The Gunners have left a large portion of their starting XI behind, to ensure that they are rested for Brighton on Sunday, and they’ll be counting on Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud, and Theo Walcott (and possibly Alexis Sánchez) to lead the team. If Giroud scores, it will be his 100th goal in an Arsenal shirt. We are also likely to see Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, both of whom played in Arsenal’s previous Europa League match against Köln.
Although Arsenal have brought a youthful team, they should take BATE seriously—the Belarusian side are third in their country’s top flight and have played in either the Europa or the Champions League in eight of the past ten years.
WHAT: BATE Borisov vs. Arsenal
WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMT
WHERE: Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus
US TV: Fox Sports 2, ESPN3
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BATE Borisov XI vs. Arsenal: Scherbitski; Rios, Gaiduchik, Milunovic, Polyakov; A. Volodko, Dragun; Gordeichuk, Ivanic, Stasevich; Rodionov.— Soccerfield HQ (@Soccerfield_HQ) September 28, 2017