Arsenal v BATE Borisov Preview: Jack Wilshere To Be Given A Chance To Impress
When is it and how do I watch?
Kick-off is at 8.05pm on Thursday the 7th of December, and it’s live on BT Sport. Coverage starts from 7.15pm and BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
Where is it?
Are already through as group winners, and will be hoping to avoid any injuries whilst blooding their youth and second starters. The Premier League – where they had been in great form before Saturday’s frankly remarkable defeat to Manchester United – remains the focus for the season.
They need to score to prevent making an unwanted new record – of having never scored in three European games in a row.
Are in decent shape ahead of this clash – they’ve gone five games unbeaten in Belarus, and they drew their last game 3-3 against Gorodeya.
Bottom of the table, they are only a point behind Red Star and Cologne, so they can qualify for the knockout phase if they win and the fixture between the other two sides ends in a draw.
Head To Heads
Only one, and that was the 4-2 win for the hosts when they met earlier in the group stages.
With a trip to Southampton on the horizon, it is certain that Arsenal’s first choice attacking trio of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette will be rested. Shkodran Mustafi picked up a knock against Manchester United and will be out.
Expect the same young players to be given another chance here – new contract signing and Cup hero Eddie Nketiah should play along with Ashley Maitland-Niles – and we should see Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere back into the starting lineup.
Should be as close to full strength as possible, with no major injury issues.
Likely starting XI’s:
Arsenal: Ospina; Debuchy, Chambers, Holding; Nelson, Elneny, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Giroud, Wilshere
BATE Borisov: Scherbitshi; Rios, Gayduchik, Milunovic, Polyakov, Volodko; Dragun, Gordeychuk, Ivanic, Stasevich; Rodionov
You can follow Arsenal v Bate Borisov via our live match centre (Kick-Off 8.05pm BST).