After drawing 1-1 against Southampton in the Premier League over the weekend, Arsenal will now be turning their attention to the Europa League once again.
This Thursday sees the Gunners take on PSV Eindhoven away from home, after a 1-0 victory over the Dutch side last week secured Arsenal’s place in the knockout stage of the tournament.
Looking ahead to this latest clash on the European stage, it appears as though an early team news hint has emerged regarding what sort of side Mikel Arteta could put out on Thursday.
In a recent online Q&A for The Athletic, journalist Art De Roche had this to say, prior to the Southampton game, in response to a comment about the strength of Arsenal’s side for both games: “Yup, would imagine today is a full strength team and then a little more rotation vs PSV. Still feel the team that starts at PSV will be fairly strong but hopefully, changes can come a bit earlier than usual.”
With four games played in the Europa League this season, the Gunners have won all four, scoring seven goals and conceding just one in the process.
Their previous game in the competition saw them beat PSV in front of their home fans thanks to a second-half goal from Granit Xhaka, who also scored Arsenal’s single goal at St. Mary’s on Sunday.
Even though his side are already through to the next stage of the competition, it’s safe to suggest that Arteta will want to see his side keep that momentum up and win their two final group games of the competition, starting with this away clash against PSV.
Also, starting a strong team that can pick up a win will surely be a good way for the Emirates outfit to put their disappointing result against Southampton behind them and put them in a good position to take on Nottingham Forest at the weekend for their next Premier League fixture.