Willian out as Arteta makes 3 changes | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Olympiacos

Arsenal take on Olympaicos in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday night. Here is the team Gooner Mac expects Mikel Arteta to select:…….Willian out as Arteta makes 3 changes | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Olympiacos

Goalkeeper: There will be no change in goal for Arsenal as Bernd Leno will once again start between the sticks so Mat Ryan will act as his back-up on the bench.

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Defence: Arteta is expected to make a couple of changes in defence with Hector Bellerin recalled to start at right-back after being rested for the 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday. Calum Chambers will be the man to make way while Kieran Tierney should keep his place at left-back.

Pablo Mari enjoyed a solid game in the middle of the Arsenal defence at the weekend but I expect we’ll see Gabriel recalled to start alongside David Luiz against Olympiacos tomorrow night. Therefore, Mari will drop out to join Rob Holding on the bench.

Midfield: Thomas Partey came through the Burnley game unscathed and was in fine form for much of that match so I fully expect him to start in the Europa League clash as he’s a vital player for Arsenal when he’s fully fit.

Granit Xhaka made a huge error at Turf Moor which cost Arsenal two points but I just don’t see Arteta dropping him so I expect the boss to stick by the Swiss international. That means Dani Ceballos and Mo Elneny will remain among the substitutes.

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Emile Smith Rowe returned to training today after missing the Burnley game with a knock. A late decision will be made over whether he’ll be available to face Olympiacos but I think we’ll see Martin Odegaard keeping his place in the attacking midfield role tomorrow.

Attack: Bukayo Saka didn’t have his best game at the weekend but I think he’ll still keep his place against Olympiacos while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should continue to lead the line up front with Alexandre Lacazette among the Arsenal subs.

Willian got another assist on Saturday and his form is slightly improving but I still expect to see him drop to the bench tomorrow with Nicolas Pepe in-line for a recall. Gabriel Martinelli will have to make do with another night on the bench.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

 

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