Arsenal make the long trip to Sweden to face Ostersund in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie. The north London giants are expected to experience sub-zero temperatures during their visit to the Jämtkraft Arena and manager Arsene Wenger has decided to exclude a couple of key players from the travelling squad.
Colombia international David Ospina has been the preferred pick for the European and Cup duties this campaign and he should earn the gloves ahead of Petr Cech once more on Thursday night.
In defence, Laurent Koscielny is a certain absentee after not travelling with the squad and his absence, Calum Chambers may partner Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the Gunners backline.
At right-back, Hector Bellerin should continue despite an average performance in the north London derby whilst Sead Kolasinac could earn a rare start at left-back ahead of Nacho Monreal.
Onto the midfield, Jack Wilshere would take part in the encounter after being left out of the squad as a precaution and this should witness Mohamed Elneny start alongside Granit Xhaka in the centre of the park.
Further forward, Mesut Ozil is expected to make his Europa League debut, as suggested by Wenger, and the German could slot into the right-wing with Alex Iwobi on the left whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan could feature in the number 10 role, he craves for.
Upfront, Danny Welbeck is an undisputed starter considering Alexandre Lacazette is on the sidelines after his knee surgery. Winter signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains ineligible to feature with his former club Borussia Dortmund registered in the same compensation.
Ostersund 0-2 Arsenal
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