JG Preview: BATE Borisov v Arsenal

Arsenal return to Europa League action on Thursday evening, as we travel to Minsk to face BATE Borisov.

The team train before playing BATE Borisov

The team train before playing BATE Borisov

You can find out more about our latest opponents below:   

Full name: BATE Borisov
Manager: Alyaksandr Yermakovich
Club colours: Blue and yellow
Nickname: Zholto-Sinle (Yellow-blues)

Three facts about BATE Borisov:

  • BATE have won the Belarusian Premier League eleven times in a row (2006-2016)
  • Former Gunner Alexander Hleb used to play for BATE
  • Manager Alyaksandr Yermakovich used to play for the club - he was a midfielder

Key man: Vitali Rodionov

The 33-year-old Belarusian has made nearly 300 appearances for BATE Borisov and is Belarus’ highest scoring player ever in European competition. Rodionov scored in BATE’s 3-1 win against Bayern Munich in 2012 and has represented his national team 48 times, scoring ten goals.