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Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. BATE Borisov

Sports Mole looks at the latest injury and suspension news for Arsenal ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with BATE Borisov.

Arsenal play host to BATE Borisov on Thursday night needing to overcome a deficit in order to progress through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

The Gunners had been favourites to establish a first-leg advantage when facing BATE in Belarus, but Unai Emery watched his side suffer a 1-0 defeat.

Emery had opted to name a strong starting lineup against a team who Arsenal defeated 4-2 and 6-0 respectively last season, but the North London outfit were unable to make the breakthrough.

However, Arsenal's preparations for the second leg at the Emirates Stadium are aided by a free weekend courtesy of their fourth-round exit from the FA Cup.

Here, Sports Mole looks at Arsenal's latest injury and suspension news ahead of their encounter with the Belarusian champions.


Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey in action for Arsenal in the Europa League on October 25, 2018© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: February 21

Aaron Ramsey missed the first leg, with Emery opting against risking the midfielder while he is carrying a knee problem. Ramsey should be fine for Thursday night, but the Welshman will continue to be monitored in training.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Ainsley Maitland-Niles in action for Arsenal on December 7, 2017© Reuters

Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Illness
Possible return date: February 21

Emery revealed at his press conference that Maitland-Niles has missed training sessions this week due to illness, but the right-back will be monitored ahead of the game.

Hector Bellerin

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin is stretchered off on January 19, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Hector Bellerin suffered a serious knee injury against Chelsea in January, and the right-back is not expected to return until towards the end of 2019.

Rob Holding

Rob Holding is stretchered off for Arsenal on December 5, 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Rob Holding is also facing a lengthy period on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury against Manchester United in December.

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck is stretchered off the field during Arsenal's Europa League tie with Sporting Lisbon on November 8, 2018© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: Unknown

Danny Welbeck broke his ankle against Sporting Lisbon earlier this season, and the forward is not expected to return until the spring at the earliest.


Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette after the forward was handed a straight red card for an elbow during the first leg.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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