Arsenal’s first leg Europa League quarter-final against Napoli is almost upon us so it’s time to try and work out who will start the game at Ashburton Grove on Thursday night.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on April 07, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 07: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on April 07, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

In goal, Petr Cech should come into the starting lineup even though an argument could (and perhaps should) be made for playing your best goalkeeper at this stage of any competition. That isn’t Cech who is second in errors leading to goals, only behind the calamity that is Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris.

In front of him we’re likely to line-up with a back three once again, no doubt changing to a back four when things go tits up.

Laurent Koscielny still looks like his foot is causing him some bother so we’ll see Shkodran Mustafi continue to pretend to be a top-level footballer alongside Sokratis who will now miss the next two domestic fixtures through suspension.

If we go with a back three, that means we will also see Nacho Monreal take the other centreback slot.

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