Nketiah and the academy graduates to star as Runarsson faces his most difficult test yet

Arsenal face Molde in the Europa League group stage on Thursday night as the Gunners look to make it three wins from three in Group B.

Mikel Arteta’s side have dominated their European group so far with the Spaniard largely fielding a fringe side for each match in the competition.

It’s expected that Arteta will make a host of changes for the match at Emirates Stadium as he looks towards Sunday’s tough Premier League clash at home to Aston Villa. takes a look at a selection of things to look out for in tonight’s game.

Arsenal’s most difficult European test yet

Arteta revealed in his pre-match press conference that he doesn’t take any opponent in this competition lightly.

Molde are the strongest team Arsenal will have faced in their group to date, according to the Gunners manager.

“Their strengths are that they work really well as a team. They are a really strong, physical team. They are really well organised. I would say defensively, they are really hard to beat when they get in this middle-low block.

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“They have some creative players who are dangerous int he final third and they’re a real threat on set-pieces as well. The table now is really tight, we’ve both won both games so it will probably the most difficult game that we’ve played so far in the competition.”

Molde are coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former assistant Erling Moe and tend to play in a 4-4-2 formation when out of possession.

Their star player is Magnus Wolff Eikrem, the Norway international who plays as an attacking midfielder and has the potential to unlock an opposition defence with 12 assists to his name this season.

The academy graduates to shine

The Europa League provides the perfect platform for Arsenal’s academy graduates to showcase their talents and knock on the door of the manager.

Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah can all use the competition as a springboard to break into the Premier…