Arsenal will look to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they host BATE Borisov in the second leg of their Europa League last 32 tie on Thursday evening, and they will be boosted by the return of a couple of key men, according to their official website.

It was a disappointing evening in Belarus last week for the Gunners, but they have the opportunity to turn things around in front of their own fans, and even though they are behind in the tie, they will still be favourites to progress to the next round of the competition.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has a good record in the tournament, and with his side not having a match last weekend, he will have been able to focus 100% on what they need to do to remain in with a chance of European glory this term.

If the Gunners are going to turn the tie around, they will have to do so without Alexandre Lacazette, who misses the second leg due to being sent off late on out in Belarus.

That is clearly a blow for the Arsenal manager, but he will be able to call upon Sokratis and Aaron Ramsey for this match with both returning from injury.

The Wales international has had a habit of scoring important goals in big matches in his Gunners career, and Emery will be hoping that he has saved one more for the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening.

One other man who the Spaniard may be forced to be without to take on the Belarusians is Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was ill in the lead up to the game, and who will be assessed on the day of the match itself.

Although Arsenal will be expected to take the game to their opponents, they will need to guard against being sloppy at the back, as if they concede a goal the size of their task will get a lot bigger with them needing a minimum of three to qualify.


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