Arsenal welcome Qarabag to the Emirates Stadium Thursday night for their last fixture of the first round of the Europa League.
Ahead of this Europa League fixture, the fate of all four teams in Group E is already finalized even before this final round fixtures.
In simple terms, Unai Emery and his men will go to the next stage of the Europa League as group winners regardless of what happens at the Emirates Stadium on Matchday No 6.
Arsenal won Sporting Lisbon 0-1 on aggregate in their double headers in third and fourth round. The Gunners went ahead to win the remainder of three matches against Qarabag and Vorskla (two) meaning a place at the top of the group is all but secured.
However, Emery and his men come into this game on the back of a 21 game unbeaten run in all competition and will be desperate to keep that run going, even as they try to rest many of their first team player.
This would mean the boss would be forced to make wholesome changes to his side ahead of the clash, giving chances to fringe players and youngsters to take centre stage in front of the home crowd at the Emirates Stadium, and this would be a perfect time to treat your team to custom soccer jersey as the fans get behind the players to achieve the 22-games unbeaten record under Emery.
This would not also be the first time Emery is doing such in the competition this season as the boss has already mixed up his sides in various fixtures leading up to this one.
The new Arsenal boss will certainly rest all of his first-team stars for the well congested Christmas and New Year fixture schedule in the Premier League.
Arsenal vs Qarabag: Head-to-head
Ahead of this clash, Arsenal and Qarabag have played each other just once. And this was in October this year; where the Gunners cruised past their rivals 0-3 in Baku thanks to goals from Sokratis, Smith-Rowe and Guendouzi.
Arsenal vs Qarabag: Prediction
Qarabag suffered a demolishing 1-6 loss at home to Sporting Lisbon last time out. They recovered with two convincing domestic wins over Kesla (5-1) and Zira (0-6), but they still trail three points behind leaders Neftchi after 14 rounds of the Premyer Liqa campaign.
Qarabag have conceded 12 goals in five games so far in the competitions and come into this as massive underdogs.
Emile Smith-Rowe took advantage of the chance to start Europa League affairs for Arsenal this term. He notched two goals so far in the competition and he as well as other youngsters are sure to put in a decent performance against Qarabag.
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