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Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown (Image: GETTY)

Vitoria vs Arsenal – Group F – Europa League

  • Arsenal looking for fourth win this seaosn in Europa League
  • Gunners can all but clinch qualification with victory 
  • Game at the Emirates two weeks ago finished 3-2 to Arsenal
  • Granit Xhaka Stripped of captaincy 

53: Pepe attempts to dance his way through the Vitoria defence but he’s eventually stopped in his tracks. It looks like Ceballos will be coming off… confirmation of that in a second. 

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Updates from Europa League clash, tame Gunners held in Portugal

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Updates from Europa League clash, tame Gunners held in Portugal (Image: GETTY)

52: A rogue Martinez comes out of goal to deal with a long ball before Davidson picks up the ball on the right and crosses high and wide into the stands. Meanwhile, Ceballos looks to have done his hamstring. 

50: Chance for Vitoria again, Edwards gets down the left, gets past Ceballos and puts a tame ball into the box past Martinez but it’s cleared. More threat from the home team. 

48: Martinelli and Saka attempt to link up but the latter’s return pass is overhit and the ball runs out of play. Good start for Arsenal. 

46: Back unerway here in Portugal!

45: HALF TIME – VITORIA 0-0 ARSENAL 

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash (Image: GETTY)

43: Evangelista has a pop from range this time but it’s so high it’s probably in the car park. Arsenal once again in possession but more non-football really. 

41: Davidson lurking again! Some clever play on the edge of the box and Sokratis has to clear away for a corner. 

38: Arsenal win a free-kick but as is the story of their half, they cant’ do anything with it. Vitoria clear away and the Gunners press again. 

36: Ceballos been bright the last few minutes for Arsenal, who have had most of the posession but not many chanes. Some thinking for Emery to do. 

34: Yellow card for Rafa Soares after the defender clatters into Pepe, who goes down in a heap. That looks painful… but it’s probbaly not. Because he’s a footballer. 

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash (Image: GETTY)

32: The home side’s captain Venacia then heads over but he really should have done better. They’ve been better than Arsenal, Vitoria. 

30: It seems that order of the day for Vitoria is shoot… and do it whenever you have an ounce of space. Garcia cracks one from 35 yards but it’s easily collected by Martinez. 

28: Arsenal win a corner down the other end but it’s whacked away. Away side trying to press hard now but Vitoria are set up well here in Portugal. 

26: Davidson has another go at goal! Great effort, he curls it past Martine but past the post as well, following a free-kick which was cleared. 

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash (Image: GETTY)

24: Chance for Arsenal as Saka lifts a nice ball into the box for captain Holding, but the Englishman can only loft his header over the bar. 

22: Martinelli puts a ball into the box and the ball falls at Pepe’s feet… the Ivorian can’t quite get the ball under control and it’s cleared for a corner. 

20: Tapsoba has a header saved by Martinez! The resulting coner is cleare away. Another good chance for Vitoria. 

18: Pepe gets down the right, wins a throw but there’s some fuss over Maitland-Niles, who has a chain around his neck. The referee gets one of the medics to take it off for him. 

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash (Image: GETTY)

15: Bit of possession-based stuff hre from Arsenal, who are looking to settle things down a little bit. Agu then puts a shot wide for the home side. 

13: Vitoria really threatening now. Davidson gets down the left and puts a lovely ball in but there’s no-one there to tap it home. 

11: Pepe then delivers into the box from a free-kick but it’s cleared away by Arsenal before Marcus Edwards lets rip with a shot himelf… saved by Martinez. 

9: HUGE CHANCE for Vitoria as Pepe lets loose from 30 yards… his effort smashes the post and rebounds to safety. 

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash

Vitoria 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash (Image: BT SPORT)

 8: Tierney looking lively for Arsenal down on the left. Emery’s side now taking control of this match. Vitoria taking their chances on the counter. 

6: Pretty even start to the game but Vitoria are passing the ball about nicely. Saka gets down the other end for the away side but his cross is wild. 

4: Arsenal have their first opportunity of the match and it comes from Tierney on the far side. He crosses in but no-one is in the box to meet it. 

