Standard Liege vs Arsenal prediction: Arsenal line-up
Arsenal’s form has continued to be inconsistent even after sacking Unai Emery and without a win in 9 games, they were clinical against West Ham United on a late Monday night show.
The Gunners travel to Belgium for their final Europa League group stage fixture as they face off against Standard Liege in the Maurice Dufrasne Stadion on Thursday. A win against the Belgium outfit would see them top their group.
Freddie Ljungberg would be hoping his boys play in the same way as they did against the Hammers in the second half. Confidence would be a huge factor if the Gunners expect the result to go their way.
On the other hand, Standard Liege know it is a must-win game for them if they are to progress to the knockout phase. They seem do be doing well at the moment with 3 wins from their last 5 games and would be hoping to outplay their opponents.
However, Arsenal would be looking to take maximum points to boost their confidence before reaching the knockout phase.
Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos is ruled out and Rob Holding has not recovered from his knee injury yet.
Hector Bellerin picked up an injury in the warm-up ahead of the clash against West Ham and was pulled out of the game. He remains to be doubtful for this encounter.
Kieran Tierney’s shoulder injury forced him out of the game last time and Granit Xhaka was taken off against West Ham after he suffered a concussion.
Probable Arsenal XI
Bernd Leno (GK)
The German shot-stopper made some crucial saves at the London Stadium that kept his side safe. He is expected to remain in goal for the Gunners.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (RB)
Despite being at fault for the goal they conceded against the Hammers, the youngster showed heart for the whole game. He would continue at right-back.
The 31-year-old seems to be lacking confidence and is yet to make major contributions. He would start ahead of Shkodran Mustafi, who has not been consistent at the back either.
David Luiz (CB)
The former Chelsea man was left on the bench in the previous outing but is expected to take his spot from Calum Chambers. He would be hoping to help the team keep a clean sheet, which the Gunners haven’t managed to do for quite a long time.
Sead Kolasinac (LB)
He came in for the injured Tierney and would start this game in the absence of the Scotsman. He would be hoping to prove a point to Ljungberg to earn a starting place.
Lucas Torreira (CM)
The Uruguayan kept working tirelessly on Monday and seems to have cemented his place in the team after Emery’s departure. He would start for sure.
Matteo Guendouzi (CM)
The Frenchman has been their key player both in helping the attack and tracking back during defensive situations. He would be starting in the place of Granit Xhaka.
Nicolas Pepe (RW)
Pepe, at last, showed up with his brilliance by scoring a goal and an assist that saw the Gunners earn maximum points for the first time after 9 games. He should get another start after a good game against the Hammers.
Mesut Ozil (AM)
The German played well last time but is yet to display an eye-catching performance. He would be hoping to see a shift in his game. He is expected to start and construct the attacks.
Gabriel Martinelli (LW)
He must move ahead in the pecking order and after his first Premier League goal, Martinelli looks to be a bright spot in the squad. He must definitely start.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST)
The striker has been banging in the goals regularly and his inclusion is a must if the Gunners are to see a difference on the scoreboard.