Predicted Arsenal lineup (3-4-2-1) vs Koln, Ospina and Sanchez start

Predicted Arsenal lineup (3-4-2-1) vs Koln, Ospina and Sanchez start

  • 9 month ago

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has named a 42-man squad for this season's Europa League, and this gives an indication that he will offer the fringe players a chance in the competition.

Formation: 3-4-2-1


David Ospina has been the preferred choice for the Cup and European competitions under Arsene Wenger , and the Colombia is likely to get the nod over Petr Cech for the number one role.

With Laurent Koscielny serving a one-match European ban, Per Mertesacker could get a rare run-out in the lineup alongside a makeshift defence involving Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal .

Club graduate Reiss Nelson has put in a series of top performances with the development squad, and he could earn his first competitive outing at right wing-back ahead of Hector Bellerin .

Sead Kolasinac has not featured much for the Gunners through the early part of the season, and there is every likeliness that he could keep his place at left-wing-back.

Onto the midfield, Granit Xhaka could be rested for the encounter with Mohamed Elneny a probable candidate to partner Aaron Ramsey , who played just over an hour against Bournemouth last weekend.

The attack front could see a couple of significant changes with Mesut Ozil , Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck all likely to be rested.

Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott could be tasked with playing the supporting role to Olivier Giroud , who should make his start of the campaign.

Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Elneny, Sanchez, Walcott, Giroud.