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Arsenal v FK Qarabag - Preview and possible lineups

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 4,560

Pin Koscielny could make his long-awaited Arsenal return in the game. EFE
Koscielny could make his long-awaited Arsenal return in the game. EFE

Arsenal v FK Qarabag - Preview and possible lineups

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 4,560

We take a look ahead to Thursday night's Europa League Group E clash between Arsenal and FK Qarabag at the Emirates Stadium.

TEAM NEWS:

Arsenal: Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny will both be involved in some capacity after recovering from back and Achilles problems respectively, though Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) will all play no part. Aaron Ramsey could feautre after an ankle knock, with Unai emery expected to field an inexperienced side.

FK Qarabag: Striker Innocent Emeghara is out long term with a serious knee injury, but he is the only absentee from an otherwise fully-fit Qarabag squad.

WHO IS SAYING WHAT?

Arsenal boss Unai Emery:

"Our first aim in this competition, we have done, which was to be first in the group. But we respect this competition and we respect Qarabag and tomorrow our objective is to win and we are going to give players chances tomorrow to take responsibility, take rhythm and take confidence.

"Also, because we are going to play a lot of matches, in the next 10 days we play four matches - each of them very important - so in the Europa League our first objective we did it, so tomorrow we are going to use some different players with also players coming from the under-23 team and also it is in our planning to start with Laurent Koscielny. We are going to see if he can play 90 minutes.

"Ozil is in the group, the 18 players for this match. We are going to decide if he will play tomorrow from the beginning or during the 90 minutes."

FORM:

Did you know?

Qarabag have lost all five games they have played against English sides, going down by an aggregate score of 1-17.

No team has used more different players than Arsenal (26) in this season's Europa League.

Qarabag have lost six of their last seven Europa League games (W1, D0, L6).

Arsenal haven't conceded in 360 minutes of football in the Europa League.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS:

Arsenal: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Monreal; El Neny, Ramsey; Willock, Ozil, Smith Rowe; Nketiah.

FK Qarabag: Halldorsson; Medvedev, Rzezniczak, Sadygov, Guerrier; Madatov, Michel, Qarayev, Slavchev, Zoubir; Abdullayev.

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