Arsenal are set to play hosts to Molde at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday in their next UEFA Europa League group stage game.
Arsenal come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the English Premier League on Sunday.
A second-half penalty from star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was enough to ensure victory for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in what was a cagey encounter.
Molde, on the other hand, beat Mjondalen 3-1 in the Eliteserien on Sunday. A brace from Norwegian midfielder Martin Ellingsen and a penalty from Nigerian attacker Leke James secured the win for Erling Moe’s men, while Norway international Fredrik Brustad scored the consolation goal for Mjondalen.
Arsenal vs Molde Head-to-Head
Arsenal and Molde are yet to face each other in a competitive fixture.
Arsenal form guide in the English Premier League: L-W-L-L-W
Molde form guide in the Eliteserien: L-W-W-W-W
Arsenal vs Molde Team News
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be unable to call upon the services of Spanish centre-back Pablo Mari, England international Calum Chambers and young Brazilian attacker Gabriel Martinelli, who are all out injured. Veteran centre-back David Luiz is a doubt to feature.
Injured: Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli
Doubtful: David Luiz
Meanwhile, Molde will be without Norwegian defender Kristoffer Haraldseid, who is out injured. Other than that, there are no known issues, and manager Erling Moe is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Kristoffer Haraldseid
Arsenal vs Molde Predicted XI
Arsenal Predicted XI (3-4-3): Runar Alex Runarsson, Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac, Cedric Soares, Joe Willock, Dani Ceballos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson
Molde Predicted XI (4-3-3): Andreas Linde, Henry Wingo, Martin Bjornbak, Stian Rode Gregersen, Kristoffer Haugen, Fredrik Aursnes, Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Martin Ellingsen, Eirik Hestad, Ohi Omoijuanfo, Ola Brynhildsen
Arsenal vs Molde Prediction
Arsenal have won their opening two group stage games in the Europa League, and sit at the top of the league table. Manager Arteta has used the European games to give some of his younger players an opportunity, with the likes of Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock all making a positive impression.
Molde, on the other hand, will come into this game as the underdogs. They sit second in the group having also won both of their games. Striker Ohi Omoijuanfo has scored in both encounters, and will be keen to continue his scoring streak against the Gunners.
Arsenal will be the favorites to win this game, and should emerge victorious given their quality and talent.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Molde