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Arsenal will aim to place one foot squarely in the last-sixteen of the Europa League when they face BATE Borisov on Thursday evening

Arsenal enjoyed an excellent winning run earlier this season and it appeared that their new boss was succeeding where Arsene Wenger had latterly failed, namely turn the Gunners into a top-four contender once again. Nevertheless the past few weeks have proven to Unai Emery that there remains much work to be done in that regard and while Arsenal sit just a single point outside the Champions League berths as things stand, their rollercoaster form over the past couple of months is a clear indication that their campaign might derail at any point. The Gunners have hit a few highs along the way with wins over the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, however they have been on the receiving end of thrashings by Liverpool (5-1) and both Manchester clubs (3-1 in each) as well as surprise defeats to Southampton and West Ham United.

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This inconsistent form has made Arsenal very hard to back with any confidence in recent weeks although we are pretty optimistic that they can put themselves in the driving seat in their opening Europa League knockout match. Emery’s men have won all-but-two of their last nine home matches across all competitions with their only two defeats during that time being against Manchester United and Spurs. They haven’t lost a single Europa League game since their defeat to Ostersunds in a ‘dead rubber’ match last year. In contrast, their midweek opponents Borisov have a dreadful away record in the Europa League this term and were thumped to the tune of 6-0 at this venue last year. Their recent form has been little to write home about and as such we’ll be siding with the Gunners to take home a first-leg lead in this last-32 affair, BetVictor Bookmakers going 21/10 on Arsenal to win and both teams to score.