Predicted Arsenal line-up to face Vorskla in the Europa League
Arsenal would be aiming to test their bench strength when they visit Ukraine to face Vorskla in the Europa League on Thursday. The Gunners have already qualified for the knockout stages of this competition and with games against Tottenham and Manchester United coming up, Unai Emery will most probably field a second-string side in this match.
The north London club are defending a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions. The fringe players will be seeking to perform well and impress the manager.
Nacho Monreal will return to training in mid-December, while Stephan Lichtsteiner is out as well. Alexandre Lacazette is still nursing a groin injury and won’t be risked for this game. Laurent Koscielny is back in training very soon and Danny Welbeck is ruled out for the season.
Probable Arsenal XI
Manager: Unai Emery
Petr Cech (GK)
With Bernd Leno as the first-choice keeper in the team, Cech has to contend with playing the cup games. Should start this game.
Carl Jenkinson (RB)
Hector Bellerin is expected to get a rest, hence, we may see Jenkinson in action on Thursday.
Rob Holding (CB)
The youngster has been in great form, however, with the Gunners short on centre-back options, Emery could start him in this game.
Julio Pleguezuelo (CB)
The young Academy centre-back could feature in Ukraine, as the manager seeks to rest the first-team players.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (LB)
Sead Kolasinac could get a game off, therefore, we might see Maitland-Niles at left-back.
Mohamed Elneny (CM)
The Egyptian is fit enough to start this game, providing Lucas Torreira with a much-needed rest.
Matteo Guendouzi (CM)
The youngster should feature in this game as Granit Xhaka is expected to get a rest.
Aaron Ramsey (CAM)
The Welshman isn’t really in the first-team plans of the manager, hence, we may see him in action in the cup and Europa League games.
Mesut Ozil (RW)
The German didn’t feature against Bournemouth and he had a two-week break before it. So, he should be fresh to start this game.
Emile Smith Rowe (LW)
The Academy youngster has played a few games in the cup competitions and impressed the manager. Expect him to start.
Eddie Nketiah (ST)
With Lacazette and Welbeck out, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expected to get a rest, we may see the young Nketiah leading the line for the Gunners.