Arsenal vs Frankfurt preview | Latest team news | Expected Line-up’s | Prediction
This is our match preview ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt including team news, line-ups and prediction
Arsenal will be looking to wrap-up top spot in Europa League Group F with a win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates this evening.
Unai Emery finds himself on the brink of being sacked following another inept performance that saw Arsenal need a stoppage equaliser to draw 2-2 with lowly Southampton at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
The result extended Arsenal’s winless run to six games in all competitions and we’ve picked up just three points during games against Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Leicester City and Southampton.
With the club sitting eighth in the Premier League table and eight points off the top four, fans have turned on Emery and it’s now considered a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ he’s sacked.
The Spaniard will be looking to ease the pressure slightly with a win over Frankfurt this evening which would book Arsenal’s place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but it would just be delaying the inevitable.
Arsenal will continue to be without Dani Ceballos as he’s still nursing a hamstring injury while Hector Bellerin isn’t likely to be risked after complaining of a tight hamstring following the Southampton game.
Sead Kolasinac and Rob Holding trained on Wednesday so they could return after missing the weekend action with knocks while Emery has suggested Granit Xhaka will return to the fold for the first time since his bust-up with the fans last month.
Emery is expected to rotate his players once again in the Europa League with the likes of Bernd Leno, David Luiz, Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette rested.
Shkodran Mustafi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are among those set for recalls while Nicolas Pepe should feature after being named on the bench at the weekend.
Expected Frankfurt XI; Ronnow; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger; Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Kostic; Sow; Paciencia, Silva
Arsenal 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt: Arsenal won the reverse fixture 3-0 in Germany earlier in the season but our form has gone completely out the window since then. We are low on confidence and struggling both at the back and in attack with the players looking like they are just waiting for Emery to be sacked.
However, Frankfurt are poor on the road and I don’t see Arsenal losing tonight. We certainly won’t see a vintage performance but I think we might do just enough to edge it and book our place in the next round as group winners.
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