Predicted Arsenal line-up to face Vorskla in the Europa League
Arsenal kick-start their Europa League campaign with a home game against Ukranian club Vorskla at the Emirates stadium. Manager Unai Emery is a three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla so he would have an idea of how to go about the business of dealing with playing in both UEL and the Premier League.
The Spaniard has vowed to play his strongest team whenever possible and take this tournament seriously. (Daily Mail)
While this may worry a few Arsenal fans as they have seen English teams struggle when playing on Thursday and Sunday, the intent of Emery to go for every silverware should be a buoyant factor.
Up first, the Gunners will play Vorskla and hope to get a good start.
Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are long-term absentees from the squad. Emery has no other injury issues to worry about as the Gunners came out unscathed from the game against Newcastle United.
Probable Arsenal XI
Manager: Unai Emery
Bernd Leno (GK)
The German is almost certain to make his Arsenal debut in this competition. The challenge for him is to perform well and knock on the door for the No.1 spot.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB)
The Swiss international is expected to start at right-back, with Hector Bellerin getting a rest.
Rob Holding (CB)
We may see either Shkodran Mustafi or Sokratis sit out this game. Holding could get a chance to shine.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
The German might start the game if Sokratis gets a day off.
Nacho Monreal (LB)
Emery has no other option at left-back as Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac are out injured. Monreal is a sure starter.
Lucas Torreira (CM)
The Uruguayan hasn’t started a league game yet but has come on and made a very big impact in all the games. Expect him to start ahead of Granit Xhaka in this game.
Matteo Guendouzi (CM)
The youngster has begun the season with loads of promise and talent on display. Emery might give him more game time to settle in.
Danny Welbeck (LW)
The Englishman has to take these opportunities if he intends to grab a regular role in the first-team.
Alex Iwobi (CAM)
The Nigerian might get this game to show his potential and prove to Emery that he is good enough for a regular spot.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RW)
The Armenian has struggled to get a period of games to establish himself this season. He might get that on Thursday.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST)
The Frenchman could start this game ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang given the form that he is in.