Ljungberg To Ring The Changes | Predicted Arsenal Lineup vs Standard Liege

Arsenal will play their final game of the Europa League group stage on Thursday when they take on Belgian side Standard Liege.

The Gunners returned to winning ways on Monday after a come-from-behind 3-1 victory against West Ham United at the London Stadium, and will look to carry that momentum forward in Europe.

Since it will take an extraordinary five-goal defeat to knock Arsenal out of the competition, Freddie Ljungberg could experiment with his side for the upcoming clash.

Arsenal Team News

Dani Ceballos is out with a thigh injury and is expected to return later this month. Rob Holding is doubtful for the upcoming fixture owing to his knee injury, and a late call will be made on him.

Hector Bellerin suffered a hamstring issue during the warm-up ahead of the clash against West Ham United earlier this week, and although his problem is not very serious, he might not be risked this soon, with a busy Christmas period coming up.

Kieran Tierney and Granit Xhaka could also be rested for the clash against Liege.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup vs Standard Liege (4-2-3-1)

Defence

Bernd Leno is likely to be rested and Emiliano Martinez could replace him in the Arsenal lineup. The latter has done a decent job between the sticks whenever he has been called upon this season.

While David Luiz and Calum Chambers are expected to feature in the central defence, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac could be summoned to operate as the full-backs once again.

Midfield

Ljungberg is an advocate of handing opportunities to the younger players, so we could see Matteo Guendouzi start alongside Joe Willock in central midfield.

Emile Smith Rowe is one of the most talented players to have emerged through Arsenal’s academy.

Attack

With 3 goals and 1 assist to his name from 4 Europa League appearances so far this campaign, Gabriel Martinelli is expected to lead the line. He came on and changed the game against West Ham United on Monday, and will be high on confidence.

Reiss Nelson has done a decent job down the left flank and the 20-year-old could start on the left side. Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe is expected to feature on the opposite side to add quality in the final third.

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  1. Stephan Luc Larose
    December 11, 2019