[Teams] Vitoria vs Arsenal: Confirmed line-ups for Europa League clash
Arsenal can guarantee qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League with victory over Vitoria this afternoon. Here are the line-ups:
Arsenal can virtually guarantee qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League with victory over Vitoria in Portugal this afternoon [3.50pm kick-off].
Unai Emery looks to have gone with a back three as Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Sokratis are all named in the starting eleven. Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles appear to be deployed in the wing-back positions. However, there is a chance Arsenal will line-up with a back four as Mustafi could play at right-back with Maitland-Niles further forward.
Emi Martinez starts in goal with Bernd Leno dropping out while Joe Willock is partnered by Dani Ceballos in midfield. Nicolas Pepe gets a recall after not featuring during Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves at the weekend.
Gabriel Martinelli leads the line up front with Bukayo Saka offering support in attack. Alexandre Lacazette is named on the bench along with Reiss Nelson, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, David Luiz and Calum Chambers haven’t travelled while Granit Xhaka isn’t involved after being stripped of the captaincy.
Here are the confirmed line-ups:
Douglas; Venâncio, Tapsoda, Soares, Pêpê; Evangelista, Agu, Davidson; Edwards, Duarte, Víctor García.
Subs: Miguel Silva, Leo Bonatini, Rochinha, Al Musrati, Andre Pereira, Poha, Hanin
Martinez; Mustafi, Holding, Sokratis; Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Willock, Tierney; Pepe, Martinelli, Saka
Subs: Leno, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Nelson, Lacazette