Arsenal has finally found some form this season after their 2-1 defeat at Watford in mid-October. The Gunners have managed to pick up 4 wins in a row in all competitions and will be hoping to extend the run when they come up against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.
Arsene Wenger’s side comes into this Europa League fixture after a close game against Swansea City. Kolasinac and Ramsey scored to comeback against the Swans and win the game 2-1.
On the hand, Red Star Belgrade managed to win their Serbian League game 1-0 against Zemun.
A win for Arsenal means that they have secured qualification for the knockout phase of the Europa League. Giroud 85th minute strike proved to the winner when the sides met last game day. Here is how we expect Arsenal to lineup on Thursday –
Petr Cech is set to start in between the sticks for the Gunners at The Emirates. Arsene Wenger will be experimenting with the centre-backs for the game on Thursday.
Defensive midfielder, Elneny will be dropping down to the heart of the defence in the midweek fixture as some of the key players are rested. This week, Wenger revealed that Debuchy could make a spot for himself in the starting XI if he decides to move into the centre-back role.
The Frenchman is likely to start in that position for this clash. Rob Holding is set to start and complete the defensive trio for Arsenal.
Reiss Nelson and Maitland-Niles have enjoyed a great run in the first team this season. The young duo has been impressive in the wing-back roles and is set to make another appearance in the Europa League.
Once a regular under Wenger, Coquelin has failed to impress the fans or manager this season. The midfield enforcer will be hoping to earn a regular spot in the starting XI with an impressive performance against the Serbian outfit.
Jack Wilshere has proven his fitness and has made a couple of appearances in cup competitions. The Englishman would love to use this platform to make a spot for himself on the teamsheet every week.
Sanchez, Lacazatte and Ozil will be rested by Arsene Wenger for this Europa League fixture. Theo Walcott will be taking the responsibilities of creating plays from the right-wing. The English International will be joined by Alex Iwobi on the opposite wing.
In absence of Lacazatte, Oliver Giroud is set to lead the Arsenal forward once again on Thursday at The Emirates.
Cech; Debuchy, Elneny, Holding; Reiss Nelson, Coquelin, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Giroud, Iwobi