2: Early chance for the home team as Davidson sees a wild shot arrowed over the and into the stands. We’ll blame that one on the wind. 

KICK OFF – VITORIA 0-0 ARSENAL

Teams heading out onto the pitch…

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League clash (Image: BT SPORT)

Isn’t this sweet…

Pre-match briefing

These eight players all start tonight. Rob Holding is captain for the evening, because the other 57984597 captains aren’t starting for the Gunners. 

In their clash two weeks ago, Vitoria put up a good fight and were 2-1 up until the last 15 minutes of the game. 

That’s whn £72million signing Nicolas Pepe stepped up to score his first two goals of the season. How’s your luck, Vitoria? 

Pepe hit both his goals from free-kicks as well. Do better keeps. 

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown (Image: GETTY)

Elsewhere in Europe tonight…

Group A

Paris St-Germain v Club Bruges (20:00)

Real Madrid v Galatasaray (20:00)

Group B

Bayern Munich Olympiakos (17:55)

Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham (20:00)

Group C

Atalanta v Man City (20:00)

Dinamo Zagreb v Shakhtar Donetsk (20:00)

Group D

Lokomotiv Moscow v Juventus (17:55)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (20:00)

Permutations

So Arsenal don’t necessarily need a win tonight but it would do just nicely. Victory would all but wrap up qualification to the knockout stages.

Vitoria have no points in the competition… it’s safe to say they’re out, and Standard Liege aren’t far behind. The Belgian side are sitting in third position with three points.

Liege play Eintracht Frankfurt tonight and need a win, plus another two of those in their last two games, to go through to the round of 32.

Arsenal’s only threat are Frankfurt, who are second with nine points. They can keep pressure on Unai Emery’s side with a win over Liege tonight.

So on the whole – just win, Unai, and all your worries will disappear… for now.

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal social

Shryiash: “Not even 24 hours since @Arsenalannounced @Aubameyang7as the new captain, and we are back playing Wednesday Night European Football. Coincidence? I think not.

Deneto: “I hope Niles gets to play in midfield. He needs to start playing in his true position so we finally get an accurate idea of his playing ability.”

Alex: “Have a feeling Unai is going to use Pepe as a Europa League player obviously doesn’t rate him.”

Billy: “What’s the point in having 5 captains if none of them are going to play.”

…Good point, Billy.

This man starts… here’s what he did last time

Here those Gunners are…

Emery’s say

Unai Emery confirmed on Tuesday that Granit Xhaka had been stripped of the captaincy following his antics against Crystal Palce 10 days ago. 

“I had a meeting with him and told him he is no longer in the captain’s group,” said Emery on Tuesday.

“He accepted my decision. I needed to take a decision and now it’s closed.

“I told him and told the other captains. Then the time is giving us the next weeks and months, how we can continue with every player.”

Hector Bellerin added: “I said to Granit ‘this is like in every walk of life. One day you’re at the top and another you’re at a low.’

“When these things happen to you personally you have a whole squad that can back you… That’s what happened to me then, I had a whole group of players backing me.”

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown

Vitoria vs Arsenal LIVE: Confirmed line ups, Updates from Europa League showdown (Image: GETTY)

Confirmed line ups

Arsenal: Martinez, Sokratis, Holding, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Willock, Tierney, Pepe, Martinelli, Saka

Subs: Leno, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Nelson, Lacazette

Vitoria: Douglas, Frederico Venancio (C), Rafa Soares, Tapsoba, Lucas Evangelista, Victor García, Edwards, Agu, Pepe, Davidson, Bruno Duarte.

Hi there!

Hello and welcome to Express Sport’s brand-spanking coverage of Vitoria vs Arsenal in the Europa League. 

Arsenal were supposed to play the fixture on Thursday, as is the case with Europa League games, but due to scheduling conflicts with a fellow Portugeuse sie…. here we are. 

We also have a rather odd kick-off time – 15.50pm. Don’t ask. But anyway, the Gunners are expected to get a win, just as they did in the home game two weeks ago. 

Nicolas Pepe rescued them that night… here’s to hoping, for the sake of poor Unai Emery’s stress levels, they don’t need a hero tonight. Enjoy!



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