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Arsenal press conference live: Mikel Arteta makes lists of players as they face Molde in Norway

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Arsenal are back in Europa League action this week as they face Molde in Norway.

Mikel Arteta’s side have a number of fatigued players and injuries to contend with, as the Spaniard selects several youngsters in his squad.

The stalemate with Leeds at the weekend showed that Arsenal have improved defensively but the recurring issue over the pat few months has been a lack of goals.

However, the Gunners have won all three of their Europa League group stage games so far and will be looking to seal qualification with a win at the Aker Stadium on Thursday night.

Eddie Nketiah is expected to lead the line while Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and a number of fringe players are likely to feature.

Follow everything that is said right here.

Arteta speaking soon

The Arsenal boss will speak at 16:00 from the Aker Stadium.

Wilshere talks

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted he is “surprised” by Mikel Arteta’s decision to oust Mesut Ozil from the first-team squad at the Emirates Stadium.

Eriksen links

Former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has been offered to Arsenal.

Arteta is in the market for a new creative outlet and it will be interesting to see if the Gunners pursue the Inter man.

One to watch

19-year-old Ben Cottrell has travelled with the Arsenal squad to Norway and could feature against Molde.

He impressed Mikel Arteta in the August pre-season friendly against MK Dons and has flourished for the Under-23’s this campaign.

Elneny & Kolasinac

Both players are unavailable for Thursday’s game after having to self-isolate due to testing for positive for COVID-19. Neither player is experiencing any symptoms.

 

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