Arsenal take on Red Star Belgrade this evening, hoping to continue their 100% record in the Europa League thus far.
It’s a big match for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. A top four finish in the Premier League looks unrealistic, even at this early stage, which could force interests elsewhere.
Manchester United triumphed in the Europa League last season, giving them a place in the Champions League as well as some silverware which could be Arsenal’s priority for the remainder of the season.
The trouble is that Arsene Wenger only has a bare bones squad to pick from.
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up:
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GK) Petr Cech
Wenger confirmed that Petr Cech will start after David Ospina failed to travel with the team.
RCB) Mathieu Debuchy
The boss also confirmed that forgotten man Mathieu Debuchy will get his first Arsenal start in almost a year. We think that will be on the right of a makeshift back three.
CB) Rob Holding
He will start and, bafflingly, will be amongst the most experienced players in the defence.
LCB) Josh Dasilva
The youngster could be forced into a starting spot.
RWB) Reiss Nelson
Reiss Nelson should continue at right wing-back.
CM) Chris Willock
Chris Willock impressed in his last start for the club and will be looking for more of the same.
CM) Mohamed Elneny
Mohamed Elneny will surely play.
LWB) Ainsley Maitland-Niles
The flexible Ainsley Maitland-Niles should continue to fill in at left wing-back.
RAM) Theo Walcott
LAM) Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere will start.
ST) Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud will round off the front three and look to add to his 100 Arsenal goals.