Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal: Europa League – LIVE!

Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal – LIVE!

Arsenal get their Europa League group stage campaign underway tonight against Rapid Vienna in Austria.

Mikel Arteta‘s Gunners secured Europa qualification thanks to victory in last season’s FA Cup final, having only finished eighth in the Premier League.

Under Unai Emery, the north Londoners reached the Europa final in 2019 but crashed out at the round-of-32 last season in dramatic fashion against Olympiacos.

Follow all the build-up, action and reaction below…

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Team news

Arsenal could hand a full debut to Thomas Partey when they take on Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Gunners open their European campaign in Austria and deadline-day signing Partey has travelled, having made his debut off the bench in Saturday’s Premier League defeat at Manchester City.

Willian (calf) and Dani Ceballos (ankle) have not travelled but Shkodran Mustafi is part of the group following his hamstring complaint as Rob Holding (hamstring), Pablo Mari (ankle), Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli (both knee) all miss out through injury.

Arsenal provisional squad: Leno, Runarsson, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Gabriel, Luiz, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Tierney, Saka, Elneny, Partey, Willock, Xhaka, Nelson, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Europa League clash between Rapid Vienna and Arsenal.

Stick with us for all the build-up, action and reaction.

Kick off is at 5.55pm BST.

Kick-off time and venue

Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 5.55pm BST kick-off tonight.

The match will be behind closed doors at Allianz Stadion in Vienna.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 5:15pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Team news

Thomas Partey is in line to make his first start for the club. The Ghana international made his debut against Manchester City at the weekend after coming off the bench, but now looks ready to play from the start.

Arteta has vowed to take the Europa League seriously this season and wants to win it. The Spaniard’s team selection should reflect that against Vienna and, despite making changes, it is likely to be a strong team that plays in Austria.

Shkodran Mustafi is pushing to start in defence after returning from injury, but is likely to be on the bench.

Mohamed Elneny is expected to start in midfield as Dani Ceballos is injured, while Reiss Nelson could get a rare chance to shine on the right. Eddie Nketiah or Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line.

Arsenal predicted XI (3-4-3): Leno; Luiz, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Cedric, Elneny, Partey, Maitland-Niles; Nelson, Nketiah, Saka.

Prediction: Rapid Vienna 1-3 Arsenal

Rapid Vienna have made an excellent start to the domestic season with three wins and a draw in their opening four games but Arsenal should have too much firepower, with some of their youngsters keen to impress.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

This will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.

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