Arsenal will return to FC Zurich for the start of the Europa League season on Thursday evening.
The Gunners gave up continental football last season but finished fifth in the Premier League table and returned to the UEL.
Mikel Arteta’s team plays in Group A with FC Zurich, PSV Eindhoven and Bodo/Glimt.
The north Londoners will travel to Switzerland for their opening draw and face Franco Fodas Zurich team that won the Swiss Super League last season.
Arsenal’s perfect start to the Premier League season ended in a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
The Gunners will be eager to recover from that defeat, especially ahead of their clash with Everton this weekend.
FC Zurich vs Arsenal: Date and talkSPORT coverage
This match in Group A of the Europa League takes place on Thursday 8 September.
Kick-off at the Letzigrund Stadium is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. UK time.
talkSPORT coverage begins at 5pm with Andy Goldstein as Alex Crook and former England striker Dean Ashton comment.
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FC Zurich v Arsenal: Team News
Arsenal are struggling with several injury problems in midfield.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are both unavailable while Reiss Nelson will be absent.
Emile Smith Rowe is judged after being hit in training.
Several youngsters could be there including Matt Smith, Amario Cozier-Duberry, Catalin Cirjan and Lino Sousa.
FC Zurich vs Arsenal: what was said?
Ahead of tonight’s clash, Arteta was asked if Arsenal’s defeat by Man United could negatively affect his side.
He said: “That’s not going to happen. That won’t happen because the performance is there and we know what we were missing today.
“The details of losing the game are here and you have a very different performance with the same result as I want to take it because then you question your level and I don’t think there’s a level question there. ”
Commenting on his squad’s injuries, Arteta added: “You’re going to hurt me because of it and I won’t make excuses because those are the players we have and for me they are the best players.
“We’re trying to do that and give them confidence and belief and with these players, here we play the way we played, so that’s it and that’s not going to change.”
FC Zurich vs Arsenal: Facts about the game
- Arsenal have won 75% of their group games in the UEFA Europa League (P24 W18 D4 N2). Of the 94 teams that have played in the group stage of this competition at least three times before, only Zenit has a better win rate (79% – 19/24).
- After losing just one of their first 11 home games in the UEFA Europa League (W6, W4), Zürich have since lost each of their last two home games in the competition.
- Arsenal have won all six of their games against Swiss opponents so far but are meeting Zürich for the first time. On their last trip to Switzerland, the Gunners defeated Basel in the UEFA Champions League in December 2016 with a Lucas Pérez hat-trick.
- Zürich have won three of their ten games against English opponents in Europe (L7), although all three wins have come in home games, most recently in July 2002 in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, beating Aston Villa 2–0.
- Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah has scored in the last two games he has started in the UEFA Europa League; He could become the fifth Englishman to score in three consecutive starts in the competition, after Bobby Zamora, Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane and James Tavernier.
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