Arsenal vs Benfica LIVE: Stream FREE, TV channel, team news as Aubameyang STARTS – Europa League latest updates

Arsenal vs Benfica LIVE: Stream FREE, TV channel, team news as Aubameyang STARTS – Europa League latest updates

ARSENAL face Benfica in Greece tonight looking to book their place in the Europa League last-16.

The tie is finely-poised at 1-1 after the first leg, with the two sides playing out the contest in Piraeus due to coronavirus restrictions.

  • Kick-off time: 5.55pm GMT
  • TV channel: BT Sport 1
  • Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang.
  • Benfica XI: To follow

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    Arsenal dominated in the group stage and cruised through to the round of 32 as they topped Group B by winning all six matches against Molde, Rapid Wien and Dundalk.

    But the same doesn't apply in the Premier League as the Gunners have slumped to 11th place with 11 points separating them from the top four – thus winning the Europa League must be a high priority to ensure Champions League qualification for next season.

    The north Londoners have won only one of their last six matches across all competitions, beating Leeds, drawing with Manchester United as well as Benfica and losing to Wolves, Aston Villa and Manchester City along the way.

    But Arsenal have won five of their last six home matches against Portuguese opposition, drawing once along the way and scoring a staggering 20 goals across all victories

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    Arsenal and Benfica's first ever meeting took place way back in 1991 when they were drawn in the second round of the European Cup.

    The first leg in Portugal ended in a 1-1 draw with Kevin Campbell's equaliser after Isaias' opener in Lisbon.

    But the Eagles earned qualification after winning 3-1 at Highbury with Isaias' brace and Vasili Kulkov's strike, which cancelled out Colin Pates' goal.

    Last week's 1-1 draw marked their first encounter in 30 years and thus Arsenal have a lot to prove tonight as they have never beaten Benfica

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    Arsenal hold the advantage tonight thanks to Bukayo Saka's away goal that cancelled out Pizzi's opener in Rome.

    The Gunners need to make sure they don't lose or concede more than one goal from Benfica in Greece.

    If the match ends in a 1-1 draw again then there will extra-time or penalties if neither side manages to find the net.

    But if there's a tie with Benfica scoring at least two goals then Jorge Jesus' men go through on away goals

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    Arsenal's "home" fixture against Benfica won't be taking place at the Emirates and thus Mikel Arteta's men will have to fight for qualification in Olympiacos' Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece.

    That is because UEFA announced that a number of knockout matches in the Champions League as well as the Europa League will have to take place at neutral venues over certain nations' coronavirus regulations, from which elite sportsmen and women are not exempted.

    Government restrictions regarding travel between the UK and Portugal mean neither of Arsenal’s matches can take place at either club’s home ground – that is why the "away" fixture took place at the Olimpico in Rome last week.

    Arsenal are very familiar with the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium as that is where they have faced Olympiacos five times (four meetings in the Champions League and one encounter in the Europa League) and have amassed three losses and two wins throughout the years.

    Olympiacos are also part of the Europa League competition but will be playing with PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands after winning 4-2 at home

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    Welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League clash between Arsenal and Benfica at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

    The Gunners will look to punch their ticket to the competition's round of 16 after drawing 1-1 in the away fixture at the Olimpico last week.

    But manager Mikel Arteta may have to do it without star midfielder Thomas Partey, who is facing a late fitness test due to a hamstring problem.

    If Partey is found to be unfit then Dani Ceballos is the likeliest replacement to team up with Granit Xhaka in midfield, while Kieran Tierney look set to return at left-back in Cedric Soares' place.

    Arsenal are definitely going to be missing Rob Holding, who was substituted during Sunday's defeat to Manchester City due to a concussion.

    Benfica manager Jorge Jesus is likely to revert from his 3-5-2 formation for something more attack-minded as the Portuguese giants will have to score at least one goal to advance to the last 16.

    But the Eagles are going to be without Jardel and Andre Almeida, who are dealing with a muscle and ligament injury respectively.

    Therefore, Jesus is likely to deploy a 4-4-2 formation with Darwin Nunez and Luca Waldschmidt leading the attack

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