Arsenal vs Bate
Arsenal have qualified for the Europa League knockout stages and secured top spot in their group to leave nothing riding on the visit of BATE Borisov.
Despite its dead rubber status, the club had sold more than 50,000 tickets as of Tuesday morning with prices reduced and local schools and community groups offered entry.
Arsene Wenger will rotate heavily, with the likes of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all pushing for more starts in the competition.
Bate Predicted Xl: Scherbitshi; Rios, Gayduchik, Milunovic, Polyakov, Volodko; Dragun, Gordeychuk, Ivanic, Stasevich; Rodionov
Bate injuries/ doubts: None
Arsenal Predicted XI: Ospina; Debuchy, Chambers, Holding; Nelson, Elneny, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Giroud, Wilshere
Arsenal Injuries/doubts: Santi Cazorla Out / Theo Walcott Doubtful / Shkodran Mustafi Doubtful /
Prediction Arsenal 3-0 Bate
- Arsenal have already qualified as group winners but will be looking to bounce back from their incredible 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.
- BATE Borisov are currently bottom of Group H but will qualify with Arsenal if they can beat the Gunners on Thursday and FC Cologne and Red Star Belgrade draw in the group’s other match.
- The away side have only lost one of their last 10 matches but have left themselves too much to do here. Arsenal should finish the group stage with a comfortable three points on Thursday.
Players to watch: Ivanic & Giroud