Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction vs Vitoria Guimaraes (UEL)


Given who played and who did not play in Arsenal’s Premier League loss at Sheffield United on Monday night, you can probably count on four players being in the first team against Vitoria SC tomorrow night. Likely to be in the starting XI Thursday, for the UEFA Europa League group stage contest are Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, Rob Holding and Lucas Torreira.

You can probably bet on Mesut Ozil being left out again, because well, it’s just how Arsenal manager Unai Emery rolls. Although that storyline has certainly grown tiresome, it still does leave us wondering.

I mean we’ve seen the weaknesses in the Gunners midfield fully exposed time and time again. Could a player as accomplished as Ozil really be that much worse?

Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction vs Vitoria SC

Gabriel Martinelli     Bukayo Saka     Nicolas Pepe

Lucas Torreira    Dani Ceballos   Joe Willock   

Ainsley Maitland-Niles    Rob Holding     Shkodran Mustafi      Kieran Tierney

Emiliano Martinez

Vitoria SC at Arsenal FC  (UEFA Europa League Group stage) FYIs

Team news for both sides: go to this link

Kickoff: 8 BST, Oct 24, Emirates Stadium

TV: BT Sport 2

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Group L Standings: Arsenal first with 6 points, Vitoria last with 0 points

Prediction: Arsenal 5, Vitoria 0

It’s not a road game, so you can feel confident in picking the Gunners. Against a very injury-riddled side from a much smaller club, look for Arsenal to roll in this one big time.

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  1. Ajirenike Oluremi paul says

    Emery can’t take our club to any level. This man is not a coach at all. How on earth he’s keeping Ozil out of play. I want this man to be sacked.

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