Arsenal boss Emery: Europa League an important trophy

Arsenal boss Emery: Europa League an important trophy

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the hosts could line up on Thursday night.

Asked if Tuesday's action had whetted his appetite, Lichtsteiner said: "I am hungry to get back to the Champions League".

Sarri will be without star man Eden Hazard after the Belgian admitted fatigue following the 4-1 over Cardiff, having had little time to recover following the World Cup.

Now, though, they must switch their focus to the Europa League and the visit of Ukrainian outfit Vorskla to the Emirates on Thursday.

For seven-time European champion AC Milan, Arsenal and Chelsea, the Europa League provides a chance to return to the Champions League.

The prize money on offer in the Europa League pales in comparison to the Champions League, or indeed in the continent's top domestic leagues.

Leno is set to make his belated debut against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League this evening but will nearly certainly return to the bench for this weekend's Premier League match against Everton.

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The Gunners are playing FC Vorskla Poltava this week in their first Europa League group game.

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammates, during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park, in Newcastle, England, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has played a bit-part role in Arsenal's last two matches, will be starting the game as well.

As well as Lichtsteiner, fellow summer arrival Lucas Torreira will be hopeful of a first start, with new goalkeeper Bernd Leno also in contention.

"Tomorrow we are going to change things to give players the opportunity to find minutes, to find confidence on the pitch and then maybe tomorrow's players can play on Sunday too".

The Spaniard won three successive Europa League titles between 2014 and 2016 while in charge of Sevilla.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper has produced a number of high-profile errors and struggled to adapt to Emery's passing philosophy, leading to further questions regarding why Leno is still playing second fiddle.

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