Match Today: Arsenal vs Zurich 08-09-2022 UEFA Europa League

Arsenal returned to the European stage as they opened their Europa League group with a trip to FC Zurich.

Relegation to Europe's second division was certainly not in Zurich's plan, as their coach Franco Zoda was unable to guide the team to the first championship. The Swiss team lost the qualifying round to Azerbaijan's Karabakh, 5-4.

Zurich had to work hard after the defeat and beat the likes of Linfield and Hearts on the way to qualifying for the Europa League group stage. This will be the fifth time in 11 years that the team has played in this competition, hoping to see some progress in the later stages.

It was somewhat baffling to see Fabio Vieira make his debut in the final stages of Manchester United's defeat.
The Portuguese midfielder was signed for more than 30 million in the summer, and many Arsenal fans were excited to see him play. In a match against Manchester United, the midfielder showed promising signs of what was to come from the Portuguese.

He will be the one to watch when Arsenal open their account in Europe and take on Zurich.

Arsenal vs Zurich

After being eliminated from the group stage during their previous endeavors in the competition they broke the jinx to reach the last 32 of the 2018-19 season.

Zoda is hoping to go a lot further and will aim to start bright against a strong opponent at Arsenal.

After a great start to the season, Mikel Arteta tasted defeat after winning his first five games of the season.

The trip to Old Trafford has always been difficult for Arsenal and amid controversy with Arsenal being the better team they couldn't pull off the victory. Arteta is hopeful the loss will be just a moment and he will aim to get his team back on track before returning to Europe.

Arsenal missed his continental duties, but he will enjoy a trip away from England to take part in competitive matches for a long time.

Zurich vs Arsenal

Arteta seeks to end the tournament as one of the group winners and is looking for an immediate reaction on his part. On paper, Zurich might be an easy opponent, but in the past, especially in the Europa League, Arsenal had problems in matches like this.

Arteta is expected to make a lot of changes to his squad for the European midweek match.

The manager will seize the opportunity to use many of his fringe stars after starting most games with familiar names Arsenal have faced young stars such as Matt Smith and Marquinhos alongside them although only one of them might see his name on the starting side. FC Zurich has won their last 4 Europa League matches, including In that playoffs.

FC Zurich has participated 5 times in the last 11 editions of the European League. Arsenal have won 5 of their last 6 matches this season. This will be the first competitive match between Arsenal and FC Zurich. Arsenal have won 6 out of 6 against Swiss clubs in the European Championships.