Arsenal and Molde lock horns in matchday 3 of the UEFA Europa League this evening (Thursday 4) at The Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners occupies the top of Group B with 6 points from 2 matches, they beat Dundalk 3-0 at home and won 1-2 away in Rapid Wien’s ground.
Arsenal will be looking to tighten their hold at the top of the group, knowiny fully well that they are tied on the same point with their opponent but superior on goal difference.
The Norwegian’s side sit in second spot in the group, tied on the same point from the same number of matches with the Gunners, they will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run in the Europa League this season.
Mikel Arteta the Arsenal gaffer
has confirmed that Brazilian defender David Luiz will return to the squad against Molde tonight.
The formal Chelsea man (David Luiz) has missed the Gunners last two games due to a thigh injury he sustain at home against Leicester City on last month.
Arsenal will be without Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli because of injury.
Molde will be missing the services of injured defender Kristoffer Haraldseid, but midfielder Martin Ellingsten might be restored to the starting XI, having come off the substitutes’ bench in the 3-1 win over Mjondalen at the weekend.
The both teams will face each other for the very first time in this match. Arsenal have won three of their four matches against Norwegian opponents (D1).
This will be Molde’s first meeting with English opponents; Norwegian sides have never beaten English opposition away from home, drawing twice and losing 20 times, with a goal difference of -87 (13 scored, 100 conceded).
Molde have won four of their last six away matches in the UEFA Europa League (D1 L1), beating Scottish (Celtic) and Irish (Dundalk) opponents on this run.
Arsenal’s last match against Norwegian opposition was a 5-1 win against Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League in December 2004, with goals from José Antonio Reyes, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie.
Possible Starting XI
Arsenal: Leno; Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Soares, Xhaka, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson
Molde: Linde; Wingo, Bjornbak, Gregersen, Haugen; Aursnes, Eikrem, Ellingsen; Hestad, Omoijuanfo, Brynhildsen
9:00 PM Nigerian Time
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Molde