Arsenal predicted line-up against RC Lens

By on October 2, 2023

Arsenal will be travelling to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis to face off against RC Lens in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners will be coming into this game off the back of a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth last weekend. So, the North London club are currently full of confidence ahead of this encounter.

Arsenal thrashed PSV Eindhoven in the first game of this season’s Champions League a couple of weeks ago and the Gunners will be hoping to continue their winning run in this competition tomorrow.

However, defeating Lens won’t be straightforward for Mikel Arteta’s side as the Ligue 1 side have only lost two games in the league at home since the beginning of last season. So, Arsenal will have to be at their best to come away with all three points from this encounter.

Expected Arsenal line-up vs Lens

Arsenal had a few injury scares ahead of the last game, but most of them managed to be involved last time out versus the Cherries. So, they don’t have many injury absentees at the moment.

David Raya is likely to keep hold of his place between the sticks for the North London club so Aaron Ramsdale will have to settle for a place on the bench.

William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes are set to remain as the centre-back pairing for Arteta’s side, while Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko should be in the fullback positions. Therefore, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior will have to settle for a place on the bench. Jurrien Timber isn’t in contention to feature due to a long-term injury.

Declan Rice is likely to be the deep-lying playmaker and on either side of the Englishman, Fabio Vieira and Martin Odegaard should commence in the midfield for the Gunners.

So, Kai Havertz will have to return to the bench despite scoring his first goal for Arsenal last time around. Jorginho and Emile Smith Rowe could also find themselves on the bench alongside the German. Thomas Partey isn’t available to feature due to a muscular issue.

Bukayo Saka could be rested for this game before next weekend’s crucial game against Manchester City, especially after he picked up a knock last time out. So, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah could be the front three for Arsenal. Leandro Trossard should be involved as a second-half substitute. Gabriel Martinelli is unexpected to recover in time from a hamstring issue to feature in this game.

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