Arsenal take on Standard Liege in Europa League Group F game at Emirates Stadium, looking to maintain their 100% start in the competition this season.
Having lost just once in all competitions, Unai Emery’s team has made a decent start to the new season. But despite sitting at fourth in the Premier League, the team could do with some improvement, especially at the back.
The visitors, meanwhile, can go to the top of the group with a win at the Emirates Stadium. But it’s too much to ask from the visitors who have bee far too inconsistent this season.
The Europa League match will be played between Arsenal and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium, in London, England. The ground has a capacity of 60,161.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Saturday, October 04.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Arsenal – D D W W W D
Standard Liege – L W W W W D
Arsenal Team News:
Alexander Lacazette (ankle) and Emile Smith Rowe (concussion) both remain unavailable for selection due to their injury issues.
Callum Chambers limped off the pitch at the end of the game against Manchester United and is expected to miss the game.
Rotation is key for Unai emery:
Arsenal’s injury list is getting slim these days, so Emery has good depth in the squad these days, or at least, he has the player who can take care of the League Cup games and odd Europa League gome games.
Having made some baffling changes for the game against Manchester United at the weekend, the former Sevilla and PSG boss is expected to hand Mesut Ozil, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles the start in this game.
Emiliano Martinez started in goal in the first Europa League game as well as in the Carabao Cup, so he will get the nod here as well.
Wing-back positions should be occupied by Kieran Tierney, and Hector Bellerin with Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi starting in the central positions.
Arsenal Probable XI:
Emiliano Martinez (GK), Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Gabriel Martinelli
Standard Liege FC Team News:
Striker Orlando Sa remains the only absentee for the visitors ahead of this game.
How Liege could line-up here?
The visitors will most probably line-up the same playing 11 which beat Vitoria SC in the opening Europa League game.
That said, a few players will be looking to get a start here. Zinho Vanheusden has impressed and will fight Merveille Bokadi for a place at the back alongside Konstantinos Laifis.
Manager Michel Preud’homme used super striker Renaud Emond only from the bench at the weekend and will be fresh to start at the Emirates Stadium.
Standard Liege Probable XI:
Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (GK), Mergim Vojvoda, Zinho Vanheusden, Kostas Laifis, Nicolas Gavary, Paul-Jose M’Poku, Merveille Bokadi, Samuel Bastien, Anthony Limbombe, Renaud Emond, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez
Likely to score:
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ARS vs STL Dream11 potential winner:
Arsenal are favourites to win the game.