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Vitoria vs Arsenal: Match preview, injury update & scores

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 05/11/2019

Arsenal are looking to maintain their 100 percent record in the Europa League when they travel to Vitoria Guimaraes on Wednesday afternoon.

The Gunners are on the brink of the knockout stages after winning their first three fixtures in the competition and can put more pressure on the rest of Group F by beating their Portuguese opponents, while Vitoria sit bottom of Group F having failed to earn a single point from their opening three games.

Team News

Vitória manager Ivo Vieira has a few injury concerns of his own with Valeriy Bondarenko still out after the Ukrainian underwent surgery last Saturday for a broken hand, while midfielder Lucas Evangelista (thigh) is sidelined and goalkeeper Miguel Silva has only just returned to conditioned training and is therefore doubtful for Thursday's fixture.

Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has trained ahead of his expected return for the Gunners after a fan dispute as the Switzerland midfielder is set to make his return to the line-up after fans booed him at Emirate Stadium while leaving the pitch after a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on October 27.

​Reiss Nelson is the only absentee as the 19-year-old remains sidelined until November after the England Under-21 international injured his knee ligaments against Standard Liège.

Head to Head

Thursday's meeting will be the second between Arsenal and Vitória with Nicolas Pepe scored two late goals in the 3-2 home win at Emirate Stadium in matchday day three

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Douglas Jesus; Rochinha, Tapsoba, Pedrao, Hanin; Lucas Evangelista, Agu, Joao Carlos; Edwards, Bruno Duarte, Andre Pereira

Predicted line-up (4-1-2-1-2): Martinez; Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Willock; Maitland-Niles, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Martinelli

Prediction: Vitoria de Guimaraes 1-3 Arsenal
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