Search

Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon: Europa League team news

PUBLISHED: 12:44 07 November 2018

Arsenal manager Unai Emery. PA

Arsenal manager Unai Emery. PA

PA Wire/PA Images

Arsenal reporter Layth Yousif has been running his expert eye over Unai Emery’s side during training at London Colney on Wednesday. Read the latest team news ahead of the Gunners hosting Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Arsenal host Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League at the Emirates on Thursday evening.

Victory in the Group E clash will confirm the Gunners qualification for the knock-out stages in the spring.

Progression will also have the benefit of allowing their final two matches against Vorskla in the Ukraine and Qarabag in North London to be used as a proving ground for the club’s talented youngsters while more experienced players are rested.

Lisbon arrive in N5 in a state of disarray after sacking their boss Jose Peseiro after losing to second-division Estoril in the League Cup which came hard on the heels of their 1-0 defeat to the Gunners at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in the Portuguese capital two weeks ago.

Danny Welbeck scored an excellent winner with a clinical finish and was hailed by the three daily national newspapers devoted entirely to sport, with O Jogo hailing him as the ‘Welbeck Express’.

However it is expected Unai Emery will heavily rotate his squad with Julio Pleguezuelo an option after making his debut against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.

Petr Cech will be back in goal after losing his first team No1 spot to Bernd Leno while Stephan Lichtsteiner will come in at right-back.

Left-back is still a problem area for Emery with Nacho Monreal nursing a hamstring injury but Sead Kolasinac returned their against Liverpool and trained this week – although Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also feature.

The Islington Gazette ran the rule over the side during their training session at London Colney on Wednesday morning noting that Monreal was being eased back into the squad by training by himself.

Mohamed Elneny was missing while Laurent Koscielny trained – although is still short of playing for the first team this week.

Highly-rated starlet Emile Smith Rowe should start behind lone striker Welbeck with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette rested despite also training midweek.

The impressive Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mhitaryan are set to feature on the flanks as Emery gives his squad a run-out.

See our website and Arsenal Facebook for more on this match and follow Gunners reporter Layth on Twitter @laythy29

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

21 minutes ago

The Belgian is aiming to help Spurs qualify for the Champions League round of 16 with a win away to Barcelona

10:00

Football manager beat actor Emily Atack to win this year’s series

Bostik Premier: Haringey Borough 1 Folkestone Invicta 0

A dominant second-half ensured Saracens’ incredible season rumbles on as they destroyed Cardiff Blues in a 51-25 success.

Yesterday, 18:53

Hendon fell to a fourth away defeat in their last five matches on the road after another disappointing display saw them beaten by two Basingstoke Town goals in the space of three first-half minutes.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Premier League: Leicester City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Unai Emery has been speaking after Arsenal’s late 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the Emirates. Read on for what he said about matchwinner Lucas Torreira as the Gunners made it 21 games unbeaten.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Arsenal hosted Huddersfield Town at the Emirates on Saturday. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match report

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now