Arsenal make the 2500-mile trip to Azerbaijan to take on Qarabag in their second game of the Europa League group stage. The Gunners had a routine 4-2 triumph over Vorskla in the opener a fortnight ago and they will be aiming for another solid victory against Qarabag on the road.
Petr Cech will certainly miss the encounter after picking up a hamstring problem against Watford last weekend and in his absence, Bernd Leno should once more feature between the sticks for the north London giants.
At right-back, Emery should make the routine swap with Stephan Lichtsteiner featuring ahead of Hector Bellerin and we are fancying Sead Kolasinac for a start in the opposite direction after recovering from his knee injury.
At the heart of the backline, Rob Holding may maintain his position after impressing from the starting lineup in the previous two matches and he could be accompanied by Sokratis, who has travelled with the team after recovering from a dead leg picked up versus Everton.
Onto the midfield, Mohamed Elneny and Mateo Guendouzi were the preferred picks for the Europa League opener last month and the duo may once more feature against Qarabag having played no role during last weekend’s game versus Watford.
Further forward, Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have not made the trip due to personal and political reasons respectively and this may offer Mesut Ozil with a rare Europa League start with Emery likely to want an experience playmaker in the number 10 position.
Aside from him, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi may slot into the left and right side of the former Germany international whilst Alexandre Lacazette should likely lead the line with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang battling a minor illness which has restricted him from making the Baku trip.
Predicted Arsenal lineup: Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Mateo Guendouzi, Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette.
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