Arsenal play their first match in the Europa League this evening with FC Koln travelling to the Emirates Stadium.
Matchday: Team News – Player Ratings – Match Highlights
Match: Arsenal v FC Köln
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Kick-Off (GMT): Thu 14 Sep 20:05
Arsene Wenger hinted a lot of changes to his starting lineup. Here’s what we think the Gunners will start with:
GK) David Ospina
Ospina is the club’s cup goalkeeper and that should continue.
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RCB) Rob Holding
Rob Holding didn’t play on Saturday but should get some minutes this evening.
CB) Per Mertesacker
We think this match is an ideal opportunity to get Per Mertesacker back on the pitch in an Arsenal shirt.
LCB) Shkodran Mustafi
The German should play. Laurent Koscielny is suspended and Calum Chambers is set to play for the Under-23s on Friday.
RWB) Reiss Nelson
After some incredible performances for the Arsenal Under-23s, it’s time Reiss Nelson got some minutes on the pitch. It’s not his favoured position but he played there in pre-season for the first-team. He could be replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
CM) Mohamed Elneny
He will surely play.
CM) Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere is fit and ready to go. Let’s see what he’s got.
LWB) Nacho Monreal
The Spaniard will probably play. The Gunners don’t have many options at left wing-back.
RAM) Theo Walcott
He will probably get his first start of the season in a fluid front three.
LAM) Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez will play.
ST) Olivier Giroud
As will Olivier Giroud with a big match against Chelsea just a few days away.