Arsenal v Slavia Prague Confirmed Team News & Predicted XI for EL first-leg

Arsenal will play host to Slavia Prague in the Europa League tonight, in the first-leg of the quarter-finals.

The Gunners lost Kieran Tierney at the weekend, having been forced to withdraw before the break, and he is now set to miss up to six weeks of action.

David Luiz is also confirmed as missing, and he is expected to miss the coming weeks after a procedure this week, while Martin Odegaard is reported to be suffering with discomfort since the international break.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have returned to full training after missing the Liverpool clash also, while Xhaka also returns to availability also.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Leno
Bellerin Holding Mari Soares
Partey Xhaka
Saka Smith Rowe Willian
Aubameyang

I’m pretty certain on most of these positions. I’d be more than happy to see Chambers hold onto his role at right-back, but feel like he might be due a rest.

You could toss a coin on Mari or Gabriel, but I feel like the Spaniard is better suited to playing alongside Holding which is why I give him the nod.

Willian offers the more defensively than Pepe, and I feel like he will have been in Arteta’s thinking ahead of this game with doubts over Odegaard, although the Norwegian could well make the starting line-up which will see ESR take that left-wing role.

Who would you like to see starting this evening?

Patrick

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  1. Kenya 001 says:

    So you need chambers to be rested ! How many games has he even played the whole season?

  2. Grandad says:

    Leno
    Chambers, Holding,Mari,
    Cedric, Partey, Xhaka,Saka,
    ESR, Laca,Martinelli.

    On the assumption that Odegaard is not fit.Bench to include Auba who needs a kick up the behind.

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      I like your 11 grandad

    2. Andrew Elder says:

      So do I, but I don’t think it will happen, especially for Martinelli.

    3. Joe Gunner says:

      What is the real problem with Ateta about Matineli, we might loose the guy in the summer

      1. Mogunna says:

        Almost got it right, but he had to play William, and even worst, on LW, and have Saka on RW.

        It should be other way around if anything

        But it should be

        Martinelli Auba.Saka

        Or
        Nelson Auba Saka
        .
        Rest is perfect But Laca nor Auba would get much as we see. Wings are backwards beside willian supposed to be ion RW and Saka LW.

        Article on Saka versatility risking him a euro spot is so on point.

        Let the boy damage that LW as he is supposed to grow as he is top LW in EPL.
        Tierny not being there, should be obvious..

        Willian must be sub

    4. Indian Gunner London says:

      I like this selection too.
      Pity you are not the manager.

  3. Hope says:

    Cedric >>> any other RB

  4. Twig says:

    Arsenal 2 SPR 0

    Martinelli 18
    Martinelli 79

  5. Yiannis says:

    Matt Ryan
    Bellerin Holding Mari Cedric
    Partey ESR Xhaka
    Saka Auba Martinelli

  6. Jim wall says:

    Leno
    Chambers. Mari. Gab
    Xakai
    Partey. Odegarrd
    ESR
    Saka. Lacca. Martinelle

    3-1-2-1-3 formation…

  7. Idris sabo faragai says:

    Arsenal for life

  8. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    If everything happens favourably for Arsenal in their tonight’s ELC match at home against Slavia Prague, but not happens against Arsenal in the match. Or self inflicted happenings on themselves in the game. Then, us Gooners will hear, read, monitor or watch the Gunners beat the Slavian club side in this quarterfinal 1st leg match tonight.

    But will the beating of Slavia Plague by Arsenal tonight be a comprehensive kind that will make Arsenal to approach the return leg match in high hopes of confidence to undo Slavia Prague. And go through to the semifinals of the competition? To thus keep us Gooners hopes of seeing our Arsenal win the ELC this season for the first ti,e in Arsenal history rising.

    I think Mikel Arteta the Gunners boss has the Gunners team capacity and capability at his disposal to select his matchday 23 man Gunners team squad from to play the match and do a very good job successfully for Arsenal in the match tonight.

    Taking everything that has happened in their last hone match at home against Liverpool in the PL into considerations. And the current happenings at the Gunners too going into their tonight’s ELC match. Arteta should get his Arsenal starting XI and the Gunners on the bench for the match spot ON to beat Slavian club convincingly in the match

  9. Declan says:

    I’d like to see:

    Ryan.
    Bellerin. Holding. Mari. Cedric.
    Partey. Xhaka.
    Saka. ESR. Martinelli.
    Aubamayang.

    1. LtDan says:

      I’d like to see a version of an arsenal team that will actually turn up, play with determination and guile, use the ball wisely, be united in all their play and be committed. It’s not a lot to ask whoever the first choice Arsenal XI are !

  10. LW says:

    Can’t mari play left back and so we olay Cedric holding Gabriel mari
    Partey, xhaka, ceballos
    martinelli laca saka/ pepe
    i think it would be ok too.

  11. S.J says:

    I agree with the writers predicted line up.
    Grandad’s choice would be a great one too.

    But Arteta will not play Martinelli for reasons best known to him.

    These are the matches Aubameyang should use in getting his scoring boots back so I want him to start up front.

    Aubameyang.

    Martinelli. Smith-Rowe. Saka.

    Xhaka. Partey.

    Cedric. Mari. Holding. Bellerin.

    Leno.

  12. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    If everything happens favourably for Arsenal in their tonight’s ELC match at home against Slavia Prague, but not happens against Arsenal in the match. Or self inflicted happenings on themselves in the game. Then, us Gooners will hear, read, monitor or watch the Gunners beat the Slavian club side in this quarterfinal 1st leg match tonight.

    But will the beating of Slavia Plague by Arsenal tonight be a comprehensive kind that will make Arsenal to approach the return leg match in high hopes of confidence to undo Slavia Prague. And go through to the semifinals of the competition? To thus keep us Gooners hopes of seeing our Arsenal win the ELC this season for the first time in Arsenal history rising.

    I think Mikel Arteta the Gunners boss has the Gunners team capacity and capability at his disposal to select his matchday 23 man Gunners team squad from to play the match and do a very good job successfully for Arsenal in the match tonight.

    Taking everything that has happened in their last hone match at home against Liverpool in the PL into considerations. And the current happenings at the Gunners too going into their tonight’s ELC match. Arteta should get his Arsenal starting XI and the Gunners on the bench for the match spot ON to beat the Slavian club convincingly in the match

  13. Mother leopard says:

    If I was the manager I’d be very tempted to go with Grandad’s team tonight.

    Only thing is Arteta will personally think of reverting to back three as a step back and that might be the only reason he rules it outm

  14. LtDan says:

    I’ll wait until the official line up is announced before becoming alarmingly dispondent. If the line up is anything like the one in the writers article and the attitude shown by the players is anything like the Liverpool debacle then I don’t give us much hope. Bellerin, Willan and Aubamayang, with the supporting cast they have around them does not inspire confidence!

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