Eintracht vs Arsenal:
Kick-off: Thursday, September 19 – 7.55pm(Eat).
The Europa League kicks off this week and on the first matchday, the biggest highlight will be the Eintracht vs Arsenal clash on Thursday.
The Gunners have been pitched in Group F of the UEFA Europa League, But Arsenal drew their previous league match vs Watford.
Eintracht have made a very good start to the 2019-20 season especially in the Europa League playoff(winning all six matches).
Eintracht v Arsenal: Match preview
The Europa League has returned and matchday one between finalists and semi-finalists from last season’s competition.
Arsenal, were thrashed 4-1 in Baku by London rivals Chelsea in the 2019 final, Unai Emery’s men lost out narrowly on Champions League qualification through the Premier League before missing out at last chance saloon in Azerbaijan.
The Gunners will hope to regain their seat at Europe’s top table through their league performance, not that they are with a three-time Europa League winner Emery.
Arsenal strengthened significantly in the summer with £72million winger Nicolas Pepe, Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney, the on-loan arrival of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid and the shock purchase of David Luiz from Chelsea.
While Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck have since gone, and Emery will likely rotate once more in the Europa League group stages.
Defenders Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding, all sidelined through injury to start the campaign are nearing full fitness and could get a look in.
Meanwhile Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Tyreece John-Jules, Gabriel Martinelli, Zech Medley and Emile Smith Rowe are back to full fitness and will all hope to benefit from squad rotation.
Front three of Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette may be left out for the trip to Germany particularly given the match begins a run of three games in six days.
Frankfurt defeated Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica over two legs last season before crashing out to eventual winners Chelsea in a penalty shootout at the semi-final stage.
Injuries & Suspensions:
Russ (Achilles tendon) – Ruled Out.
de Guzman (muscular) – Doubtful.
Gacinovic (groin) – Doubtful.
Lacazette (ankle) – Ruled Out.
Mavropanos (groin) – Ruled Out.
Bellerin (cruciate ligaments) – Ruled Out.
Tierney (hip) – Ruled Out.
Eintracht v Arsenal: Key Stats
- Eintracht’s last three meetings with English opponents have all finished level, with the German side drawing 1-1 with Chelsea in both legs of last season’s Europa League semi-final, before being eliminated on penalties.
- Arsenal have lost their last four away European games against German opponents, scoring twice and conceding 13 in the process.
- In Champions League and Europa League combined, Arsenal haven’t been eliminated at the first group stage since the 1999-00 Champions League.
- Including qualifiers, Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last 16 home games in European competition since a 1-2 defeat against Palermo in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.