Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt team news

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Arsenal will be looking to ease the pressure on underfire boss Unai Emery when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Gunners have failed to win any of their last six games across all competitions and there appears to be a growing call amongst supporters for the club to part ways with Emery.

Another disappointing result at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday could spell the end of Emery’s tenure in north London, although Arsenal are at least going well in the Europa League, as they have collected 10 points from their opening four games in Group F.

Indeed, if Arsenal avoid defeat against Frankfurt then they will guarantee their place in the knockout stages of Europe’s secondary competition with a game to spare, although Emery is still planning to rotate his starting line-up.

One player that could return to action is Granit Xhaka, who has not featured for the Gunners since his high-profile outburst while being substituted against Crystal Palace last month, an act that saw him stripped of the club captaincy.

Emery though is happy to welcome the Swiss international back into the fold and he has urged supporters to do the same.

“He’s in the group and has the possibility to play tomorrow,” Emery told reporters. “I hope every supporter supports the team. Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important to us.”

Midfielder Dani Ceballos will not feature, however, as he continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring problem, while full-backs Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin are nursing similar injuries and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Frankfurt can move to within a point of Arsenal with a victory on Thursday, but they are on their own poor run of form having lost three games on the spin across all competitions.

Coach Adi Hutter will also be without goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and the experienced Marco Russ, who both remain long-term injury absentees.

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