Zurich welcomes Arsenal to Letzigrund on Thursday, 8 September, in a Europa League match. Premier League giants Arsenal travel to Switzerland to take on FC Zurich. Looking to rebound from Arsenal’s loss at Man Utd on Sunday, Arsenal is expected to turn up the heat in their Europa League group A opener away at Zurich; At the same time, the Gunners will field a changing squad; they should still have far too much firepower for the opposition. We reckon that Arsenal’s second-tier side, too, would be too much for FC Zurich and will eventually succumb to 3 goals, not to mention scoring a goal and taking their total over 2.5 goals.
FC Zurich has scored only four times in 7 league games this term, and Arsenals will be confident in keeping them out of this one. Arsenal, however, is currently sitting atop the Premier League table and has been coming to the fore of this season’s table. With the power Mikel Arteta is likely to carry from the bench in the last 20-30 minutes, Arsenal should be able to take three points on the road to open the groups. Arsenal has never played a game against FC Zurich and will be cautious about upsets in an important match. Despite controlling much of the game and looking better, Arsenal dropped their first points of the season.
Still, Arsenal made the trip bragging about a 100% success rate in their previous matches against Swiss sides, six wins out of six, with forgotten man Lucas Perez scoring a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory against Basel in the 2016-17 Champions League. If Mikel Arteta leads the club to just its third continental crown while pushing the leading team in the Premier League to a place at the top, significant progress has been made. Mikel Arteta’s side returned to Europa League action after finishing fifth in England’s Premier League last season and are currently bookmaker’s favourites to make it all the way. Arsenal started their League campaign well, and although they fell to a first defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday, they sit comfortably at the top of the table after six games.
Marquinhos and Matt Smith will likely make their FC Zurich debuts, having been included in Arsenal’s senior European Championships squad. At the same time, if Nketiah takes over from Gabriel Jesus this week, it will be aimed at finding the back of the net for his third consecutive Europa League start. Fabio Vieira’s cameo over the weekend left Arsenal supporters giddy, and I’m sure it pleased Arteta as well. Starting at his favoured No. 10 position would provide him with the ideal opportunity to do what he does best: create.