Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal live commentary and confirmed teams: Mustafi starts Europa League opener

19.09.2019

Arsenal kick off another season in the Europa League with a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt tonight.

The Gunners lost 4-1 to Premier League rivals Chelsea in the final of European club football’s secondary competition last term.

They’ve been drawn with Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Vitoria de Guimaraes in a tricky looking Group F and will need a positive start to their campaign this evening.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League tonight

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Unai Emery’s Arsenal take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League tonight

Emery has come in for scrutiny this week after his side let a two-goal lead slip at Watford on Sunday.

The Spaniard, who is something of a Europa League specialist, will be eager to see a big response from his troops in Germany.

Frankfurt, who lost to Augsburg in the Bundesliga over the weekend, reached the semi-finals of the competition last season.


Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal: How to listen

The Group F clash will get under way at 5:55pm on Thursday, September 19.

Full coverage from the Commerzbank-Arena will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our programme starting at 5pm.

Alex Crook and Perry Groves will be on hand for all the build-up and commentary from Germany.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal: What has been said?

Unai Emery: “We are very excited for this competition.

“We are going to start tomorrow with Eintracht Frankfurt, last year they played in the semi-final against Chelsea. They lost in the penalties against them.

“To start tomorrow against them is for us a tough match but we’re looking to start that competition well, we have good feelings for that competition in this season.

“We played last year in the final and lost but for us it’s a new challenge.”

Arsenal fans will be hoping to go one better in the Europa League this season

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Arsenal fans will be hoping to go one better in the Europa League this season

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Team news

Arsenal are without Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos for their trip to Frankfurt.

The pair were left at home to rest while Alexandre Lacazette misses through an ankle injury.

Konstantinos Mavropanos, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are absent.

Emery has given the nod Emile Smith Rowe, 19, while Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock also start.

Eintracht Frankfurt: TO FOLLOW

Subs:

Arsenal: Martinez, Chambers, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Willock, Smith Rowe, Saka, Aubameyang

Subs: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Nelson, Martinelli, Pepe