Arsene Wenger’s men returned to winning ways in the Premier League League, courtesy of a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday. They are immediately back in action as they take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League, a Belarusian top-flight club.
Arsenal will look to get things done as fast as possible, to switch back to their next Premier League encounter at the weekend but will be delighted with nothing less than the maximum three points.
The likes of defender Francis Coquelin, midfielder Santi Cazorla, defender Calum Chambers and forward Danny Welbeck are all injured and remain the only set of absent players for Arsenal from this clash. However, Arsene Wenger is expected to once again rotate his starting line-up, playing three matches in seven days.
Possible Formation: 3-4-2-1
GK – David Ospina
After a rather decent outing for the team in the Carabao Cup last time around he featured, David Ospina will once again get his opportunity to impress the French tactician in this UEFA Europa League clash.
CB – Rob Holding
The starlet has not been able to make it into Arsenal’s first team of reent in the Premier League but might start this match on the right-hand side of the back three.
CB – Per Mertesacker
The German giant has been used pretty well in cup matches and he should start at the back for the North Londoners.
CB – Nacho Monreal
The full-back turned centre-half has been brilliant in this new position and will complete the Gunner’s defensive line for this match.
RWB – Hector Bellerin
Lack of wing back options should see Arsene Wenger use Hector in his natural right wing-back position against BATE Borisov.
CM – Aaron Ramsey
The Welshman is one of the first players on the squad list and given his match fitness levels, he is expected start this match.
CM – Alex Iwobi
Having played in a similar role successfully in the Gunner’’s first UEFA Europa League clash, Nigerian Alex Iwobi should partner Aaron Ramsey in the midfield, to add more fluidity and technique to the team.
LWB – Ainsley Maitland-Niles
The talented youngster has been brilliant whenever he’s gotten the chance to play and he sure deserves to start this match as a left wing-back.
RAM – Mesut Ozil
The Germany international playmaker returned from injury and got 10 minutes of action against West Brom on Monday night. He should start this match but should not play the entire 90 minute.
LAM – Theo Walcott
The England international winger has only featured in cup matches this League season and this is yet another opportunity for him to prove himdelf.
ST – Olivier Giroud
With England international Danny Welbeck out injured, French tactician Arsene Wenger is left with no choice but to play France international Olivier Giroud to lead the attack, resting Alexandre Lacazette.
The likes of defender Shkodran Mustafi, midfielder Jack Wilshere, Egyptian Mohamed Elneny, Chilean Alexis Sanchez and striker Alexandre Lacazette should all make the bench.