Team news and stats ahead of Arsenal vs Molde in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.Team newsArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that David Luiz will return to the squad against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Brazilian defender has missed the last two matches after he was forced off with a thigh injury during the home defeat to Leicester on October 25. Arteta initially feared Luiz would be out for “a few weeks”, but the 33-year-old has resumed training and is available for selection.Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns following the victory at Manchester United. Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) remain long-term absentees.Molde are still without injured defender Kristoffer Haraldseid, but midfielder Martin Ellingsten should be restored to the starting line-up, having come off the substitutes’ bench in the 3-1 win over Mjondalen at the weekend. Image:Arsenal made it two wins from two in the Europa League with a routine victory over Dundalk – Advertisement – – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League 2:59 How to followFollow Arsenal vs Molde with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms from 6.30pm on Thursday; kick off 8pm.Opta statsArsenal will face Molde for the very first time in this match. The Gunners have won three of their four matches against Norwegian opponents (D1).Arsenal’s last match against Norwegian opposition was a 5-1 win against Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League in December 2004, with goals from José Antonio Reyes, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie.This will be Molde’s first meeting with English opponents; Norwegian sides have never beaten English opposition away from home, drawing twice and losing 20 times, with a goal difference of -87 (13 scored, 100 conceded).Molde have won four of their last six away matches in the UEFA Europa League (D1 L1), beating Scottish (Celtic) and Irish (Dundalk) opponents on this run.Since the start of the 2018-19 season, only Munas Dabbur (13) has scored more goals in the UEFA Europa League than Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12). Molde at a glanceThe coach: Erling Moe replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, initially as caretaker manager, when he left for Manchester United in December 2018 as interim boss. Moe, a former Molde player, had been Solskjaer’s assistant and was given the job on a permanent basis when it became clear Solskjaer would not be returning.European pedigree: The Norwegian club reached the Champions League group stage during the 1999/2000 season and the group stage of the Europa League in 2012/13. In 2015/16 Molde topped a group containing Fenerbahce, Ajax and Celtic to reach the round of 32 in the Europa League, losing 3-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Sevilla.Form: Second in the Norwegian Tippeligaen but 16 points behind league leaders Bado Glimt. Molde have won their last four domestic fixtures and, like Arsenal, both of their opening two games in the Europa League. They arrive in London on a six-match winning run.
The announcement that a Chick-fil-A restaurant will be opening near Tuscany this summer has prompted mixed reactions from USC students.The restaurant is projected to open midsummer near the intersection of Figueroa Street and State Drive, according to a company spokesperson.“We’ve been in negotiations since summer of last year, but we were looking at property in the area long before that,” said Brenda Green, the senior public relations coordinator at Chick-fil-A. “It will definitely open in July.”Many students said they were happy to hear the popular chain would be coming to the USC area next year.“I’m excited for it to be there,” said Cat Price, a freshman majoring in political science. “All of my friends from the South always talk about Chick-fil-A, and I’ve never had it before.”Brittany La Hue, a freshman majoring in communication, said that although she likely won’t visit Chick-fil-A, she knows a number of people who will.“I probably won’t eat there often. But I know people are excited about it because it’s really good,” she said. “Before I was a vegetarian, I used to eat there all the time.”Not all students, however, are excited by the announcement and some students said there are other restaurants they would rather see in its place.“I’d like to see something that isn’t fast food,” Price said.La Hue said the lack of good Asian cuisine near campus bothers her the most.“I wish we had more options for Asian food that isn’t Panda Express,” La Hue said. “It would be nice to see a restaurant like that go into the new location.”Christian Daly, a junior majoring in English, said he might go to Chick-fil-A, but there are other restaurants he would have preferred.“I’d rather see Johnny Rockets there,” Daly said.Though many agreed Chick-fil-A will likely be popular among USC students, some said they wished the location were more convenient.“I don’t think I’ll be going there too often,” Price said. “It’s kind of out of the way.”La Hue echoed this idea.“If they had a location on campus that would be the best,” she said. “I know Figueroa is also really popular for students who have been out on The Row, but Tuscany is pretty far.”Green said Chick-fil-A does background research to ensure it doesn’t open up a store that will be a financial flop.“Whenever we build a store, we make sure that the financial model for the new location meets what we are looking for,” Green said. “So we do anticipate this being a successful store.”Students also think the restaurant will be successful.“I’ve definitely heard a lot of people talking about it, so I’m sure a good number of students will eat there,” Price said.