It certainly looks like we Will be seeing Kieran Tierney, Holding and Lacazette all playing together for the first time this evening, and maybe even Héctor Bellerin, who was left out of the Arsenal squad against Sheffield United on Monday but took part in training yesterday in preparation for the Europa League game against Vitoria.
The latest news is that Aubameyang and Luiz were excused from the session to rest them for Sunday’s big game against Crystal Palace, and we are likely to see Martinelli back in the team as well.
I am expecting to see a completely new back four with Tierney, Holding, Mustafi and Bellerin providing the cover for Martínez in goals, and Emery hinted that this may happen when he said in the pre-match conference: “We are improving defensively, we are conceding less goals. That’s one objective we’re [achieving]. But I don’t want to achieve that best performance only with one system or with the same four players. In the Europa League we are using different players and they are also improving our defensive moment. It’s for all the players. Above all, I want to continue to be an offensive team, but improve defensively.”
The interesting question for most fans is whether Emery Will finally give Ozil a chance, but after missing the first two Europa League games it is likely that he will be left on the bench or even out of the squad. Hopefully Torreira will be seen again in the middle of the park and flanked by Ceballos and Willock.
Whoever Emery picks tonight, I am sure they Will be a big improvement on our toothless attack against Sheff United, and I’m expecting an easy three points for our youngsters…