Arsenal vs Eintracht Frankfurt Prediction: Arsenal line-up
Hosts Arsenal welcomes German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt for a Europa League Group F encounter to the Emirates on Thursday.
The Unai Emery-led side currently top the group with 10 points, while Eintracht are third in the table, four points behind the leaders.
Arsenal, who were pushed to 8th in the league table after their 2-2 stalemate against a lowly Southampton, have looked a completely different side in the Europa League.
It has been a contrasting display by Arsenal, whose ongoing struggles in the league have not been entirely reflected in the European competition.
They have won three of their last four Europa League encounters and a win against Eintracht would crown them as Group F winners.
Meanwhile, third-placed Eintracht, who lost their previous group game, would be eager to make amends and keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive when they meet Arsenal.
Midfielder Dani Ceballos has been ruled out after picking up a thigh injury whilst on international duty, and won’t be back until the end of December.
Defenders Sead Kolasinac and Rob Holding remain doubtful as they nurse their way back from their respective injuries.
Being sidelined since the start of this month due to a knee injury, winger Bukayo Sako is another player who could most likely not feature against Eintracht.
Predicted Arsenal XI
Emiliano Martinez (GK)
Has featured in all their four Europa League encounters so far and has two clean sheets to his credit.
Hector Bellerin (RB)
Since returning from his long injury lay off, the Spaniard has been a regular presence at right-back and would once again be a definite pick.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
The often-erratic German, who has been overlooked by Emery in the league, has, however, found a starting place in the Europa games so far.
David Luiz (CB)
Has been inconsistent so far, but should get the nod ahead of injured Englishman Rob Holding, who is still under assessment.
Kieran Tierney (LB)
With Kolasinac still doubtful, the fast, hardworking Scotsman, who has 2 assists from 3 games, will most likely feature against Eintracht.
Lucas Torreira (CM)
The Uruguayan would offer the much-needed link between the defence and the attack. Played in Arsenal’s last two games and is sure to retain his spot.
Joe Willock (CM)
The youngster has been impressive in the Europa League, having scored two goals so far. Has started in all the four games that Arsenal have played.
Nicolas Pepe (RW)
The winger is yet to hit top gear. An expensive signing, Emery might be forced to feature , who did not start their last two league games.
Mesut Ozil (CAM)
Ozil has not played a single Europa League fixture this season. However, the German’s creativity in the middle might propel Emery to go for him.
Gabriel Martinelli (LW)
The Brazilian teenager has been on fire so far and has 3 goals to his name. His good form, pace, and excellent finishing skills make him a sure choice.
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Alexandre Lacazette (ST)
After a rather average start to the season, Lacazette helped Arsenal draw level against the Saints with a brace and is sure to retain his spot.