Can Martinelli keep up his red-hot form? Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal XI to face Vitoria SC

Vitoria SC vs Arsenal prediction: Arsenal line-up

Nothing less than a win would satisfy London side Arsenal when they face Portuguese outfit Vitoria SC for the second time in the Europa League Group F encounter, this time away from home.

With their league match against Wolves ending in a drab 1-1 draw earlier this Saturday, Arsenal have now extended their winless streak to three matches in all competitions.

Arsenal would be looking for a win when they meet Vitoria SC this Wednesday.
Arsenal would be looking for a win when they meet Vitoria SC this Wednesday. (Getty Images)

Manager Unai Emery has received heavy criticism for his mediocre performances since taking charge 18 months back, with enraged Gunner fans crying for his ouster.

The Spaniard’s days at the Emirates seem numbered until he finds a solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes, which has see them concede goals after securing leads.

Unai Emery has received harsh criticisms from pundits and fans alike.
Unai Emery has received harsh criticisms from pundits and fans alike. (Getty Images)

With three wins from three games and a top of the table display, however, holds them in good stead against Vitoria, who sit at the bottom of the table, looking to avoid their fourth Europa League defeat of the season.

Team news

Granit Xhaka and Reiss Nelson remain the only two faces to not feature for the Europa League clash.

Reiss Nelson once again sits out as he recovers from a knee injury.
Reiss Nelson once again sits out as he recovers from a knee injury. (Getty Images)

The Swiss has been ruled out following his public outburst with the fans during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

Nelson, meanwhile, is still recovering from his knee injury and will return to training in the coming weeks.

Predicted XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

D Martinez (GK)

The Argentine will be Emery’s sure choice after featuring in all their Europa league encounters. Martinez has two clean sheets from three matches.

Arsenal's Martinez has been quite decent with his goal-keeping in the Europa League fixtures recently.
Arsenal’s Martinez has been quite decent in the Europa League fixtures recently. (Getty Images)

Hector Bellerin (RB)

Bellerin might once again play the full-back role after his decent show in their home match against Vitoria earlier.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German would fill the centre-back slot, having featured in all their Europa League campaigns. An own goal against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup had cast shadows on his form but Emery could hand him a chance of resurrection.

Shkodran Mustafi might feature in the Europa League encounter against Vitoria SC on Wednesday.
Shkodran Mustafi might feature in the Europa League encounter against Vitoria SC on Wednesday. (Getty Images)

David Luiz (CB)

Luiz could partner Mustafi as he needs someone with experience to steer a defence which has looked shaky at times.

Kieran Tierney (LB)  

After returning from injury, Tierney has shown signs of great improvement, pushing Sead Kolasinac to the bench.

Kieran Tierney during Celtic days.
Kieran Tierney during Celtic days. (Getty Images)

Lucas Torreira (CDM)

With Xhaka ruled out and facing the fans’ ire, the Uruguayan should once again don the deep-lying midfielder role.

Matteo Guendouzi (CDM)

A regular starter for the Gunners this season, this 20-year old has made this season his breakthrough one and is a sure pick.

Matteo Guendouzi has become an integral part of Emery's Arsenal side this season.
Matteo Guendouzi has become an integral part of Emery’s Arsenal side this season. (Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe (RW)

After being benched in the previous game, the Ivorian may return to action to instil some much-needed athleticism and energy.

Mesut Ozil (CAM)

Since the German’s initial fall-out with the boss, the team has witnessed some rapid changes. He now once again orchestrates the Arsenal attack, having started in their last two outings.

Mesut Ozil is once again back in the Arsenal starting lineup
Mesut Ozil is once again back in the Arsenal starting lineup (Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli (LW)

The Brazilian has been the most impressive Gunner in the Europa League. His three goals and one assist hold him in good contention for the starting role.

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Written by Siddharth Suresh

Hello folks, I am an avid football follower who likes to read, report and play the world's most beautiful game. My other hobbies include writing poetry, travelling and exploring new cultures.

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