, the manager of Arsenal, must make several selections before his team’s Europa League matchup against PSV. With two games left, Arsenal will know they have qualified for the knockout rounds of the Europa League with a win over PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night. The Gunners have won each of their first three group stage games, and they enter the encounter two points ahead of the competition in Group A.
The international from Ukraine hasn’t played since the victory over Tottenham in the North London Derby on October 1. He is still dealing with a calf issue and has not yet joined Mikel Arteta’s team for training. Before the PSV encounter, Gabriel Martinelli also skipped Arsenal’s final practice on Wednesday.
The Brazil winger has had a minor calf problem, like Zinchenko, but he has also been feeling under the weather lately. On Thursday, Arsenal will make a last-minute decision on his availability. Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) and Emile Smith Rowe (groin) continue to be sidelined due to extended absences.
On Thursday when the PSV winger steps out at the Emirates, all eyes will be on Cody Gakpo. The 23-year-old was linked to several Premier League teams throughout the summer, including Arsenal, and it only seems a matter of time until he relocates to England. PSV and Southampton had agreed on a price for the Dutch international, but PSV later withdrew from negotiations in favor of keeping the player for another year.
He has scored 14 goals in 20 appearances for club and country so far this season, and he will be eager to increase that total on Thursday night. Bukayo Saka must start if he does. After a somewhat sluggish start to the season, the Arsenal star has been at his best lately. In three different games over seven days last week, including the Europa League match against Bodo/Glimt, he scored the game-winning goal.
Saka consistently delivers for Arsenal in every match he plays in. And when PSV comes to the Emirates on Thursday night, he’ll be aiming to repeat the feat.
Before the return encounter in Holland the following week, Arteta stressed the importance of his team maintaining their place atop the Group A standings and creating a five-point cushion over PSV. Crucial, the Arsenal manager stated. In Europe, you must seize any opportunity to gain an advantage because the outcome of the following match is rarely predictable. After watching them, I can attest to the excellence of both their domestic and foreign workers.
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