Arsenal vs. FC Zurich: Europa League – Predicted Lineup, Bench & Score


The perfect set-up for Arsenal to get back into gear heading into the final few weeks before the World Cup break. First 5-0 win since Arsene Wenger’s days. Martinelli’s goal now puts him in the top 50 goals of all time for Arsenal. And Mr. Reiss Nelson? What a moment for Bukayo Saka and deliver what we have longed to see from him. This double already makes this his most successful season in the Premier League. Now a chance on Thursday, at home, for the squad to respond to PSV’s defeat and secure top spot in Group A.

After four games, FC Zurich had zero points, bottom of the group. But a 94th-minute goal at home to Bodo/Glimt saw them pick up three points and suddenly they are fighting for the Europa Conference League. Ideally, Arsenal would have had Zurich arrive at the Emirates with nothing to play for. So expect more of a tussle than the road leg, especially considering they’re last in their domestic league, so they should throw everything into this game as well.

Prediction XI

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  1. Gabriel Jesus
  2. Khayon Edwards
  3. Martin Odegaard
  4. Bradley Ibrahim
  5. Martinelli
  6. Thomas Partey
  7. Matt Smith
  8. Ben White
  9. Guillem Saliba
  10. Cedric
  11. Aaron Ramsdale
  12. Karl Hein
  • Excluded: Bukayo Saka (injury), Emile Smith Rowe (injury), Mohamed Elneny (injury) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (injury)
  • I know Mikel Arteta’s tendency is to keep playing most of his first-choice players on repeat. However, I really think he sets up well on Thursday to allow the likes of Rob Holding, Keiran Tierney, Sambi Lokonga, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira to make amends for a poor performance in Eindhoven last week. This squad can beat FC Zurich and more than the fans want to see, they will want to prove it.
  • And while a win is important to secure top spot, Arteta doesn’t need to lead with Jesús, Martinelli, Partey and Odegaard. Keep them in the bank until needed. Ideally that never happens and they are all fresh for what is a big London derby on Sunday.
  • Apart from last week’s result over Bodo/Glimt, FC Zurich don’t offer much in attack. Five goals in five Europa league games and just nine goals in 14 domestic league games. It was hoped that by this time Arsenal would have secured top spot and that a number of under-21 players would get a chance to start or at least play in the second half. A strong first half can still make those appearances come true in the final 45 minutes.

How to look

Thursday (3/11) at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT on Paramount+ and TUDN.

prediction

Arsenal – 3

Zurich FC – 0

Like the weekend win against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal and the fans at the Emirates on Thursday night know the importance of a quick start. The Gunners are in front with a multi-goal lead at the break, rest Xhaka, Gabriel and Tomiyasu in the second half and turn the spotlight on Chelsea.


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