Predicted Arsenal Line-up To Face Red Star Belgrade In The Europa League
Arsenal managed a hard-fought victory over Swansea City in the league at the weekend and are back in action this week as they welcome Serbian outfit Red Star Belgrade for their 4th group game of the Europa League competition this year. The Gunners ran out 1-0 winners last time, thanks to Olivier Giroud, and will hope to continue their winning run.
Wenger has a big game at the weekend against Manchester City and is expected to rest a number of his key players.
Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla remain unavailable for this game alongside Shkodran Mustafi and David Ospina. Kolasinac picked up a knock at the weekend and is out for the game. However, the Bosnian could be fit for Sunday’s big game against Man City. Calum Chambers is back in training but is not fit enough to play.
Manager: Arsene Wenger
GK – Petr Cech
With Ospina still out injured, Wenger should not take any chances and should use Cech in goal for this game.
CB – Mathieu Debuchy
The French ace did well in his first outing of the season in this competition and is expected to keep his place at the back.
CB – Per Mertesacker
With the crucial Manchester City fixture coming up on Sunday, expect Laurent Koscielny to be rested. Mertesacker should get a start here.
CB – Rob Holding
Holding has been effective every time he has been given a chance and should complete the backline for Arsenal.
RWB – Reiss Nelson
The youngster is the only back up to Bellerin in the first team for Arsenal and will hope to put in another solid performance to win the trust of his manager.
CM – Mohamed Elneny
The Egyptian has been Arsenal’s best midfielder in this competition and should keep his place in the side against Belgrade.
CM – Jack Wilshere
Wilshere has been productive every game this season for Arsenal and is going to be an important player for them, if they are to take a victory from this game.
LWB – Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Another youngster who has done well as a wing-back, Niles has been effective on the left wing and Wenger should stick with him yet again.
RW – Theo Walcott
Walcott is finding it hard to break into the first-team and this is his opportunity to show Wenger that he belongs here.
LW – Alex Iwobi
With Man City game coming up at the weekend, both Sanchez and Ozil are expected to be rested, giving Iwobi a chance to partner Giroud and Walcott in the attack.
ST – Olivier Giroud
The French international scored a world-class goal against Belgrade in the reverse fixture and will get a chance to lead the line for his side yet again this week.