Arsenal face Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night as Gunners coach Mikel Arteta without eight first-team players for the encounter in the Europa League at Aker Stadion.

The North London outfit are struggling in the Premier League with the FA Cup holders are five points off the top four and seven points behind old foes and current league leaders Tottenham Hotspur but they have been flawless in the Europa League.

Arteta has to do without eight players for the encounter with Bukayo Saka and Willian will both miss the game in Norway after suffering injuries during the Gunners’ 0-0 draw against Leeds United on Sunday.

However, Thomas Partey has also not travelled with the squad as he continues to recover from the thigh injury which forced him off during the defeat to Aston Villa, while Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac are unavailable following positive Covid-19 tests.

Meanwhile, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are long-term absentees while Calum Chambers is unavailable as he continues to build his fitness up after recovering from injury.

Arsenal currently lead the group with nine points from their first three games, and a win this evening will sealing qualification to the next round with two games to spare.

Arsenal predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Runarsson; Cedric, Mustafi, Luiz, Maitland-Niles; Ceballos, Xhaka; Pepe, Willock, Nelson; Nketiah.

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