On Saturday, Arsenal play their first match of their 2018/19 pre-season schedule, against Boreham Wood, so let’s take a look at the likely starting eleven for the clash.


Speaking to the media in a press conference on Thursday, Unai Emery confirmed the squad would be a mix of young players and those who didn’t travel to the World Cup in Russia. Those who did take part in the tournament will be returning over the coming weeks.

Presumably, based on previous pre-seasons, Emery will start with a strong team, before making a host of changes at half-time to give the remainder of the squad a chance to gain some fitness and prove themselves.

Of course, we don’t know anything for sure, because this is all new territory under the Spanish head coach. That’s part of what makes it exciting.

Nonetheless, for the sake of our prediction we’ll assume Emery plays a fairly similar formation to the one Arsenal finished last season with.

Click ‘next’ for a breakdown of how each position is looking ahead of the match