​The Emirates Stadium is poised for one of its lowest-ever attendances when Arsenal host Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night.

While Frankfurt fans are banned from attending due to a UEFA sanction for previous crowd trouble, that's not the only reason for a predicted low turnout. 

The Gunners were booed off the pitch after their 2-2 draw with Southampton over the weekend and a poor string of results has seen the pressure build on boss Unai Emery.

Some of ​Arsenal's best results this season have come in this competition that the Spaniard won three times in a row as manager of Sevilla, and a victory would seal the progression into the next round with a game to spare.

But, with ​rumours rife about his future, it now seems a matter of when rather than if for Emery who could prolong his stay just a little with a victory.

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Thursday 28 November
What Time Is Kick Off?20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played?Emirates Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream?BT Sport 2
Referee?Ruddy Buquet

Team News

Dani Ceballos

Dani Ceballos is out until at least mid-December with a thigh strain picked up in ​Arsenal's last Europa League game against Vitoria, but Sead Kolasinac could return from a thigh complaint of his own.

Elsewhere Bukayo Saka - who scored a fantastic goal when the two sides met on matchday one - has a knee injury and the Gunners are unlikely to risk ​Rob Holding who suffered a setback in his recovery from an ACL tear.

The visitors, on the other hand, will be without first-choice goalkeeper Kevin Trapp who has a shoulder injury. 

However, captain David Abraham - who received a ​seven-week domestic suspension after deliberately colliding with Freiburg coach Christian Streich - is eligible to play in European competition.

Predicted Lineups

ArsenalMartinez; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Kolasinac; Torreira Willock; Smith-Rowe, Nelson, Pepe; Martinelli
Eintracht FrankfurtRonnow; Abraham, Hasebe, Hinterreger; Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode, Kostic; Sow; Paciencia, Silva

Head-to-Head Record

Bukayo Saka

The two sides have only met once before, which was, of course, in the opening game of the season's Europa League group stages.

On the day goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 3-0 victory.

Frankfurt still had plenty of chances though and the Gunners had back-up goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to thank for keeping a clean sheet.

Recent Form

Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal have quite frankly been terrible this season. The air of optimism created by a series of impressive summer transfers evaporated almost immediately after series of consistently disappointing performances.

The Gunners have not won a single game by more than one goal in the Premier League and, despite the attacking talents of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, ​Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and ​Mesut Ozil, they somehow still have a negative goal difference. 

The poor form has led rumours to surface that either this game or Sunday's fixture at ​Norwich will be Unai Emery's last as Arsenal boss.


Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, have hit a poor run of form after a decent start to their​ campaign, which included a 5-1 win over ​Bayern Munich. They currently sit 10th in the Bundesliga.

Without their attacking triumvirate of Ante Rebic, Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic, they don't quite carry the same threat as last season. However, Portuguese forwards Andre Silva and Goncalo Paciencia will fancy their chances against a leaky Arsenal defence.

Here's how the two have got on in their last five games...

Arsenal 2-2 Southampton (23/11)Eintracht 0-2 Wolfsburg (23/11)
Leicester 2-0 Arsenal (9/11)Freiburg 1-0 Eintracht (10/11)
Vitoria 1-1 Arsenal (6/11)Standard Liege 2-1 Eintracht (7/11)
Arsenal 1-1 Wolves (2/11)Eintracht 5-1 Bayern Munich (2/11)
Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4 on pens) (30/10)St. Pauli 1-2 Eintracht (30/10)


Nicolas Pepe,Filip Kostic

With Arsenal's current form predicting them to win - even at home in a Europa League game - seems foolish.

The Gunners face a tough task against a decent Eintracht Frankfurt side, and the youngsters might struggle to get all three points

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt