention to feature in the starting lineup versus the Belarus champions.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey, whose move to Juventus was just made official yesterday, has a knee issue that makes him a doubt. The knee problem is regarded to be minor, but manager Unai Emery may not risk him. Likewise for fellow midfielder Granit Xhaka, who could use some rest and recovery time to deal with his groin issue.

Elsewhere defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is still at least a couple weeks away. Meanwhile Hector Bellerin, ?Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck have all been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Arsenal FC at Bate Borisov UEFA Europa League Round of 32 FYIs

Kickoff: Thursday, February 14, 5:55pm, Borisov Arena

Arsenal starting XI prediction: go to this link

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Odds via Betfair: Arsenal 2/5, Draw 18/5, Bate Borisov 11/2

Odds via Bet365 to win UEL tournament: Chelsea 4/1, Arsenal 6/1, Napoli 6/1, Inter 10/1, Sevilla 12/1

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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  1. Trecor Dearling says:

    I am at a complete loss to understand the escalating problems with the ream, and their funding problem.. Football is a competitive sport. Do owners have a motivation for owning a top football team.
    To’make money , to be a complate success in all they try? Mr Kroenk, Arsenaland you are heading in the wrong direction

  2. Robert Baker says:

    such a great shame for such a brilliant club. If I want to do something, I want it to be perfect, surely any owner of a football club, especially one with the history of success Arsenal carry along with the huge fan base the club has, would want nothing more than to add to the history of winning trophies and leave there name imprinted as one of the most successful owners of that club for hundred of years to come. Club legend aren’t just born from being on the pitch, it’s the men behind such memorable teams. He has the money to be the biggest legend ever for this club, but the truth and sadness of it is he doesn’t give a shit about football in this country, he sure doesn’t care what we feel.

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