Predicted Arsenal XI to face Dundalk in the Europa League
Arsenal face Dundalk in their second group stage game of the Europa League. The Gunners haven’t had the best run of results coming into this fixture. They have alternated between losses and wins in their last 4 games, with their last game against Leicester ending in a narrow defeat.
Dundalk themselves aren’t in great form either. They are coming into this on the back of two successive losses at the hands of Molde and Waterford. The Gunners are expected to edge this one out but given the bad form of both teams, it is impossible to tell what the game has in store.
Only Gabriel Martinelli is a confirmed absentee due to injury. Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil and Sokratis were excluded from the squad, so there are no chances of seeing them either.
There do remain some doubtful names such as Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding. David Luiz and Bukayo Saka are doubtful as well after their injuries against Leicester City. Arteta might just throw in the youngsters for this game to rest key players, keeping in mind the clash against Manchester United at the weekend.
Probable Arsenal XI
Alex Runnarsson (GK)
The new man with the gloves might get to make his debut in his new colours. He might get a good run of games in the competition as well.
Sead Kolasinac (LB)
The Bosnian returns for this game, most likely as a part of squad rotation.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB)
With Luiz doubtful after the injury he picked up during the weekend, Mustafi might be called on for his first start of the season.
Gabriel Magalhaes (CB)
A regular face in the backline for the club nowadays. Gabriel has settled in well for Arsenal.
Cedric Soares (RB)
Replaces Bellerin and is likely to get some valuable game time.
Thomas Partey (DM)
The new man is slowly getting into his stride for his new side. Should be fully set with a few more games under his belt.
Mohamed Elneny (CM)
Quite literally no one expected to see Elneny in an Arsenal shirt again but we did. Should be a regular feature in the Europa League campaign.
Joe Willock (CM)
The academy graduate should get his chance in the cup competitions this season.
Reiss Nelson (LW)
One of the youngsters who might get his chance to impress. Cannot pass it up.
Eddie Nketiah (ST)
Will be deputising given the fact that senior attackers might be rested for the fixture.
Nicolas Pepe (RW)
The forward will be one of the few senior players leading the line. Needs to lead by example and get back into some form.