The Gunners had to do things the hard way in coming from behind to beat Rapid Vienna in their opening fixture last week, with goals from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turning the tide.
Mikel Arteta’s side were beaten 1-0 by Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday and the Spaniard will be keen to see his side bounce back ahead of next weekend’s trip to Old Trafford.
Irish side Dundalk have qualified for the competition’s group stages for only the second time in their history, but got off to a losing start as they went down 2-1 to Molde last week.
Date, time and venue
Arsenal vs Dundalk is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off tonight (Thursday, October 29).
The match will be held behind closed doors at Emirates Stadium due to coronavirus restrictions.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 8pm.
Mikel Arteta has just two fit recognised central defenders available. Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes are his only options, with David Luiz (thigh), Rob Holding (hamstring), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Calum Chambers (knee) all missing through injury.
Fellow defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and William Saliba are unavailable having been left out of the Europa League squad as Gabriel Martinelli (knee) also misses out - but Willian and Bukayo Saka should be in contention.
Provisional squad: Leno, Runarsson, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Gabriel, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Tierney, Saka, Ceballos, Elneny, Partey, Willock, Xhaka, Nelson, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.
Predicted lineup (3-4-3): Leno; Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Cedric, Elneny, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson.
Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Dundalk
This could prove the ideal fixture for Arsenal to restore some confidence ahead of another tough assignment in the Premier League. Comfortable home win.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides in Uefa competition.
Betting odds and tips
Arsenal to win: 1/11
Dundalk to win: 54/1
Draw: Between 13/1 and 14/1
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