Arsenal travel to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade on Thursday and it’s likely that we’ll see a very different starting XI to the one we saw against Watford.
It’s that time again. Arsenal travel to Serbia for their third Europa League clash of the season against Red Star Belgrade and I would be surprised if there’s much different from the XI Arsene Wenger started against BATE Borisov back in September.
Laurent Koscielny was in training on Wednesday ahead of the clash after limping off against Watford.
Per Mertesacker has spoken before about no longer being able to play twice in one week and since he featured on Saturday, scoring the Gunners’ only goal, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a rest.
Arsene Wenger revealed during his presser that Mathieu Debuchy will probably make his first start since November 2016 so presumably, given the fact that he’s 32, he’ll be starting at centre-back and not wing-back.
Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will probably get another chance to impress, as they did against BATE Borisov, and I imagine the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud will also get a run-out in the name of consistency.
Santi Cazorla (ankle), Calum Chambers (hip) and Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) are all still out.
Predicted Arsenal XI (3-4-2-1): Ospina, Koscielny, Debuchy, Monreal, Nelson, Elneny, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud.