4-2-3-1 – Rob Holding & Niles To Start – Arsenal’s Likely Line Up For Östersund

Tomorrow the Gunners will fly to Sweden to face minnows Östersund. This will be the first leg of the knockout tie, a tie in which Arsenal should have no problems in winning.

Here’s the likely XI Arsène Wenger will pick against Östersunds.

GK: David Ospina

It looked as though Arsenal’s no.2 was going to start on the weekend against Tottenham, alas, Petr Cech passed a late fitness test to start at Wembley. The Colombian is the club’s cup keeper and he’ll be using this opportunity to show Arsène Wenger why he should be starting in the Premier League.

RB: Hector Bellerín

As Mathieu Debuchy went to the extreme lengths of terminating his own contract, Hector Bellerín is the only legitimate right-back at the company. As Arsenal are out of the FA Cup, they will not be playing on the weekend, meaning first team players are available for this knockout tie.

CB: Rob Holding

The former Bolton prodigy has looked out of his depth at Arsenal, but he has shown signs of promise. In last season’s FA Cup final, he displayed an exceptional level of aggression to pocket Diego Costa, he will need to revive that same performance in Arsenal’s first Europa League knockout tie in over a decade.

CB: Calum Chambers

The Englishman hasn’t progressed like many thought he would at the Emirates. But as Arsenal’s defensive woes continue to widen, this could be a great opportunity for Chambers to stake a claim in the first team.

LB: Sead Kolašinac

Nacho Monreal’s form has placed new signing Sead Kolašinac firmly on the bench. Now the Bosnian will only be able to show his talents in the cup competitions.

CDM: Mohammed Elneny

The Egyptian may have played on the weekend but it’s highly likely that Arsène Wenger will require his services again. The departure of Francis Coquelin now means the Gunners are short in the defensive mid department, giving more playing time to Mohammed Elneny.

CM: Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Arsène Wenger has insisted on playing Ainsley Maitland-Niles at LWB, even though his natural position is at CM. The 20-year-old has drive, good ball control, pace, strength and quality vision, these are traits that will help him to dominate the midfield against Östersunds.

RW: Alex Iwobi

The Nigerian youngster has taken a lot of criticism in recent months but Arsène Wenger’s persistence with him has given him the confidence to express himself. Now the 21-year-old will have to repay that faith shown in him by leading Arsenal to the next round of the Europa League.

CAM: Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere seems to be enjoying the best injury-free spell of his career at the Emirates. He’s proved his fitness to the club and the high standards of performance have come with it. In this line-up, Jack Wilshere will be solely responsible for the creative duties against Östersunds.

RW: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang may be cup-tied for the Europa League, but his partner in crime isn’t. The inclusion of the Armenian will give Arsenal fans much confidence as he was the same man that led Manchester United to the same trophy last season.

ST: Danny Welbeck

With Alexandre Lacazette now out for 4-6 weeks and Olivier Giroud at Chelsea, Danny Welbeck is Arsenal’s only out and out striker for the visit of Swedish side, Östersunds. The Englishman will be looking to add to his 5-goal tally for the season thus far.


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