Unai Emery’s Arsenal face Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night

Unai Emery’s Arsenal face Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night, knowing that they will progress to the knockout rounds of the Europa League if they better the result of Group E rivals Vorskla Poltava.



Emery’s side earned plenty of plaudits following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool, which saw Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches.

Included in that streak was a 1-0 victory at Sporting a fortnight ago, Danny Welbeck’s winner giving Arsenal control of the group. Vorskla Poltava host Qarabag on Thursday night.