Arsenal vs Bate 7 December 2017: Europa League Preview and Predictions

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

"Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players".

The Gunners have already topped Group H and have done so without turning to several of their first-team players.

Arsenal have already progressed to the last-32 of the Europa League with the top spot, but they still have something to play for after having dropped points in each of the last two European matches.

However it is expected Wenger will ring the changes from the team which valiantly lost to United at the Emirates on Saturday with Jack Wilshere expected to start.

"It is not ideal for your balance, the way you fall down, for a footballer it's not great", said the Frenchman.

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Wenger is very much likely to play another second-string side when they take on the Belarusian outfit in north London on Thursday.

"I think the main priority [for Arsenal] is to get back into Champions League ... they need to get back into the big time", the former Arsenal defender told ESPN.

The reverse fixture of this outing ended 4-2 in favour of Arsenal and the bookmakers are pricing (1.53) for more than three goals to surface in the tie and (1.70) for both sides to find the back of the net. "That's part of football". With the Gunners still remaining in all four competitions this season, they face another eight matches before New Year's Day.

David de Gea, in particular, was scintillating in the opposition end, and Wenger will want a strong response from whichever team he sets up to face BATE in the final Europa League group game.

Arsenal now sit fifth in the English top flight on 28 points from 15 matches, one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

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