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Arsenal Vs Mould preview and prediction

Timothy Aiyeku

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The English Premier League outfit Arsenal will return to action for the Europa League clash against Mould in a high spirit after defeating Man United by 1-0 at Old Trafford last weekend.

Arsenal have enjoyed a smooth ride so far with a six points advantage over other group B members and will be looking to have it extended on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium.

Both teams know the importance of winning this game to their qualifications to the next round and will want to field a strong squad to win before the second leg.

It won’t be a surprise to see Bernd Leno in between the sticks for the game. A compact midfield of Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey, and Granit Xhaka is expected in the starting lineup.

Mustafi is in line to have a starting role along side Gabriel Magalhaes at the defence for the must-win game. The Brazilian has established himself in the Gunners team and will find it difficult to be replaced at the moment.

Nicolas Pepe scored a brilliant one lasy week and has been blamed for lack of consistency in his delivery, despite having the potentials. Mikel Arteta has promised to help the former Lille winger and this is another for him to find his mojo.

The target for the Spanish boss is to win the Europa League and that may be another automatic qualification to the Champions League.

Arsenal failed to make the mark on the Premier League table to secure qualification for the current Europa League but their FA Cup victory gave them the automatic ticket.

Arsenal possible starting against Molde

Bernd Leno, Shkodan Mustafi, Gabriel Magalhaes, Sead Kolasinac, Cedric Soares, Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah, Riess Nelson

Molde possible starting lineup:

Linde; Wingo, Bjornbak, Gregersen, Haugen; Aursnes, Eikrem, Ellingsen; Hestad, Omoijuanfo, Brynhildsen

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.