Arsenal resume their Europa League campaign when they visit Red Star Belgrade hoping to reach the halfway point of the group stage with a 100 per cent record. Follow live here.

Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal Europa League LIVE

Arsenal resume their Europa League campaign when they visit Red Star Belgrade hoping to reach the halfway point of the group stage with a 100 per cent record.

The Gunners have already recorded consecutive victories over Cologne and BATE, despite fielding largely fringe lineups, and a third win would see them go five points clear in Group H.

Follow all the action from Rajko Mitic Stadium as it happens, with kick-off at 6pm BST.

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A very attacking Arsenal team may need to be wary of this stat

Crvena zvezda are unbeaten at home in Europe this season (W4 D1). 💪

— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) October 19, 2017

UEFA… not that popular around Serbia’s capital it seems…

Red Star fans gather on a wall with anti-UEFA graffitti before the Europa League game

A merchandise seller displays match day scarves on a car outside the ground before the game

Arsenal make nine changes for the clash in Belgrade

Only Petr Cech and Mohamed Elneny start from the team beaten 2-1 at Watrod in the Premier League last time out.

If you want a real comparison then there are three changes from the side that won 4-2 at BATE Borisov in Arsenal’s last European clash.

David Ospina makes way for Cech, while there are starts for Mathieu Debuchy and Francis COquelin as the injured Shkodran Mustafi and Per Mertesacker drop out the side.

Arsenal starting XI

Cech, Debuchy, Elneny, Holding, Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud.

You can’t accuse Red Star of complacency regarding their stewarding of Arsenal supporters inside the ground this evening

Segregation is very much in force for this Europa League tie. I’d imagine only the die-hard Arsenal supporters have made their way out to Belgrade for this tie. One thing they won’t be left complaining about is the lack of atmosphere – it’s going to be a lively one among the home fans.

Arsenal fans section in the stadium tonight.

— Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) October 19, 2017


DREW RICHARDSON: Arsenal continue their Europa League campaign with a visit to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night.

They are one of Eastern Europe’s better-known teams but have been out of the eye of the majority of football fans across Europe for much of the past two decades.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the team and provide a guide for fans who want to know a bit more about Arsenal’s opponents…

Red Star Belgrade have previous in winning the European Cup back in 1991

Security are taking no chances in Belgrade

Riot police gather outside the Rajko Mitic Stadium before Red Star Belgrade's clash with Arsenal

Although it’s not goalless anymore…

Because Astana have just scored from the penalty spot following a handball.

Here are the full list of Europa League fixtures this evening

That one game that has kicked off at 4pm? It’s currently goalless after half-an-hour. Our focus though is going to be on Arsenal this evening.

Click here for more fixtures, tables and results with our Match Zone

The Premier League sides have been Gunning for glory in Europe…

And that’s not just because all five English sides are top of their Champions League group at the halfway stage.

An Arsenal side made up of fringe players have been making easy work of the Europa League and they are in action again this evening as I welcome you to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the Gunners clash at Red Star Belgrade.


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