Arsenal twice played BATE in this competition last season, winning 4-2 away from home and 6-0 at the Emirates. But the Belarusian champions proved to be a greater test for Chelsea in the group stages earlier this season, losing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and only 1-0 in Borisov. “They lost one 1-0 but they had chances to score and to draw in this match,” Emery said.
BATE, who have former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb in their ranks, are between domestic seasons and have not played a match since Dec 13.
“Our target is clear: to play next year in the Champions League,” said Emery. “But we know it’s not easy. We have two ways now, one is the Europa League and to win it is very difficult. We know it’s a very big challenge, this last 32 against BATE and then we have to win other matches. In the Premier League we also have the possibility to take this position to play in the Champions League next year.”
Team details (probable)
BATE Borisov (4-3-3): Scherbitskiy; Ryas, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Yablonskiy, Drahun, Hleb; Stasevich, Skavysh, Mukhamedov.
Arsenal (4-1-2-1-2): Cech; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Xhaka; Torreira, Guendouzi; Iwobi; Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (Serbia).