Welcome to Bate Borisov. We beat you at your noisy home ground and tonight you will admire our magnificent, state of the art stadium which is likely to be half-full. I expect you to lose again.
We have already topped the group, can’t do any better than that, so I expect to see a weakened team with another host of youngsters. Shame for the Belarus champions who must have been thrilled to draw AFC and expected to see Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey etc instead they will get Eddie, Nelson and Maitland Niles, though whomever plays in the red and white they represent Arsenal and must give their best.
Another big night for Jack Wilshire who will be given the task of orchestrating the team, can he/will he achieve his potential or will be become another multi-millionaire wasting his talents at West Ham? I wish him well.
Chambers Holding Elneny
Debuchy Nelson Willock Maitland-Niles
Walcott has to regain some confidence and form, he is a very good player; he can have a future at AFC IF he finds consistent form. Let us not forget that he was second top scorer last season with 19. Trouble is that it is a Big If.
Apparently we have sold over 50k tickets for tonight which I find surprising. We shall see… Hopefully, Eddie will get some minutes to liven up the crowd in the second half.
We can and should win this.