Arsenal commentary LIVE: Europa League tie at Vitoria Guimares on talkSPORT 2

6 Nov

Arsenal will be looking to make it four wins from four Europa League ties this season when they take on Vitoria Guimares this afternoon.

The Gunners, who were beaten finalists in the competition last term, are boasting a perfect record in Group F.

Arsenal take on Vitoria Guimares in the Europa League today
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They will have to readjust to a different day and kick-off time from the norm as they take on Primeira Liga side Vitoria.

talkSPORT will see if Unai Emery and co can claim another win and here’s how you can tune in.

Vitoria Guimares vs Arsenal: How to listen

The Group F clash will get under way at 3:50pm on Wednesday, November 6.

talkSPORT’s Alex Crook and Perry Groves will be at the Estadio D Afonso Henriques to provide us with the live commentary.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT 2 click here.

Vitoria Guimares vs Arsenal: What has been said?

Vitoria head coach Ivo Vieira almost led his side to a memorable victory at Arsenal but is expecting a tougher test today.

The Primeira Liga team twice took the lead at the Emirates last month before a brace of Nicolas Pepe free-kicks ensured Arsenal kept their perfect start to Group F alive with a 3-2 win.

Vieira said: “Our goal is to win. But my expectation is that this game will be more difficult for the zeal that was created and for the expectation that we could have won and it did not happen.

“That has to give us a lot of balance to not be ‘thirsty’ for the win and allow Arsenal in transition to make the game complicated for us.”

Meanwhile, Bruno Duarte – the Vitoria forward who put the visitors in front for the second time a fortnight ago – insists they have to do better than simply ‘play well’ if they want to pull off the shock this time.

“It is not enough to play well to defeat a big opponent,” he said. “We have to be as careful as possible.

“We cannot concede goals and we have to be prepared to score our own. Plenty of good work is being done to try and find the victory.”

Unai Emery’s Arsenal take on Vitoria Guimares this afternoon
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Vitoria Guimares vs Arsenal: Line-ups

Arsenal currently have no injury issues to contend with but Emery has decided to rotate his team from Saturday’s draw with Wolves, making eight changes.

Granit Xhaka plays no part having been stripped of the captaincy following his confrontation with fans and, with new skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rested, Rob Holding takes the armband in Portugal.

Holding is part of a three-man central defence alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

Emiliano Martinez, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli also come into the starting XI.

Reiss Nelson is lacking match fitness following a recent injury but is named among the substitutes.

Vitoria Guimaraes: Jesus, Garcia, Venancio, Tapsoba, Soares, Pepe, Agu, Evangelista, Edwards, Duarte, Davidson.

Subs: Bonatini, Rochinha, Al Musrati, Pereira, Poha, Hanin, Silva.

Arsenal: Martinez, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Holding, Tierney, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Pepe, Martinelli, Saka.

Subs: Leno, Bellerin, Lacazette, Torreira, Nelson, Guendouzi, Kolasinac.

Referee: Halis Ozkahya (Turkey)

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