Arsenal vs Sporting: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 2018-19
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Unai Emery's men will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run and put themselves into the hat for the last 32 of the tournament

Arsenal can book their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday by beating Sporting at the Emirates Stadium.

Since losing to Manchester City and Chelsea in August, the Gunners have not been beaten and are currently top of Group E having won all three of their games in the competition thus far.

They come into the match having recently played out a tense 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League, but they hold an edge over the Portuguese side having beaten them 1-0 in Lisbon in October.

A win for Sporting would place them level on points at the top of the group heading into the final two fixtures.

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Game Arsenal vs Sporting
Date Thursday, November 8
Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

US TV channel Online stream
UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial)

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed online via the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 2 BT Sport app

Squads & Team News

Position Arsenal squad
Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez
Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Kolasinac, Medley, Pieguezuelo
Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Willock
Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Welbeck, Nketiah

Mohamed Elneny, Laurent Koscielny and Dinos Mavropanos will all sit out the game as they recover from injury, but Nacho Monreal and Sokratis will be assessed ahead of the game.

Confirmed Arsenal XI: Cech, Jenkinson, Holding, Papastathopoulos, Lichtsteiner, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Welbeck.

Position Sporting squad
Goalkeepers Ribeiro, Salin, Maximiano
Defenders Coates, Moreira, Pinto, Mathieu, Gaspar, Correira
Midfielders B. Fernandes, Acuna, Petrovic, Gudelj, Luis
Forwards Montero, Nani, Mane, Diaby, Dost, Cabral

Sporting have brought a 20-man squad to London for the game, with the likes of Nani, Bas Dost and Bruno Fernandes making the trip.

Stefano Sturaro, Raphinha, Rodrigo Battaglia Luc Castaignos and Stefan Ristovski are not included in the panel.

Confirmed Sporting XI: Ribeiro, Gaspar, Coates, Mathieu, Acuna, Nani, Miguel Luis, Gudelj, Bruno Fernandes, Montero, Diaby.

Betting & Match Odds

Arsenal already defeated Sporting in Portugal and are 3/10 favourites to repeat that feat in London, according to bet365 . The visitors' chances of winning are rated 10/1 and a draw is available at 5/1.

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Match Preview

Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19

A win for Arsenal over Sporting on Thursday would ensure their passage into the next stage of the Europa League and Emery has challenged his players to continue their impressive form by securing early qualification from the group.

"It’s one way [to win] a title and get into the Champions League next year," the Gunners boss told reporters ahead of the game. "The second focus is on our work, to continue to improve and to continue with the players, taking responsibility and confidence.

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"Above all, I want to continue at the Emirates [together] with our supporters with the same spirit as in the same matches as against Blackpool, Leicester, Liverpool. [The game] is a very good test for us for those two things I have spoken about."

Recent results - namely score draws against Crystal Palace and Liverpool - may suggest that the Gunners have hit a wobbly patch, but they do not tell the full story. Emery's men remain as formidable as ever and, having already recorded a narrow victory in Lisbon, they will be fully confident in their ability to defeat the Portuguese outfit.

Arsenal return to Premier League action three days later against a deceptively talented Wolves side before the international break and they will no doubt be keen to maintain their high standards heading into the busy winter period.