Arsenal welcome BATE Borisov to the Emirates on Thursday night having already booked their place in the Europa League round of 32 as group winners.

With their progress assured, the Gunners are likely to ring the changes for the visit of the Belarusians.

BATE are currently bottom of Group H, but a shock win over Arsenal and a draw between Crvena Zvezda and Cologne would be enough to see them sneak into second place.

Arsène Wenger’s men, however, will be intent on returning to winning ways after being beaten 3-1 by Manchester United in the Premier League last time out.

ARSENAL TEAM NEWS:

Shkodran Mustafi – major Doubt (muscle injury)

Santi Cazorla – out (plantaris injury)

ARSENAL’S RECENT FORM:

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Cologne 1-0 Arsenal (Europa League)

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham

Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

ARSENAL KEY STATS

  • Arsenal enjoyed a 75.1 per cent share of possession against United last weekend, and rattled off 33 shots to their visitors’ eight.
  • Only Real Sociedad (66.2 per cent) have a higher average possession than Arsenal (62 per cent) in the Europa League this season.
  • Only three players have attempted more passes in the Europa League this season than Mohamed Elneny (410).

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