Arsenal has a chance to confirm their progression to the knockout stages in the Europa League this week. The side travels to Norway to take on side Molde in Group’s B clash. The match schedules for Thursday at the Aker Stadion with kickoff at 8:55 pm.
The Gunners have taken all the maximum points from their last three matches as expected. On the other hand, Molde is second in the group and can further improve their chances of a top-two finish with a shocking result on matchday four.
Most group teams have battled to walk away with something from the Emirates Stadium to no avail. If any team can walk with their heads held high, Molde has its first-half performance at the Emirates. Martin Ellingsen made one for the books with a beautiful curler that eased past Bernd Leno.
There is no shame for Molde coming second best to Arsenal, with the squad in a strong position to qualify with two wins from a possible three in Group B for the Norwegian side. The side scrapped past Dundalk and easily cruised past Rapid Vienna.
Arsenal head into the match on the back of another disappointing Premier League match following their 0-0 draw at Elland Road. The match brewed many controversies, with Pepe becoming the end of a series of abuses on social media after picking a red card.
Molde vs. Arsenal Head to Head
Both sides have only one match against each other, with Arsenal taking home the only win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Stabaek Football 0-3 Molde FK
Molde FK 2-2 Kristiansund BK
Arsenal 4-1 Molde FK
Mjondalen 1-3 Molde FK
Molde FK 1-0 Rapid Wien
Leeds United 0-0 Arsenal
Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa
Arsenal 4-1 Molde FK
Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 3-0 Dundalk
Molde FK Team News
26-year-old striker Ohi Omoijuanfo netted two vital goals in the group stages is unavailable for selection while suffering from a bout of illness. Leke James, who featured for fifteen minutes, is likely to get the nod.
Arsenal Team News
Arteta traveled with a youthful squad ahead of their trip, with Emile Smith Rowe, Azeez, and Balogun making the squad. Pepe looks set to be given a second chance for redemption after a disaster class during the Leeds game. Other contenders for a feature include Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland Niles.
Prediction and Odds
Arsenal is not brimming with confidence currently but could make a revenge mission this Thursday.
Goals Over 2.5
Nketiah to Score