3 teenagers to start alongside Jenkinson: How Arsenal should line-up against Vorskla

By on November 29, 2018

UEFA have confirmed Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Vorskla will go ahead in Kiev this evening. This is the line-up I’d like Unai Emery to select…

Goalkeeper: Cech

Petr Cech is now Emery’s No.2 and will start in goal today so Bernd Leno has been left in north London to prepare for Sunday’s game with Tottenham.

Defence: Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Holding, Jenkinson

We’ll see plenty of changes in defence and I expect Emery to revert to a flat back four having experimented with three at the back during the win at Bournemouth last weekend. Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin have all been rested while Nacho Monreal is still injured.

Stephan Lichtsteiner is fit to return at right-back after recovering from a hamstring injury while Rob Holding is expected to keep his place at the back but it will be interesting to see who joins him in the middle of defence.

We have a number of youngsters in the squad tonight but I think Mohamed Elneny could be deployed at the back with Carl Jenkinson coming in to make his third appearance of the season at left-back.

Midfield: Guendouzi, Maitland-Niles

Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka haven’t travelled to the Ukraine as they’ve been rested ahead of the Spurs game so Matteo Guendouzi should get a run out in midfield. If Elneny does play in defence then it will allow Ainsley Maitland-Niles to start in his preferred midfield role and I hope he’s given a chance to impress.

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Attack: Smith Rowe, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Nketiah

Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette have all been left in London to rest ahead of the North London Derby so we’ll see plenty of changes in attack.

Aaron Ramsey is in the squad so he is certain to start in the number 10 role while Emile Smith Rowe should get another chance to impress. He’s best suited to a central role but he might have to play from out wide this evening.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is in-line to keep his place and he’ll be hoping to get back on form after some disappointing performances lately while Eddie Nketiah should be given a chance up front with Danny Welbeck obviously missing with a broken ankle.

Emery has taken several of the U23s with him for the game so the likes of Joe Willock, Charlie Gilmour, Tyreece John-Jules, Zech Medley, Bukayo Saka, Dominic Thompson and Jordi Osei-Tutu are vying for places on the bench.

Here is the side I hope we’ll see:

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