IAN KINGTON / Getty Images
Arsenal's bid to the glory of the UEFA Europa League will continue Thursday against BATE Borisov in the final match of the competition.
The gunners did a light job of their group and will be desperate to go far to have reached the semi-finals of the competition last season. Unai Emery's manager has a specialist from the Europa League at the helm and has allowed Sevilla to win three consecutive victories in this tournament.
BATE has done well out of a group including Chelsea, PAOK and Vidi, and as they will be home for the first leg of this meeting, they should not be taken lightly.
BATE wins (27/4)
Victory of Chelsea (10/21)
Chances are the courtesy of OddsChecker
Date: Thursday, February 14
Time: 17:55 (GMT), 12:55 (ET)
TV Info: BT Sport (United Kingdom)
Direct: BT Sport website (UNITED KINGDOM), BR Live (WE.)
Since the Gunners are absent from the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and the Premier League race, the Europa League is the only chance to win money for Emery in his debut as a manager. .
Arsenal should be one of the favorites to get to the bottom of the competition. Not only did they get a relatively simple draw in this round, but they also have an expert coach in playoff football, especially for the Europa League.
The manager cleverly led Sevilla to three successive victories, highlighting his keen sense of tactics and his motivational abilities in moments of strong pressure. Earlier in the campaign, Goal broke his tournament record:
News of the goal @GoalNews
Unai Emery in Europa League:
Wins 36 wins
Draw 18 prints
Def 9 defeats
129 goals scored
Titles 3 titles
After a very tight start to the group stage, the Gunners were able to rotate during their last matches. The key players rested and the marginal players had the chance to play.
In the absence of the upcoming Premier League match this weekend, the manager may consider this an ideal chance to get that win before the return leg at Emirates Stadium in a week.
That could mean a start for top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been deadly since joining the club in January 2018:
Match of the day @BBCMOTD
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 25 goals in 37 Premier League matches with Arsenal.
The fastest player of all players to reach this total for the gunners of the competition.
Some players further down the ladder could also make a good impression, including the club's biggest win, Mesut Ozil, who is absent due to illness in the last two games of the team.
Denis Suarez could also take his first steps after being loaned to the Barcelona club on loan in January. As James McNicholas of Gunnerblog noted, he has not yet had the opportunity to impress:
BATE advanced to the knockout stages after an impressive 3-1 win over PAOK in their last group match. While the Belarusian squad does not have huge names in their eleven, Alexander Hleb, a former Arsenal player, could play against his former club at the age of 37.
An animated crowd and difficult conditions can bring Arsenal time to get in the game. However, they have enough quality to imbibe what BATE has to offer and place themselves in a dominant position midway through this tie.
Prediction: BATE 0-2 Arsenal