Europa League: Arsenal vs Vorskla Poltava

Arsenal's journey in the 2018-19 Europa League will start on Thursday, with the Gunners welcoming Ukrainian outfit Vorskla Poltava to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the competition last season before losing to Atl Madrid, and are the overwhelming favourites to beat a team that finished third in the Ukrainian Premier League last season.

Arsenal are still without the services of Laurent Kolcieny and Sinsley Maitland-Niles, while Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi could again miss out for the Gunners.

There could be a spot between the sticks for summer arrival Bernd Leno, who has had to be patient this season. Meanwhile, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Lucas Torreira and Mohamed Elneny should also come into the XI.

Poerre Emercick Aubameyang and Alecandre Lacazette are expected to both keep their spots in the team, however, as they continue to build their partnership in the final third of the field.

As for the visitors, on-loan Gremio forward Nicolas Careca should again lead the line for the Ukrainian outfit.

There is also expected to be a spot in the XI for Brazilian defender Artur, while Vladyslav Kulach, who has been borrowed from Shakhtar, should shake off a knock to start for Vorskla in the English capital.

As mentioned above, Thursday will be the first ever meeting between Arsenal and Vorskla.

It will also be the first time that Vorskla have faced English opposition, but Arsenal have taken on Ukrainian sides Shakhtar and Dynamo Kiev on 10 occasions - winning four, drawing two and losing four of those matches.

Arsenal's last home game against Ukrainian opposition was against Shakhtar in the group stages of the 2010-11 Champions League, and the Gunners recorded a 5-1 win.

Possible Line-up

Arsenal: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Torreira, Elneny; Welbeck, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Vorskla: Shust; Perduta, Dallku, Chesnakov, Artur; Kobakhidze, Sharpar, Sklyar, Rebenok; Kulach; Careca

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