An out of form Arsenal host Dundalk on Thursday night in the Europa League at the Emirates. The Gunners have won just two of their last six games in all competitions. Although they won their Europa League matchday 1 fixture versus Rapid Wien, they fell for a second straight week in the Premier League on Sunday. Arsenal lost 1-0 to Leicester City.
It was their second straight loss to nil against a Premier League opponent. The good news for the Gunners is that they will be up against Dundalk, a team from a third-tier European top-flight league. The League of Ireland team lost 2-1 at home to Norway’s Molde on Europa League matchday 1.
Dundalk did take a first-half lead against Molde. The Irish side scored in the 35th minute through Sean Murray. Their defence could not stay on top of the game, however. Molde scored twice in a 10-minute timeframe to claim the win in the second half.
Both games in Europa League Group B finished with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals scored. Will the game at the Emirates between Arsenal and Dundalk finish with the same trend? Arsenal need to rebound following their Premier League stutter.
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Arsenal’s back to back losses in the Premier League leaves them sitting in 11th place. In spite of the defeats, Arsenal are just four points behind league leaders Everton and Liverpool. The Gunners posted a +1-goal difference in the league with eight goals scored and seven conceded. Arsenal stuttered on matchday 1 in the Europa League as well and needed two late goals to get the win.
Bernd Leno’s poor passing led to a Rapid Wien goal in the 51st minute thanks to Taxiarchis Fountas. Arsenal took 19 minutes to get back into the game and nearly gave up a second. David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in a four-minute span to give the Gunners the come from behind victory.
Arsenal have scored 12 goals this season for an average of 1.33 goals per game in all competitions. They have allowed eight scored against for an average of 0.89 goals per match. Arsenal’s defence have kept three clean sheets.
The 2020 League of Ireland campaign is still unfolding. Dundalk won the competition in 2019, but currently sit third and are well off the top spot in the division. The League of Ireland runs from spring to autumn. As it stands, Dundalk will qualify for the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League.
Arsenal vs Dundalk Team News
Mikel Arteta continues to have a long list of injured players at the Emirates. The manager will be without Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari. Fellow defend David Luiz is ruled out with a thigh injury and long-term absentee Gabriel Martinelli is ruled out with a knee problem. Willian is on his way back to full fitness but Arteta will not risk him on Thursday night.
Although Aubameyang scored on Europa League matchday 1 against Rapid Wien, he is in poor form. He has just one goal and one assist in six Premier League games. Aubameyang got a massive contract at the beginning of the Premier League season. Since getting the big extension, his play has not lived up to the amount. The Gabon international averages just 1.33 shots per 90 minutes.
Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli has two players on the shelf with injuries. Nathan Oduwa is a doubt due to a muscle injury. He is unexpected to play on Thursday. Dane Massey is out of action and won’t appear on Thursday. He is recovering from a hip injury and won’t return to play until November.
Dundalk have scored 24 goals on the domestic front. Fourteen of those goals have come on the road. They have conceded a total of 20 goals with 11 strikes coming away from Oriel Park.
Arsenal vs Dundalk Prediction
Alexandre Lacazette has tallied three goals in the Premier League this season His goal figure leads the Gunners in goal scored after six games. Lacazette averages a league goal every 117 minutes of football. He only averages 2.05 shots per 90 minutes and 0.63 expected goals per minutes in the Premier League. The French striker could get the start on Thursday night with Arteta seeking three more points. If Arsenal can move to six points, they will be closer to progression from the group.
Seven of Arsenal’s nine games in all competitions in 2020-21 have finished with the total goals number being odd. Their Europa League matchday 1 win versus Rapid Wien was one of those seven games to have an odd goal total. Dundalk’s defence should struggle to keep Arsenal’s flowing attack at bay and could be the right opponent to get Arteta’s team back on track.
Five of Arsenal’s nine games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The Gunners Europa League matchday 1 game finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. All three goals came in the second half as the Gunners came from behind to claim the victory. Both games in Europa League Group B finished with over 2.5 goals on matchday 1. Dundalk scored in the first half but conceded twice in the second period to Molde to fall to a loss.
Arsenal’s Premier League form has been abysmal of late. They have a massive game against Manchester United at the weekend. Arteta is unlikely to rotate his team too much. The manager will fancy another three points in the Europa League, which will put Arsenal perfectly on the path to the knockout stages.
Dundalk should play Arsenal strongly in the opening minutes of the game. The fixture will be close and cagey, but as Dundalk wear out, Arsenal will put their stamp on the game. An Arsenal goal should see Dundalk fall away. Arsenal should win on Thursday night with over 2.5 goals scored.
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Arsenal vs Dundalk Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will host Arsenal vs Dundalk on Thursday in the Europa League?
The Emirates Stadium will host Arsenal vs Dundalk on Thursday in the Europa League.A
What are the odds on Arsenal to win against Dundalk on Thursday in the Europa League?
Arsenal are the favourites for Thursday's Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are priced at odds of 1/14 to win against Dundalk.A
What are the odds on Dundalk winning vs Arsenal ion Thursday?
Dundalk are massive underdogs for Thursday's match at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal. Dundalk can be backed at 55/1 to win against Arsenal.A
What time is kick-off for Arsenal vs Dundalk in the Europa League?
Arsenal vs Dundalk will kick-off at 20:00 UK time on Thursday 29 October.A