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Unbelievable: Jesus is Arsenal’s captain tonight

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Arsenal welcome FC Zurich to the Emirates in the Europa League tonight with the hopes of securing top spot in Group A. But there is unbelievable decision.

Both teams have published their starting line ups. Unbelievable decision by Arteta, for the first time, Arsenal’s captain will be Gabriel Jesus. It was very unexpected and very unbelievable decision.

The Gunners lead the group but will be keen to win their final game to make sure PSV are unable to leapfrog them.

Mikel Arteta’s side were handed their first defeat of the competition last time out, losing 2-0 against the Dutch outfit.

Arsenal’s victory against Zürich on MD1 was the first meeting between these sides.

Arsenal have now won all seven of their matches against Swiss clubs, the most games they’ve played against teams from a particular nation while winning each time.

Arsenal have lost just one of their last 19 group stage matches at home in major European competitions (W15 D3), while they have won each of their last five such games.

Zürich have won only one of their last 17 away games in major European competitions (D3 L13), beating AEK Larnaca in this competition back in September 2018.

Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three home matches in Europe, their longest run since a five-game stretch between November 2018 and April 2019.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Vieira, Elneny, Lokonga, Nelson, Jesus, Nketiah.

Subs: Hein, Hillson, Partey, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saliba, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Marquinhos, Zinchenko, Smith.

Mikel Arteta knows how important winning Group A is for his side.

He said: “This competition is getting harder and harder. How it looks today and what the possibilities are, it looks like the next round is going to be extremely competitive.

“That’s why finishing top of the group and avoiding another two games is such an important thing for us.”

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