Wenger To Make 11 Changes: Expected Arsenal XI vs Red Star Belgrade
Arsenal welcome Red Star Belgrade to the Emirates tomorrow night. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Arsenal will look to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League when we welcome Red Star Belgrade to the Emirates tomorrow night.
Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: The boss has a big decision to make in goal as David Ospina has once again been ruled out with a groin injury. Petr Cech played in the reverse fixture two weeks ago but this is at home and we’ve all-but qualified already. Matt Macey came in for the League Cup victory over Norwich City and I think Wenger will give him another chance tomorrow.
Defence: There will be wholesale changes to the defence with Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal all set to be rested ahead of Sunday’s trip to Man City.
With Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers still injured, Mohamed Elneny is expected to be deployed at the back alongside Mathieu Debuchy and Rob Holding with the trio playing in both games against Red Star and Norwich recently.
Midfield: Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are set to be given another chance to impress in the wing-back roles – despite that not being their natural position.
Sead Kolasinac has been ruled out with a hip injury and he’s facing a race against time to make the City game this weekend while Hector Bellerin will be rested.
Francis Coquelin should come in to the side in midfield along with youngster Joe Willock as Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will be protected for the Premier League.
Attack: There will be all-change in attack too as first team regulars Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette will all be given the night off to keep them fresh for City.
Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the line up front but hopefully we see youngster Eddie Nketiah given some minutes after his heroics against Norwich last week.
Jack Wilshere will continue to build on his match fitness with another start in a more advanced role while Theo Walcott should also get the nod – although let’s hope he puts in a better performance tomorrow as he was woeful against Norwich.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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