Mikel Arteta & co. trip to the city of Praha in Czech Republic to take on Slavia Prague in the second-leg of their Uefa Europa League quarter-final at Sinobo Stadium.
The Gunners, who made impressive return to winning ways in domestic league, with 3-0 defeat Sheffield United on Sunday evening at Bramall Lane, head into the game aiming of progress to the semi-finals of the Uefa Europa League.
With miserable form in the Premier League, in which saw Mikel Arteta’s side sitting in ninth position on league standings, their hope of qualifying for European competitions next season now base on claimed Europa League title this season.
Mikel Arteta’s men, who already find themselves narrowly behind after the first-leg, albeit on away goals, drawing 1-1 conceding in stoppage time at the Emirates stadium, now head to the Czech Republic needing to score and to get a big result to progress to next round of the competitions.
And ahead of mouthwatering encounter with Slavia Prague, who beat local rivals Sparta Prague 2-0 at the weekend to make it 23 games unbeaten across all competitions, Mikel Arteta’s & co. have received an huge boost concerning the situation regarding Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe injuries problem.
Saka, who limped off during the win over Sheffield United last weekend, back in full training while Martinelli, who also picked up before scored his side’s second goal at Bramall Lane, took major part during Wednesday’s training session.
Emile Smith-Rowe, who sprained his ankle during the first leg against Slavia last week, is back in full training and fit to start but Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubt for tonight tie against Czech champions, who yet to test defeat since December 2020 against Bayer Leverkusen.
David Luiz and Kieran Tierney remain out injured for Arsenal. Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is unlikely to make a whole lot of changes to the side that performed well time out.
In goal, Bernd Leno remains the first choice while the centre-back Pablo Mari and Rob Holding should remain intact as well, meaning Gabriel Magalhaes misses out for a second game in a row.
Despite Calum Chambers impressed at right-back at the weekend, Hector Bellerin should start ahead of him due to just recently returned from an injury while Granit Xhaka, who started as a makeshift left-back against Sheffield United is likely to return to his natural habitat in midfield with Cedric occupying the left-back slot.
The Swiss should pivot alongside Thomas Partey in the middle of the park. The Ghanaian had a good game at the weekend and must look to build on it after what has been a difficult debut season so far.
The fit-again Emile Smith;Rowe should slot in as the No. 10 for Arsenal since Martin Odegaard remains doubt while Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe take up the flanks, meaning Gabriel Martinelli will be the unlucky one to miss out.
Alexandre Lacazette, who bagged a double against the Blades last time out, should once again spearhead the attack for Arsenal with Aubameyang’s availability for the selection yet to be determined.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette