Arsenal vs Frankfurt: Preview, possible XI & Predictions



Arsenal go into their Europa League contest with Eintracht Frankfurt off the back of a six-game winless run across all competitions as pressure begins to mount on Unai Emery.The Gunners face a Frankfurt side whose 5-1 demolition of Bayern Munich led to the sacking of Niko Kovac, and a similar result in London could see the Spaniard meet the same fate.Teams NewsUnder-pressure boss Emery is likely to give some of the younger members of his first-team squad game time and possibly hand a return to Granit Xhaka, who hasn’t featured since he was booed off against Crystal Palace.Dani Ceballos is out with hamstring trouble while Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Bukayo Saka are being assessed ahead of the game but Brazilian youngster, Gabriel Martinelli is likely to lead the line for Arsenal, which looks to be a very young and inexperienced squad.The visitors, on the other hand, will be without first-choice goalkeeper Kevin Trapp who has a shoulder injury. However, captain David Abraham – who received a ​seven-week domestic suspension after deliberately colliding with Freiburg coach Christian Streich – is eligible to play in European competition.Head to HeadThe two sides have only met once before, which was, of course, in the opening game of the season’s Europa League group stages. on the day goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 3-0 victory.Recent FormThe Gunners have not won a single game by more than one goal in the Premier League and, despite the attacking talents of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, ​Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and ​Mesut Ozil, they somehow still have a negative goal difference. The poor form has led rumours to surface that either this game or Sunday’s fixture at ​Norwich will be Unai Emery’s last as Arsenal boss.Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, have hit a poor run of form after a decent start to their​ campaign, which included a 5-1 win over ​Bayern Munich as they currently sit 10th in the Bundesliga.Without their attacking triumvirate of Ante Rebic, Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic, they don’t quite carry the same threat as last season. However, Portuguese forwards Andre Silva and Goncalo Paciencia will fancy their chances against a leaky Arsenal defence.Predicted Lineups Arsenal(4-2-3-1): Martinez Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Kolasinac; Torreira Willock; Smith-Rowe, Nelson, Pepe; Martinelli.Predicted Lineups Eintracht Frankfurt(3-4-1-2): Ronnow; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinterreger; Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Kostic; Sow; Paciencia, Silva.Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt





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