Mikel Arteta has some decisions to make tonight as we prepare to face Molde from Norway in the Europa League. If you’ve not heard of them, they’re still classed as a big side despite not winning the league since 1961 and… oh hold on, that’s someone else.
Anyway, we head into the game as firm favourites after winning in Vienna and also beating Irish side Dundalk at The Emirates last week, giving us a 100% record in Group B. Molde have the same record after beating the same two sides, so something has to give this evening at The Emirates, with a crowd of 60,071 expected.
Arteta said on this evenings opponents:
“They have some creative players who are dangerous int he final third and they’re a real threat on set-pieces as well. The table now is really tight, we’ve both won both games so it will probably the most difficult game that we’ve played so far in the competition…”
We will be without long term absentees Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli, but Calum Chambers is knocking on the door of the first team and is back in full training after 10 months out.
It looks like David Luiz will return to the fold after missing the Man United and Dundalk games through injury while Gunner Gunnarsson will retain his cup spot in goal.
Following this game, we have another tricky tie on Sunday night where we face Aston Villa and hopefully put a nice run of league games together as we surge through the second lockdown.