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UEL: Vienna vs Arsenal


Arsenal travel to Austria to kick off their tough opening match in their 2020/21 Group B campaign against a in-form Rapid Vienna at Allianz Stadion. Arsenal may have a more popular squad but face a tough test against a confident Vienna.

Neither side has had any problems ahead of goal this season, with Vienna scoring an impressive 10 goals in four league matches while Arsenal are just two after playing more than one. The Greek international - Taxiarchis Fountas is the main factor for Rapid and he will be looking for his eighth goal in all competitions after scoring 4 in the league and 3 in the national cup. They are also in the early stages of the campaign and entered this match with 3 consecutive wins, most recently beating Wiener Neustadt 5-1 in the national cup, although they have faced disappointment as lost to Gent in the Champions League. After finishing second in the Bundesliga last season in Austria, the goal for Dietmar Kuhbauer this time will be to top Red Bull Salzburg at the top of the table. This will be Rapid's first meeting with Arsenal.

Arsenal have a lot of attacking options and Alexandre Lacazette could be launched from the start in Vienna, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian and Nicolas Pepe are also expected to feature. As for Vienna, more than 2.5 goals and both teams scored twice in their 4 league matches, while this happened in 3 of Arsenal's five Premier League appearances. . Although Arsenal have won 3 games this season, they have ended with two defeats against strong rivals Liverpool and Man City and it feels like Arteta is still trying to find his best starting lineup. . The fact that the Spaniard could decide to turn his squad only increased the unexpected hopes of Vienna, who had a 5-1 victory in the national cup in the previous round and will be relatively fresh for the game. This encounter. The Gunners may be unbeaten in the last 3 away matches in the Europa League but two of them are draws, when they are held by Vitoria Guimaraes and Standard Liege, while they only surpass Olympiakos 1-0. Mikel Arteta admits being "hurt" by Arsenal's shock defeat to Olympiacos last season in the round of 32, when Youssef El Arabi scored at the end of extra time to secure a dramatic victory. This is currently Arsenal's fourth attempt to win the Europa League, before they reached the semi-finals and finished second in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Mikel Arteta admits being "hurt" by Arsenal's shock defeat to Olympiacos last season in the round of 32, when Youssef El Arabi scored at the end of extra time to secure a dramatic victory. This is currently Arsenal's fourth attempt to win the Europa League, before they reached the semi-finals and finished second in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Mikel Arteta admits being "hurt" by Arsenal's shock defeat to Olympiacos last season in the round of 32, when Youssef El Arabi scored at the end of extra time to secure a dramatic victory. This is currently Arsenal's fourth attempt to win the Europa League, before they reached the semi-finals and finished second in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 




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