Arsenal travels to Azerbaijan for Thursday’s Europa league clash against FK Qarabag at the Baku National stadium. Arsenal and FK Quarabag have never played against each other before in any competitive match.And according to Opta stats,FK Qarabag has never won any match against English opposition in an European contest.In fact the encounter with English oppositons ended with an aggregate score of 14 goals to 1 against the team from Azerbaijan.
So Arsenal have an edge on that front.But Arsenal must be very weary of the Qarabag team as they held Athletico Madrid to a goaless draw twice last season.
For the Europa clash against FK Qarabag,Arsenal will be without Mkhkitaryan as political tensions between his country,Armenia and Azerbaijan heats up.Arsenal will also be without Petr Cech who is out with a hamstring problem,Ramsey and Aubameyang have missed the trip.
Emery explained reasons for the aforementioned players missing the Europa clash in Baku via Skysports, Emery confirmed Mkhitaryan’s absence, saying: “My work is football. I respect each person, each culture, each country, but I don’t know each situation in every country. For me, he can’t play tomorrow and I have respect for Mkhi and for you “He can’t travel here.We are here with the players with the best preparation to play them tomorrow.
Today we are here with the players to play.”Emery added: “Aubameyang was sick, he can’t play. Aaron asked me if he could stay in London because he wife is pregnant and they are waiting.”
The two teams run in the Europa league according to opta stats is stated here as FK Qarabag have lost each of their last three games in the Europa League, their worst ever run in the competition.While Arsenal have lost just one of their last 15 group stage games in European competition (W11 D3), though it was in their most recent such away game (0-1 vs FC Koln).Since the start of last season, 17 different players have scored for Arsenal in the Europa League, at least six more different scorers than any other club.
In this season’s Europa league competition, FK Quarabag lost their opening Europa fixture to Sporting CP 2-0.Arsenal defeated Vorskla FC in this season’s Europa contest 4-2. FK Quarabag are the current champions of the Topaz Premyar Liqasi as the Azerbaijani league is called.
Arsenal should be doing enough to see off their Azerbaijani opponents. Arsenal would be hoping to make it 8 wins in the bounce in all competitions.But yet again,Arsenal should be respecting their Azerbaijani hosts despite their run of form in the competition against English oppositions.