Arsenal travel to Azerbaijan to face Group E rivals Qarabag in the Europa League looking to make it two wins from two in the competition after beating FC Vorskla in the first group match.
The Gunners already know that they will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he had visa problems due to political tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Manager Unai Emery is expected to rotate his team but will want to field a strong starting XI to extend their winning run to seven matches.
Here’s our prediction for how the Gunners will line up on Thursday.
Arsenal predicted XI: Qarabag (A)
GK - Bernd Leno
Leno played in the first group stage match and with Petr Cech ruled out for at least a month with a hamstring injury, Leno is expected to start between the sticks for the Gunners once again.
RB - Stephan Lichtsteiner
The former Juventus full-back also played in the first group stage match against FC Vorskla and seems likely to be brought back into the side against Qarabag.
CB - Rob Holding
Holding has been brilliant since coming into the team to replace Sokratis as he hobbled off with an injury against Everton. He has shown composure on the ball and Emery is likely to stick with him at the back.
CB - Sokratis Papastathopoulos
The centre-back was available for selection against Watford after recovering from a dead leg but Emery did not want to risk him. He’s fully fit and should be back in the team for this fixture.
LB - Sead Kolasinac
Emery is expected to bring in Kolasinac for Nacho Monreal to give the Spaniard a rest. Kolasinac has had various injury problems and will be hoping to get back to his best – starting with this match.
CDM - Mohamed Elneny
The Egyptian played in the first group stage match and looks like he will be called upon once again in this competition. With Lucas Torreira breaking into the starting line up, this is a chance for Elneny to attempt to do the same.
CM - Matteo Guendouzi
The young Frenchman surprised everyone with some very impressive performances at the start of the season. He has lost his place in the Premier League recently but is likely to be brought back into the starting line up for this match.
CAM - Mesut Ozil
Ozil is starting to put in some impressive performances and is linking well with the forwards. He managed to score against Watford and with Mkhitaryan missing out, they’re likely to rely on the German’s creativity tomorrow.
RW - Alex Iwobi
Iwobi has been lively whenever he has played this season and is likely to be handed a start by Emery. If he’s given the start, then the Nigerian needs to take the opportunity with both hands and prove to Emery that he worthy of starting more often.
LW - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang netted twice in the first match of the group and could start once again in the competition. However, Emile Smith Rowe could come into the team after recovering from a hip problem.
ST - Danny Welbeck
Welbeck has scored four goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season, including one in the first match of the group. The Englishman is likely to start as the lone striker.
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