Arsenal’s Europa League lineup will show their priority this season

Arsenal will return to Europe with a match against FC Zurich tomorrow after missing out on continental football last season.

The Gunners have started this sampaign very well domestically, but they lost their first league game of the season against Manchester United at the weekend.

Their next match in the EPL is against Everton on Sunday, and they will want to return to winning ways immediately.

However, they need to face Zurich in the Europa League tomorrow first.

For most clubs, they have to prioritise one competition over the other, and for Arsenal, it is either the Europa League or a good finish in the Premier League.

Football London believes the Gunners will want to maintain their early advantage in the league, and that means they will field a much-changed side against Zurich.

They predict that only Ben White, Gabriel Martinelli and Albert Sambi Lokonga are the regulars that will start the game.

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We do not have a big squad to execute this campaign, and we must use our options smartly.

That might require we rest our key men for certain fixtures and ensure we have them fresh for the league matches every weekend.

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  1. We are more or less obliged to play Lokonga and Xhaka in central midfield as there are no alternatives other than White perhaps.Look forward to seeing Vieira in the Odegaard role.

  2. I’m not sure any club ever prioritises a European cup competition at this stage of the season. Any competition with a knock-out element has enough randomness built in to be unpredictable.

    When we lost 4-0 to Chelsea in the EL final, they were already qualified via the PL but for us it was our only hope of Europe the next season. That adds pressure.

    I believe we will prioritise top 4 while aiming to get through the group stages as winners using squad players as much as possible. By the time you get to the last 16 you have 7 matches left which should be do-able.

    Some players will have a rest during the world cup (their country didn’t qulaify – Tierney, Zinchenko etc) and some will return knackered. All that needs to be factored in.

    EL is nice to have and may become a priority later, if top 4 starts looking unlikely.

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