The Gunners begin their Europa League campaign with a trip to Switzerland this evening. Arsenal had been on a sublime run of form but came unstuck at the weekend, following a five-match winning run to begin the new season with a spirited defeat at Manchester United. Mikel Arteta will be eager for his side to bounce back quickly in tonight’s early kick-off.
Arsenal are expected to name a fairly strong side for this Group A contest, with £34million summer signing Fabio Vieira poised to earn his first start after injury delays. Teenage winger Marquinhos could also be in line for some involvement, while the match may similarly lead to opportunities for the likes of USA goalkeeper Matt Turner, though Emile Smith Rowe has joined Thomas Partey, Cedric Soares and Mohamed Elneny on the sidelines.
Arteta’s side will be comfortable favourites to see off the challenge of Zurich, who have endured a woeful, winless start in the Swiss Super League, sitting second from bottom after losing five of their first seven games. Follow the Europa League action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, featuring expert analysis from Simon Collings at Kybunpark!
FC Zurich vs Arsenal prediction
Given Arsenal’s impressive form, a comfortable away win looks a safe bet this evening.
Arsenal to win, 2-0.
Arsenal predicted lineup
Here’s how Standard Sport’s Simon Collings sees Arsenal lining up at Kybunpark this evening…
Arsenal predicted XI (4-3-3): Turner; Tomiyasu, White, Holding, Tierney; Odegaard, Lokonga, Xhaka; Vieira, Nketiah, Martinelli
Early Arsenal team news
Arsenal are set to hand a first start to £34million summer signing Fabio Vieira in Switzerland tonight.
The Portuguese midfielder came off the bench for his debut at Old Trafford on Sunday after injury delays.
The likes of Marquinhos and Matt Turner may also make their senior Gunners debuts, but Cedric Soares (knock), Mohamed Elneny (hamstring), Reiss Nelson (quad) and Thomas Partey (thigh) are all out, while Emile Smith Rowe hasn’t travelled after feeling discomfort in the warm-down at the weekend.
Mikel Arteta should name a fairly strong team here, with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard possibly having to play.
Where to watch FC Zurich vs Arsenal
TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 5:15pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the action unfold online via the BT Sport app.
Welcome to FC Zurich vs Arsenal LIVE coverage!
Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the 2022-23 Europa League.
Coverage of Manchester United vs Real Sociedad to come later, but first we’re in Switzerland, where Arsenal get their campaign up and running in Group A.
Mikel Arteta’s high-flying Gunners will be keen to make a swift return to winning ways after seeing their 100 per cent start to the season ended by defeat at Old Trafford last time out.
They will be strong favourites to see off a Zurich team that have collected only two points from their opening seven matches in the Swiss Super League this term.
Kick-off this evening is at the earlier time of 5:45pm BST, so stay tuned for match build-up, all the latest team news and live updates, plus expert analysis from Standard Sport’s Simon Collings at Kybunpark.