Arsenal vs Sporting Lisbon: Europa League LIVE scores, goals and updates

Arsenal XI: Cech. Papastathopoulos, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Iwobi, Welbeck, Jenkinson, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe.

Sporting Lisbon XI: Ribeiro, Coates, Fernandes, Acuna, Montero, Nani, Mathieu, Diaby, Gaspar, Gudelj, Luís

ARSENAL 0-0 SPORTING

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8: This Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Emile Smith Rowe could be profitable. The quick-thinking pair just exchanged a few nice passes just outside the Sporting penalty area before the teenager’s low cross was blocked.

5: Nani in the thick of it already. He’s just caught Matteo Guendouzi snoozing in Arsenal territory and pinched it off him before seeing his low strike blocked by Rob Holding.

3: This starting XI really does show Arsenal’s strength in depth. Even with nine changes it looks pretty strong, experienced and more than capable of winning here tonight.

Aaron Ramsey and Stephan Lichtsteiner combine to knock Nani off his feet. He wins the free-kick.

ARSENAL 0-0 SPORTING

1: Evening all, sorry I’ve extraordinarily late to the build-up party – but I’m right on time for the match itself having just sat through Chelsea’s diabolical 1-0 victory over BATE Borisov.

Fingers crossed Unai Emery’s Arsenal can save my Thursday night! We’re underway.

Evening…

18:30: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Europa League.

Arsenal host Sporting Lisbon knowing a draw could prove enough to seal progression into the last 32 of the Europa League.

Unai Emery’s side took control of Group E with a win in Portugal a fortnight ago but Sporting will be seeking revenge as they also look to continue in the competition.

I’m currently covering BATE vs Chelsea – but rest assured – tonight’s team news and line-ups will appear here the second they are released. Standby…

Arsenal XI: Cech, Papastathopoulos, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Iwobi, Welbeck, Jenkinson, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe.

Sporting Lisbon XI: Ribeiro, Coates, Fernandes, Acuna, Montero, Nani, Mathieu, Diaby, Gaspar, Gudelj, Luís

ARSENAL vs SPORTING

Unai Emery is expected to make a number of changes for Arsenal’s Europa League meeting with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

The Gunners head coach has shuffled his pack in the competition so far this season and Nacho Monreal could return following a hamstring injury.

Mohamed Elneny (thigh) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are still missing while Petr Cech may start in goal with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Ainsley Maitland-Niles pushing for rare outings.

Arsenal provisional squad: Leno, Cech, Martinez, Jenkinson, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Ramsey, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette, Aubameyang.