Rapid Wien vs Arsenal preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 21: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta attends a press conference at the team hotel on October 21, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal face Rapid Wien to start their Europa League campaign. They will be looking to get off to a strong start as they target this competition.

Arsenal are now in their fourth season in the Europa League and would be desperate to return to Champions League football by winning this tournament.

  • Team News

New signing Thomas Partey is set to make his full debut against Rapid Wien. The midfielder made a substitute appearance against Manchester City on Saturday.

Dani Ceballos is set to miss this match with bruising on his ankle, it is expected that Mohammed Elneny will take his place.

Shkodran Mustafi is set to return to the Arsenal bench, after coming back from injury.

  • Predicted Lineups

Rapid Wien predicted starting XI: Strebinger; Stojkovic, Hofmann, Barac; Arase, Grahovac, Ljubicic, Ullmann; Murg, Kara, Fountas

Arsenal predicted starting XI: Leno; Luiz, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Cedric, Elneny, Partey, Maitland-Niles; Nelson, Nketiah, Saka

  • Ones to watch

Partey will be the one to watch for all Arsenal fans, the Ghanaian made a substitute appearance against Manchester City, but this match will be when Arsenal fans can get a real view of their new midfielder.

A strong player, Partey will be keen to impress fans and his fellow players.

The cameo in Manchester was short. Gunners fans were unable to get a proper, insightful view due to the circumstances.

Arsenal fans will also want to keep a look out for Nelson. He is due to return from injury and expected to make an appearance.

The young winger had a successful loan spell at Hoffenheim for the 2018/19 season, and will be hoping he can return to that form.

His progress at Arsenal has halted. This competition could be a great chance for him to win over Mikel Arteta and kick-start his career at Emirates Stadium.

  • Where to watch

The game will be available to watch on BT Sports 2 with kick off at 17:55 BST on Thursday 22nd October.

  • What the manager has said

Mikel Arteta previewed the game as he spoke to the Arsenal website.

"We are very excited to be playing back in Europe again after a difficult season where we had to earn our right to play here through winning the FA Cup. It's a big bonus for us. We want to make the best out of it and every competition that we are involved in. Our aim is to try to win it," he said.

"Depending on what happens and this COVID situation, depending on the injuries... I believe we have the squad to try and fight till the last moment, and the passion. What we're looking for in this competition is to go as far as possible and win it."