London “Arsenal” will play on the road against the Swiss Zurich in the first round of the group stage of the Europa League. The match will take place on September 8, starting at 16:45 GMT.
Europa League 2022-23
Zurich return to UEFA European competition after a three-season absence from European competition.
Zurich achieved results when hosting English clubs (2 wins and losses), although they have not faced any in Europe since beating Aston Villa (2-0) in the 2002 Intertoto Cup.
Zürich have already beaten British rivals at Linfield and Hearts on their way to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage with home victories against both teams.
Despite a (1-2) home loss in the Swiss Super League to Lugano on Saturday, Zürich have proven they are no slouch in the UEL groups by losing just two of their last 12 UEL group stage games in Switzerland.
Arsenal could enter this match in decline, missing out on a chance to secure top spot in the Premier League on Sunday when they lost (3-1) to Manchester United.
In Arsenal’s fifth Champions League campaign in the last six seasons, there will be an element of what could have been for Arsenal, who missed a UEFA Champions League football game on the last match day of last season.
Mikel Arteta will know that this competition serves as a potential path for his team back to the Champions League.
It was the away game that let Arsenal down over the weekend, but they have generally done well on their trips to the UEL, going unbeaten in their last nine group stage away games.
UEFA’s sixth successive victory over the Swiss team will be Arsenal’s quick return to victory here.
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Players to watch
The hosts do not have many famous players, but at the club it is worth paying attention to Donis Avdijaj from Zurich, who scored a double in both high-scoring matches this season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka returns to his native Switzerland and boasts an unbeaten personal record against Zurich (5 wins and 2 draws).
Head to Head
Arsenal have never played against Zurich yet and will fear defeat in this match.
The team from England are experienced European campaigners and this week they will need to show their experience.
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|FC Zurich win 12.00||Draw 6.50||Arsenal win 1.33|
Arsenal have an impressive squad at their disposal and will be on the mend after losing to Manchester United.
This week Mikel Arteta will make several substitutions in his team and try to win.
Zurich have been in poor form this season and currently do not win the Swiss Super League.
Prediction for this match: Arsenal win in the first half and the match.