Arsenal welcome Atletico Madrid to the Emirates Stadium for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. The Gunners have had their shaky moments in their progress to the last four of the competition and they now face a huge test of their credentials with Atletico Madrid regarded as the outright favourites to clinch the European title this term.
Petr Cech missed the weekend outing against West Ham United with a hip problem and this witnessed David Ospina start between the sticks. Cech has since, however, recovered from his injury and he may get the nod for the midweek encounter.
At the back, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are genuine candidates to slot into the right and left side of the defence whilst skipper Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi should take up the central defensive positions.
Likewise in midfield, Arsene Wenger may not fancy any changes and this should witness Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere keep their places from the quarter-final clash versus CSKA Moscow.
Wilshere was excluded from the 4-1 triumph over West Ham United where he was carrying a minor ankle problem but Wenger has assured that the injury won’t impact the Englishman’s contribution towards the midweek game.
Going forward, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not completely recovered after his medial knee ligament injury sustained versus CSKA and Wenger has confirmed that the Armenian may return against Manchester United at best.
In this case, Danny Welbeck could slot into the left side of the attack with Mesut Ozil on the right whilst Alexandre Lacazette should lead the line with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deemed ineligible for the competition.
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