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Date confirmed for our FA Cup third-round fixture

Lacazette celebrating

We will face Solihull Moors or Blackpool in the third-round of the FA Cup on Saturday, January 5.

The game will be played as under: 

Solihull Moors or Blackpool v Arsenal
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Kick-off: 5.30pm (UK time)
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Europa League

Infographic: Who can we draw in the Europa League?

Europa League

We completed our Group E qualification campaign in this season's Europa League with a 1-0 victory over Qarabag on Thursday night.

We now await the draw for the knockout stages of the competition, which will be held in Nyon on Monday.

But who could we face? Take a look at our interactive infographic below to find out more about all of our potential opponents.

Player of the month

Torreira is our November Player of the Month

It has been quite some start to the season for Lucas Torreira, and now he's been named as our November Player of the Month!

The Uruguayan midfielder has been in dazzling form ever since joining the club, adding energy and bite to the base of our midfield.

He started November in fine style, impressing with a man-of-the-match performance as we drew 1-1 with Liverpool before coming close to scoring in our draw with Wolves.

The 22-year-old then struck the post and claimed another man-of-the-match award as we won 2-1 away at Bournemouth.


Lucas received 70 per cent of the votes cast, with Bernd Leno and Rob Holding finishing in second and third place respectively.

Goal of the month

Lacazette tops November Goal of the Month poll

Alex Lacazette’s fine finish against Liverpool has topped our November Goal of the Month poll.

Trailing 1-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s side at Emirates Stadium, the France striker latched on to an Alex iwobi pass in the area, twisted to buy himself some space and curled the ball into the far corner past Allison.

Lacazette’s strike - his second Goal of the Month win of the season - was the overwhelming winner with 71 per cent of the votes cast, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort against Wolves in second place.

Click the ‘Play’ button below to see Laca’s strike, and all of our November’s contenders again.

Interview

Leno - Koscielny is the perfect captain for us

Koscielny

As Laurent Koscielny prepares to make his first-team return after seven months out, Bernd Leno is certain the Frenchman will provide a major boost.

The German international has never played with our club captain, but has seen enough in his short time at the club to know how much value he adds - on and off the pitch.

"In training you see how he is talking to other players," Leno said. "We have many young players and he talks to them and for me he is a big personality in the team, in the dressing room. 

"Before Tottenham, he was not in the squad but five minutes before the game he said many, many good things about the history of the game, how important it is for the fans, the club, every player, so he is the perfect captain for us.

"He is a big personality and of course he has big quality. I think we should give him the time [to play]. The coach is calm with him because he was a long time injured. 

"I am happy for him that maybe he will play [against Qarabag on Thursday], I think he will play because he needs the confidence to play. His body needs also the feeling for the game. 

"Of course, he trained a long time for us but the games are more difficult because the game is different for your head. I am happy for him that he will maybe start on Thursday and of course he will be an option for the next weeks in the [main] starting XI."

 

Team news

Update on Rob Holding

Rob Holding

Further to the injury sustained during our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months.
 
Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Rob is back on the pitch as soon as possible.