We will be attempting to earn a place in the last 16 of the Europa League tonight with our ‘home’ leg against Benfica in … er … Athens, at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
The away leg against the team from Portugal obviously took place in Rome last week, and the game ended 1-1 with man-of-the-moment Bukayo Saka getting our ‘away’ goal equaliser, cancelling out the ‘penalty’ given for a handball which came off of Emile Smith-Rowe’s chest/head/not hand.
Benfica have only lost three games this season, but find themselves trailing Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league (actually in Portugal) but will go into this game fancying a win.
There is some unusual good news for Arsenal in terms of team news, as Mikel Arteta revealed yesterday that Thomas Partey could feature in the game. If he does however miss the game, he will probably end up at home on https://www.australianonlinecasinosites.com. He has been struggling with a hamstring injury but is set to have a late fitness test ahead of the trip so fingers crossed he might make it, he would certainly make a difference to our midfield.
Rob Holding will miss the game after being ‘concussed’ against Man City, the club following all of the relevant protocols to make sure he’s protected. Two of David Luiz, Gabriel and Pablo Mari will probably make up the centre back pairing, the one left out will be playing besten online casino spiele from the bench no doubt.
Someone who knows what it’s like to score against Benfica, Yaya Sanogo has joined Huddersfield Town. You may remember Sanogo scored FOUR goals against Benfica in a 5-1 win in the better-than-the-league-cup Emirates Cup back in 2014.
After this trip, we visit Leicester on Sunday where we’ll be hoping to bounce back after last weekend’s dismal, inevitable, bi-seasonal defeat to Man City’s billionaire boys, and don’t forget our game at the King Power Stadium is an early kick-off, 12pm UK time. Tonight’s game also kicks off early, with a 5:55pm KO UK time.