Arsenal are set to continue their bid to win this season’s Europa League trophy this evening with their trip to Portugal to take on Sporting, but will do so with a depleted squad.
The Gunners have a few injuries to deal with, with Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard our latest casualties, while Kieran Tierney is also absent with illness.
Gabriel Jesus has not long returned to train with the squad, but would be a shock inclusion today considering his stage of recovery. It shouldn’t be too long before he is made available however, but the same cannot be said for Mo Elneny, who remains a long-term absentee.
Emile Smith Rowe made his return to action on the weekend, and could well play a part, but having come on to replace Leandro, before later being taken off, he doesn’t appear ready to play the full 90 minutes.
Predicted Arsenal XI:
Tomiyasu Holding Gabriel Zinchenko
Jorginho Vieira Xhaka
Nelson Martinelli Saka
Losing both Nketiah and Trossard whilst Jesus remains on the sidelines is a conundrum we could have done without, but our team has shared out the goals this season and there is little we can do about it right now. It wouldn’t actually be the worst thing to drop out of the competition however, as we continue to stay in the hunt for the Premier League title, but with our team playing such great football, giving up the chance to win a trophy doesn’t seem likely with such an ambitious manager.
Do you think we should rotate more heavily for tonight’s clash?
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Nelson-Martinelli-anybody but Saka
I Wish Saka got a break, he should not be in the squad at all.
“It wouldn’t actually be the worst thing to drop out of the competition however, as we continue to stay in the hunt for the Premier League title”
Like putting all your eggs in one basket. That will bring an extra pressure to win the title, it’s far more safe to stay in Europa
White Holding Kiwior Tomiyasu
Vieira Jorginho Xhaka
Nelson Martinelli ESR
My prefered lineup to give everyone playing mins. Cannot afford to rest Martinelli given our lack of available strikers.
Nelson should play on the right side. He looks more effective there
White Holding Kiwior Tomi
Jorginho Zinchecko Vieira
Nielson Martinelli Smith-Rowe
Confirmed starting team
White Saliba Kiwior Zinchenko
Jorginho Zhaka Vieira
Saka Nelson Martinelli
Plenty of youth on the bench
Tierney is not injured
Why is he not on the bench
A fallout brewing already ?
There have been reports of him not being well. Sore throat I believe.
He is not fit, at least he wasn’t last time I checked.
Strong line up, so fingers crossed.
Strong team. Too strong? We’ve got Fulham on Sunday. Holding….not good. Anyway it’s a strong team.
Good stuff…no Holding…. Kiwior is starting.
Chances created may be a little fewer with Viera
But we should be fine
Team well balanced
Why am I feeling we’re light – ESR not yet battle sharp/ready to me, Trossard injured, Nketiah injured, waiting on Jesus
Hoping they all would be available by next week
Tierney not fit.
Nelson looks extremely sharp.
Turner looks a little rusty so too is the big Polish defender..
Very good game for the neutrals so too is the score line.
A lovely game to get a few B teamers shakes off the rusts.
Turner has grown into the game