FOLLOW LIVE: Europa League tests for Arsenal, Chelsea

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Arsenal is ready for the biggest test of its Europa League campaign so far: a trip to the Estádio José Alvalade to meet Sporting Lisbon in the first of two group stage matches.

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Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil start on the bench for the Gunners, who have a spot for Danny Welbeck next to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Holding, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Elneny, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang. Subs: Martinez, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Torreira, Iwobi, Ozil, Lacazette.

Sporting CP: Renan, Ristovski, Coates, Andre Pinto, Acuna, Petrovic, Gudelj, Battaglia, Bruno Fernandes, Nani, Montero. Subs: Salin, Bruno Gaspar, Mathieu, Miguel Luis, Mane, Diaby, Jovane.

12:55 p.m. ET Thursday kickoffs

AC Milan vs. Real Betis
Copenhagen vs. Slavia Prague
Zenit Saint-Petersburg vs. Bordeaux
Red Bull Salzburg vs. Rosenborg
Zurich vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Anderlecht vs. Fenerbahce
Sporting Lisbon vs. Arsenal
F91 Dudelange vs. Olympiacos
Qarabag vs. Vorskla Poltava
AEK Larnaca vs. Ludogorets Razgrad
Spartak Trnava vs. Dinamo Zagreb
RB Leipzig vs. Celtic


Later, Chelsea will entertain BATE Borisov from Belarus in a bid to continue its perfect start to the Europa League campaign.

3 p.m. ET Thursday kickoffs

Villarreal vs. Rapid Vienna
Sevilla vs. Akhisar Belediyespor
Marseille vs. Lazio
Rennes vs. Dynamo Kiev
PAOK vs. MOL Vidi
Standard Liege vs. FC Krasnodar
Chelsea vs. BATE Borisov
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Apollon Limassol
Besiktas vs. Genk
Jablonec vs. Astana
Sarpsborg vs. Malmo
Rangers vs. Spartak Moscow