Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Arsenal will be aiming to keep their 100% record in Group B intact when they take on Molde at Aker Stadion on Thursday evening. Mikel Arteta is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, the Premier League side should win this match. The likes of Maitland-Niles, Nelson, and Saka are all pushing for a start, while Kolasinac and Elneny are unlikely to feature after being tested positive for coronavirus.
Martinelli and Thomas Partey are sidelined with injury. Molde are fully focused on the Eliteserien season finale. The Blues are eyeing a top-two finish in the national championship, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Mikel Arteta’s men. Haraldseid and Sjolstad remain in the recovery room, while Omoijuanfo is rated doubtful (coronavirus) for the match.
Highlighted Player (Magnus Wolff Eikrem ):
Magnus Wolff Eikrem is a Norwegian footballer who was born in Molde on August 8, 1990. As expected, he started his youth career at his hometown club Molde in 2002, but four years later Manchester United scouts brought him to England. Eikrem returned to Molde in 2011, scoring six goals in 68 league appearances for the Blues in the Eliteserien.
After his spells with Heerenveen, Cardiff City, Malmo, and Seattle Sounders, the Norway midfielder made yet another return to Molde in 2018. Eikrem has been playing for the Blues ever since, establishing himself as one of the team’s key players.
Speaking of his international career, he scored two goals in 12 appearances for the Norway U21 team, while making his debut with the senior team in a 1-1 draw with Denmark on January 15, 2012. He replaced Markus Henriksen after 75 minutes. He is the son of former Molde footballer Knut Hallvard Eikrem.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.