So Arsenal aim to continue their unbeaten run when they take on Standard Liege tomorrow night. They are also on a run of 10 games without loss at home in the Europa League since the embarrassing defeat to Ostersunds the season before last, winning the last 5. We have played Standard 4 times in Europe before, winning all 4 and once winning 7-0. Another stat is the Liege have never won an away game in England.
As for current form, let’s look at Leige’s last six away games in this competition….
I can’t see anything there to make me worried about their visit to the Emirates, especially if you look at Arsenal’s recent home record in the Europa…..
I’m sure we can maintain our unbeaten run at Fortress Emirates, no matter which side Emery decides to go with. One thing is sure, Lacazette and Smith-Rowe will definitely not be involved, and I am also sure Emery will continue to play a very young side that have been performing brilliantly so far against Frankfurt and Nottm Forest this season.
The good news is that Holding, Tierney and Bellerin are available for selection, and if Chambers also starts we could be seeing our new back four together for the first time, although Mavropanos and Mustafi are also possibilities. Aubameyang is expected to be rested, giving Martinelli and Saka the chance to run the forward line, with Willock and Reiss Nelson in with a shout too. Martinez is nailed on be in goal I think. The only other big question is; Will Emery embarrass Ozil again by naming him in the line-up?
So here is my predicted line up…..
26 E. Martínez
23 H. Bellerin
20 S. Mustafi
16 R. Holding
31 K. Tierny
21 C. Chambers
34 G. Xhaka
11 L. Torreira
28 J. Willock
77 B. Saka
35 G. Martinelli
So what do you all think of that starting line up? Possible?