Arsenal have a chance to win the Europa League and qualify for the holy grail of European football ( UEFA Champions League) when they take on familiar but capital rivals Chelsea in Baku next week. The mandate given to Unai Emery on his appointment was to finish the Premier League season in top four places and qualify for the UCL – after failing to achieve the former, the Spanish tactician have an outside chance to bag the latter if he defeats the Blues in Baku.
Emery is expected to field his best squad for the showdown but he will be without Armenian star Henrikh Mkhitryan, who will not travel with the squad over political reasons. Since the start of the season, Emery has tweaked the formation of the Gunners between 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2 formations. Given the form of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, we expect to see the two goal poachers leading the frontline for the Gunners, but we take a swipe at the possible line-up of Arsenal without Mkhi.
Petr Cech has been the manning in-between the sticks for Arsenal in the Eruropa League but the star shot-stopper has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the role of Sporting director. While the report of his probable move has divided the fans of Arsenal, we expect him to retain his position given his experience. However, there is a call for Emery to field Bernd Leno and not gamble with the Czech.
Apparently, Emery prefers to play with three centre-backs – Mustafi, Sokratis and Koscielny are expected to man the heart of defense. The aforementioned trio have conceded goals but they are the best for the Gunners so far. They will be flanked by Nacho Monreal and Ainsley Maitland Niles.
The strength of the Gunners appear to be the middle of the pack. Although Granit Xhaka is prone to injuries, he is currently the best holding midfielder for the North London giants. He should anchor the midfield, and diminutive marksman Lucas Torreira should be deployed closed to him in the middle of the pack. With the steel provided by Xhaka and Torreira, Ozil can be deployed ahead of the duo as the creative player for Arsenal.
Aubameyang ended the Premier League season as top scorer in the League, you cannot ignore him. He’d fit into a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 formation along his pal Lacazette.