All Change For Wenger: Arsenal’s Predicted Line-up v BATE Borisov

By timgarrett IN Europa League,Lineup - 12:45 Sep 28th 2017

Arsenal’s first venture into the Europa League group stages began in spectacular style a fortnight ago. The scenes of thousands upon thousands of FC Köln marching their way through London will live long in the memory, as will a couple of goals scored in the game that followed. Having gone 1-0 down to a wonder strike, Alexis Sanchez scored one of his own to put the hosts in front. A thrilling way to begin the campaign, and one which Arsene Wenger’s men must now follow up in Belarus.

BATE Borisov are their hosts and, as regular Champions League participants themselves, they look set to offer a stern test. This means that Wenger must strike the correct balance in his team selection, despite the obvious need for rotation in the midst of a hectic schedule. This is the XI we expect him to go with this evening:

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ARSENAL LINE-UP
v BORISOV - BORISOV ARENA, 28 Sep 2017, 18:00
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Ospina
22%
000 / 0
Holding
36%
001 / 0
Mertesacke
22%
000 / 0
Mustafi
44%
000 / 0
Nelson
11%
000 / 0
Maitland-N
22%
000 / 0
Elneny
43%
011 / 0
Wilshere
14%
000 / 0
Iwobi
21%
010 / 0
Walcott
23%
100 / 0
Giroud
36%
100 / 0
Totals222 / 0

As can be seen by each player’s respective participation percentage this season, this is not a side that has had a huge amount of game time so far this term. With that in mind, it will be key that the star names within their ranks put in a strong performance.

Jack Wilshere’s return to the fold has been much publicised, and he is guaranteed to bring plenty of heart to the Arsenal midfield. He will start alongside Mohamed Elneny and, whilst they haven’t started many times together previously, the Gunners have a 100% win ratio when they do.

Another relatively inexperienced but successful partnership will be formed up front, where Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud look set to act as Wenger’s attacking threat. The trio has only started together 3 times previously, but Arsenal have won all 3 and scored 10 goals in the process.

Away European fixtures are never easy, especially when long distances have been travelled, but this is an Arsenal side which should have more than enough to see off BATE Borisov. Anything other than an away win here must be treated as a huge shock and a massive disappointment for Arsene Wenger and his men.

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