Arsenal v Molde Confirmed Team News & Predicted XI

Arsenal will be looking to extend their 100% record when they take on Molde in the Europa League tonight, and will do so with only three missing players.

The Gunners go into today’s clash with almost a full-bill of health at our disposal, with only Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli confirmed by Arsenal as missing, while Calum Chambers is a doubt as he nears a return to fitness after over 10 months out.

The Argentine will hopefully return to full training after the international break, but will need time to get back to full fitness before becoming available, while Martinelli remains unlikely to feature again in 2020 as confirmed by Arsenal yesterday.

David Luiz and Rob Holding are back to full fitness after issues in recent weeks, and are both in contention to start this evening, while Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes are also possible starters

Predicted XI:

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Holding Xhaka Kolasinac
Soares Ceballos Willock AMN
Pepe Lacazette Nelson

Granit got the nod to fill in at centre-back last week against Dundalk, and I get the feeling that Arteta will give the idea another opportunity to shine.

David Luiz absence in recent weeks took a little away from our ability to play out from the back, and I believe this was the reasoning to give the Swiss international a chance in a back three, although whether the manager deems it worthy of further experiment is yet to be seen.

With Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny forming an impressive partnership in midfield, Arteta could well be looking at using Xhaka at CB as a long-term option.

Did Xhaka get an easy ride last week against Dundalk? Should he get another opportunity in the role this evening?

Patrick

Tags Molde

10 Comments

  1. Kedar says:

    If Luiz is available then why to play wasteful Xhaka as CB??
    Should start with Luiz and Holding
    Kolasinac as LB
    Cedric as RB
    Willock Ceballos and Xhaka in Midfield and Nelson Niketiah and Pépé up front

  2. Grandad says:

    Apart from Mustafi for Holding I suspect your team is bang on Kedar.Having unexpectedly returned from injury against Man Utd I think Holding will be rested for the Villa game.

    1. Kedar says:

      Yes Actually after submitting comment I realised that we have Mustafi, otherwise I forgot him fully 😃😁

  3. Wisdom bassey says:

    Why not play Luis in the defense and play xhaka in the midfield

  4. Declan says:

    I too think Holding will be rested along with Gabriel with possibly Luiz and Mustafi playing at centre back.

  5. Sue says:

    Didn’t see Nelson in any of the training photos…

  6. RW1 says:

    Xhaka on bench .. only place for him … give yung’uns a chance .. can’t be worse than him

  7. Aaron says:

    Sue,

    Nelson out with knee injury, reports he will miss Villa too.

    Bring on ESR!

    1. Sue says:

      Cheers Aaron.. 👍
      Yes, ESR all the way!! 🙂

    2. CorporateMan says:

      Nelson out, that’s a shame because I think he did very well against Dundalk especially when operating from the right wing

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