FC Zürich v Arsenal: Europa League – live! | Europa League

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Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

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Zurich: Brecher, Kamberi, Kryeziu, Aliti, Boranijasevic, Dzemaili, Selnaes, Guerrero, Krasniqi, Aiyegun, Okita. Subs: Kostadinovic, Omeragic, Santini, Marchesano, Hornschuh, Conde, Avdijaj, Vyunnyk, Rohner, Hodza, Mets, De Nitti.

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Arsenal: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Marquinhos, Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka, Tierney, Vieira, Martinelli, Nketiah. Subs: Ramsdale, White, Saka, Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Saliba, Zinchenko, Smith, Hein, Cirjan, Cozier-Duberry.

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Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)

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Arsenal are back in European action. They missed out on continental football last season but Mikel Arteta led them to fifth place and qualification for Thursday night fun.

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Arteta is aiming high and wants to win the Europa League, a bold claiming going into their group stage opener against Zurich. The Swiss champions have failed to win in their opening seven league games this season, so should be ripe for picking for an in-form Arsenal team.

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They last won a European trophy when Alan Smith downed Parma in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup. Gabriel Jesus is their latest No 9 aiming to leading them to some glorious silverware, a striker that has brought a winning mentality from Manchester City and will be aiming to prove it in Europe.

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It is at times like this we look at who we might know from the Zurich side. Let me start (and finish) with Blerim Džemaili who had a spell at Bolton in the late noughties. Admittedly, he did not play a single league game for the club but really enjoyed himself in Lancashire. He went onto to play for Napoli, so maybe Big Sam was wrong about the midfielder. At 36, he is still going strong.

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Kick-off: 5.45pm BST.

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Key events

14 mins: Martinelli decides the best idea is to attempt an overhead kick with the ball bouncing slowly in his direction. Needless to say, it goes badly and the ball loops wide.

12 mins: Arsenal up the tempo, moving the ball quickly out to the right from where Marquinhos crosses onto the unmarked Martinelli’s head but he flicks it wide.

10 mins: Zurich are getting into Arsenal’s faces to keep them in their own half and the Gunners are not moving the ball quick enough to break the press.

The Zurich goalkeeper has had a spare of gloves delivered to him … just in case.

8 mins: More idiocy from Arsenal as goalkeeper Turner dithers on the ball on the byline, eventually passing it straight to a Zurich player who whacks the ball off the post via a deflection. The subsequent corner is then flapped at by Turner who gives another one away. Not an encouraging start on his debut.

6 mins: Zurich break on Arsenal after one of the worst free-kicks in history. The Gunners look to play it short just inside the Zurich half but they give the ball away cheaply and are caught out. Luckily for Arsenal, they get numbers back in time to end the attack.

4 mins: Marquinhos cuts inside from the right and looks to pick out the run of Tierney into the box but there is just a little too much pace on the pass and the keeper collects.

Meanwhile in France …

(1/2) Unfortunately the game between ourselves and Nice has been delayed due to violent clashes between the fan groups in the stadium and on the stands. We are currently discussing the background, a UEFA security meeting is taking place. #OGCKOE

— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) September 8, 2022

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(1/2) Unfortunately the game between ourselves and Nice has been delayed due to violent clashes between the fan groups in the stadium and on the stands. We are currently discussing the background, a UEFA security meeting is taking place. #OGCKOE

— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) September 8, 2022

2 mins: There is plenty of flag waving in the stands and a flare has been let off but it’s all quite pedestrian on the pitch.

Kick-off

Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

They might not be at home but the Zurich fans have made a lovely tifo behind one goal. The players are out on the pitch. Arsenal in a snazzy navy number.

The game this evening is taking place in St Gallen because there is some athletics going on in Zurich.

Arsenal have made seven changes from the weekend. Nketiah starts for Arsenal and Arteta has told him to do his talking on the pitch to show he can compete with Gabriel Jesus. It will be fun to see what Marquinhos offers, too.

And for something a bit different … the Guardian’s own Karen Carney on leading the government review into women’s football.

Arteta is aiming high.

Teams

Zurich: Brecher, Kamberi, Kryeziu, Aliti, Boranijasevic, Dzemaili, Selnaes, Guerrero, Krasniqi, Aiyegun, Okita. Subs: Kostadinovic, Omeragic, Santini, Marchesano, Hornschuh, Conde, Avdijaj, Vyunnyk, Rohner, Hodza, Mets, De Nitti.

Arsenal: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Marquinhos, Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka, Tierney, Vieira, Martinelli, Nketiah. Subs: Ramsdale, White, Saka, Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Saliba, Zinchenko, Smith, Hein, Cirjan, Cozier-Duberry.

Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)

Hello

Arsenal are back in European action. They missed out on continental football last season but Mikel Arteta led them to fifth place and qualification for Thursday night fun.

Arteta is aiming high and wants to win the Europa League, a bold claiming going into their group stage opener against Zurich. The Swiss champions have failed to win in their opening seven league games this season, so should be ripe for picking for an in-form Arsenal team.

They last won a European trophy when Alan Smith downed Parma in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup. Gabriel Jesus is their latest No 9 aiming to leading them to some glorious silverware, a striker that has brought a winning mentality from Manchester City and will be aiming to prove it in Europe.

It is at times like this we look at who we might know from the Zurich side. Let me start (and finish) with Blerim Džemaili who had a spell at Bolton in the late noughties. Admittedly, he did not play a single league game for the club but really enjoyed himself in Lancashire. He went onto to play for Napoli, so maybe Big Sam was wrong about the midfielder. At 36, he is still going strong.

Kick-off: 5.45pm BST.