On Thursday, Arsenal's next bid for Europa League success gets underway as the Gunners travel to Kybunpark to take on Swiss champions FC Zurich.
After dropping to the second tier of European play, Zurich secured their spot in the Europa League group stage for the sixth time in 11 years. But they had a brutally dismal start to the defense of their Swiss Super League championship, going winless through seven games and losing three straight games at home.
Arsenal's season in the English top division has been nothing short of spectacular. Despite the fact that they lost against the Red Devils, they rank first and have a perfect winning streak. They have scored a ton of goals and developed some serious momentum. The team will be keen to go far in the Europa League, and it is reasonable to assume that their ultimate goal is to win the championship.
Even if the visitors will rotate, Arteta will still field a team with a wealth of young talent that is capable of leaving a lasting impression. Although they have performed better on the continent, Zurich have had a terrible start to their new home campaign, thus we cannot see anything other than a convincing away victory for Arteta's team this week.
Pick: Arsenal -1.5 in AH