Frankfurt vs Arsenal
Europa League Group F
5:55pm Thursday September
Eintracht Frankfurt head trainer Adi Hutter insists that his side can’t read too much into the second-half capitulation at Watford of Arsenal .
After squandering a lead since they surrendered 31 shots the Gunners were held to a draw at Vicarage Road.
They travel to Germany to face Eintracht because the two sides meet in the Commerzbank Arena in their introduction Europa League Group F clash.
Ahead of the Blues went on to beat Arsenal in the closing eintracht, who lost on penalties to Chelsea, will be eager to show they could compete despite having a summer of change.
Sebastien Haller, attacking trio Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic accounted for 56 of the 90 goals scored last year but all were offered during the summer.
But Hutter thinks his side will continue to build where they left off, even if he fails to expect Arsenal to become as poor as they were in the weekend.
“I saw the match from Watford,” he explained. “They were lucky to haven’t lost after a 2-0 lead. I would not tie everything to it. They attempt to play soccer from the trunk.
“Their doctrine is clearly recognisable and I assume that they will perform accordingly.
“On the flip side, we need a very clear plan and we have the answers and the resources.”
Hutter also declared that expectancy has developed after an abrupt jog into the previous four of the Europa League but considers everyone in the club remains grounded.
“Certainly the expectations have improved,” he added.
“The past season was exceptional with the semi-final and a total of 14 games. The bar is high, but we remain modest and want to get as far as possible.
“Due to our achievements and the fact that we nearly reached the final we’re perceived differently.”
Eintracht are although former Swansea City player Jonathan de Guzman misses out due to a muscle issue, with no Mijat Gacinovic, that were injured in training last week.
Marco Russ is ruled out following the defender ruptured an Achilles tendon, whereas Sebastian Rode and Goncalo Paciencia are equally doubts.
Arsenal don’t have any new injury concerns as they bid to get back to winning ways.
Alexandre Lacazette is together using all the Frenchman after picking up a knee injury before the international break ruled out for a few weeks.
Hector Bellerin dinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney are all back in training with the squad but are not yet prepared to return to the matchday squad of Unai Emery.
This is going to be the first meeting involving Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The past 3 meetings with competitions of eintracht have all finished level, together with the German side drawing 1-1 with Chelsea in both legs of the Europa League semi-final of last season, prior to being removed on penalties.
Arsenal have lost their last four off European matches from German competitions, conceding 13 and scoring.
At Champions League and also Europa League combined, Arsenal have not been removed at the group stage because the 1999-00 Champions League.
Adding qualifiers, Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last 16 home games from European opposition (W12 D4), as a 1-2 defeat against Palermo from the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.
God only knows what defence Unai Emery can select. I really don’t know we’ll have to state it as Arsenal fans. They are great as would be the kids, going forward. The equilibrium from midfield front isn’t bad but it is scary how bad Arsenal are defensively.
What is the attraction to Sokratis Papastathopoulos? Kieran Tierney on Thursday and I’d play with with and determine if Hector Bellerin could begin. Regarding Sunday’s game against Watford, when you visit David Luiz giving directions with 20 minutes to go, you know that you’re in trouble.
Konstantinos Mavropanos remains game time away from being fit. Though Shkodran Mustafi was brought back, It’d be the conclusion . We need to get Bellerin, Rob Holding and then Tierney back to the side as soon as possible. I would take a hit and play these players to provide them match time and allow them to get match fitness.
Nicolas Pepe was awful contrary to Watford. The Way Emery took Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil off before him was me. It’s starting to effect Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a few of the other players that are young. Joe Willock and reiss Nelson arrived and couldn’t retain the ball.
It’s the manager’s responsibility. This must be resolved by him and develop a conclusion on the best way best to sort out this. Tierney, Bellerin, and Holding should play with – I would play them and have a defeat when it meant they have.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
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