Arsenal will travel some 1300 miles to face off Crvena Zvezda, popularly known as Red Star Belgrade in their Europa League group stage game on Thursday. The Gunners have had a perfect start to the competition, winning both of their first two games.
Walcott scored twice in last match at Borisov
Midfielder Guelor Kanga will be missing for the Serbian side as he has been recovering from a thigh injury.
For Arsenal, there are some injury issues. Mustafi, Cazorla all are out while Koscielny limped off in the last match. But Wenger may not need all these players ashe is expected to shuffle his starting line up for this fixture.
Mustafi injured himself in Germany’s match against Azerbaijan
For Arsenal, it will be a match where they will be eyeing three points, which will take them five points clear on the top of the group. This will mean that Wenger can experiment a bit more with his squad in the returning fixtures.
Red Stars will also be eyeing to get inspiration from their massive and loud home support and strike Arsenal back, also the Serbian team have just conceded three goals this season in the league and European competition.
The hosts will field a strong squad to topple the Gunners. They are expected to continue their traditional 4-2-3-1 formation and striker Richmond Boakye will be someone to look for as Chelsea are reported to be watching him on Thursday.
Richmond Boakye – under Chelsea radar
Arsenal boss will be tempted to give his reserves a chance and rest his regular players. Giroud, Walcott and Wilshere are expected to start and so is Ospina in goal. Young players like Nelson, Mcguane may also get some game time.
Red Star Belgrade line up
Arsenal line up
Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade last met in the 1978 UEFA Cup third round, with the Serbian side qualifying 2-1 on aggregate.
The match will be broadcast live on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD from 22.30 IST on Thursday.
Betting Odds: ( Via bet365 )
Red Star: 15/4