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Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday night against FC Zurich in Switzerland.

The Arsenal stars are gearing up for a Europa League adventure. Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign against FC Zurich in Switzerland on Thursday night. The Gunners play the first of six group stage games, with FK Bod/Glimt and PSV Eindhoven rounding out Group A. Mikel Arteta is expected to heavily rotate his squad during the early stages of the competition as the fixtures begin to pile up. Several players who have had to wait their turn in the early stages of the season, including summer signings Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, and Matt Turner, are set to be given opportunities to shine. GOAL looks at some of the players who could benefit the most from Arsenal’s Europa League run below. Editors’ Choices Poor football, poor application, and poor planning Same Lewandowski, new club Masterclass in pressing! Bayern Munich makes a strong UCL statement Enter our prize draw by voting on GOAL! Arsenal teen on his way to becoming Europe’s best Vieria, Fabio This season, Arsenal’s £30 million ($34.5 million) summer acquisition has almost felt like a forgotten man. His surprise arrival from Porto created a lot of buzz at the time, but he was unable to participate in pre-season due to injury. Vieira has recovered, but Mikel Arteta has resisted the temptation to throw him right back into the action of the Premier League. He made his debut in the closing stages of Manchester United’s defeat, and while he couldn’t change the outcome, Vieria impressed during his 15 minutes on the pitch. That bodes well for the Europa League group stage campaign, as Vieira is expected to play a significant role from the start. It’s unclear where Arteta sees Vieira playing, given his versatility, which allows him to play almost anywhere in the midfield or attack. But, wherever he plays, the talented 23-year-old will be looking to make an impact in order to force his way into Arteta’s plans for the upcoming Premier League fixtures. Getty Nketiah, Eddie Nketiah has had to wait until this season after being persuaded to sign a new contract in the summer. He has appeared in every Premier League game so far, but only as a substitute, with summer signing Gabriel Jesus starting from the start. Nketiah, on the other hand, has impressed in his cameos and has looked very sharp – even if he has yet to score a goal. So the Europa League will give him the regular starts he needs to make an impact this season. Nketiah demonstrated what he can do when given regular game time at the end of last season and will be eager to impress again now that he has had to wait his turn in the early stages of this season. Rowe, Emile Smith Emile Smith Rowe will not play against FC Zurich on Thursday night after collapsing during a warm-up with the rest of Arsenal’s substitutes following Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United. Despite the fact that he will miss the trip to Switzerland, Smith Rowe will undoubtedly view the Europa League as an opportunity to make a significant impact in the first half of the season. He was a sure starter for the majority of last season, but a slight drop in form, combined with Gabriel Martinelli’s impressive performances, has seen his game time become increasingly limited. So, fitness permitting, Smith Rowe will have the opportunity to get some regular starts under his belt in the Europa League group stage games as he attempts to force his way back into the Premier League starting XI. Marquinhos Arsenal’s Brazilian summer signing has yet to play a single minute for the first team since joining from Sao Paulo. That looks set to change during the Europa League, with the right winger expected to be given a chance to shine. Marquinhos’ performances in training persuaded Mikel Arteta to keep him in the first team this season rather than loaning him out. And, with Nicolas Pepe allowed to leave, the young Brazilian will be hoping to play a significant role on the right side of the attack during the group stages, with Bukayo Saka expected to rest. There is still a chance that Arsenal will loan Marquinhos out during the January transfer window, but a strong showing in the Europa League will go a long way toward convincing Arteta to keep him. Holding, Rob Holding has only made two brief substitute appearances this season, coming on in the 88th and 89th minutes. Regular game time in the Premier League will be difficult to come by for the 26-year-old, who is now behind William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White in the pecking order. As a result, the return of European competition will be a significant boost for Holding, who is expected to play a significant role in the early stages of the competition. Arteta admires the defender not only for his ability on the field, but also for his influence behind the scenes. So Arsenal’s manager will want to make sure Holding gets enough minutes to feel appreciated, and the Europa League should provide him with that opportunity. Images from Getty Images Turner, Matt Matt Turner’s match against FC Zurich on Thursday night will have felt like a long time coming. In the summer, the USA international goalkeeper completed a dream move from MLS side New England Revolution to Arsenal, the club he grew up supporting. Turner, however, has had to wait for his debut, which is expected to come against FC Zurich on Thursday night, with Aaron Ramsdale firmly established as No.1. Turner has a lot of questions about him, especially after a mixed pre-season, so he’ll want to use the Europa League to show why Arsenal were willing to let Bernd Leno go and bring him in. Images from Getty Images Tierney, Kieran Tierney was once considered a possible future Arsenal captain. However, he is now struggling for playing time in the Premier League. With injury keeping him out of the final weeks of last season and the majority of the summer, Arsenal brought in Oleksandr Zinchenko, and the Ukrainian’s immediate impact at left-back has forced Tierney to settle for a bench spot. When Zinchenko was injured, he got two starts against Fulham and Aston Villa, but he was relegated to the bench against Manchester United on Sunday after the former Manchester City man recovered. Tierney will be looking to show everyone how good he is when opportunities present themselves in the Europa League, and he could well captain the side if Martin Odegaard, Granit Xhaka, and Gabriel Jesus are all rested. (C) Images from Getty Images Tomiyasu Takehiro Tomiyasu is in a similar situation as Tierney. He, like the Scotland international, missed most of preseason due to injury and had to watch Ben White start the season at right-back. White has done well in his new role, and while Tomiyasu has played in each of Arsenal’s last five games, he has yet to start. However, he is almost certain to start in the Europa League, and he will be looking to put in some solid performances to put pressure on White for the upcoming Premier League matches.

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