After claiming an impressive victory over Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday, Arsenal return to the Europa League facing Olympiacos.
Mikel Arteta’s side secured bragging rights in the North London derby thanks to goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette, and appear to have gained some momentum at a crucial point in the season.
And, with a 3-1 advantage under their belt against Olympiacos, the Gunners all look set to move on to the next round of the competition, as they welcome the Greek giants to the Emirates tonight.
Should Aubameyang start tonight?
With West Ham on the horizon this weekend, Arteta could consider brushing things up for Thursday’s game given his lead in the first leg, but it should remain a solid starting lineup.
And with that in mind, below is a look at how the Gunners could line up.
In the goal, Bernd Leno is hoping to do better than in the first leg, where he was instrumental in the Gunners’ terrible defensive blunder for the Olympiacos goal.
The defense could see a key change with Hector Bellerin coming in to replace Cedric, with Arteta potentially looking to rest the Portuguese ahead of the Hammers clash on Sunday.
In midfield, £ 200,000-a-week winner Thomas Partey could end up on the bench after starting the last few games on the north London side – Mohamed Elneny is surely pushing for a recall, especially after his long howler scope. Greece.
Further forward, Nicolas Pepe also made a good deal to start, after coming in at half-time for injured Bukayo Saka and playing the pass leading to Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty.
And up front, Arteta could give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the chance to right his mistake over the weekend, which saw him drop out of starting lineup against Spurs.
In total, the Arsenal boss could make five changes from the starting lineup against Spurs, with Willian also replacing the rested Emile Smith Rowe.