Arsenal entertain Villarreal in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie tonight. The Gunners are trailing 2-1 after the first leg, but they have an away goal in their favour.
Mikel Arteta will be hoping for a strong performance from his players. A 1-0 win would be sufficient to see them through to the final in Gdansk later this month.
Bernd Leno was handed a breather on Sunday. Mat Ryan started in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United. Leno is expected to return in goal tonight. The German produced two vital saves to keep the Gunners in the tie last week.
There could be a solitary change of personnel in the defence. Kieran Tierney is back after a month lay-off with a knee injury. He should take up the left-back position.
In midfield, Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are certain to start. Xhaka has played in an unfamiliar left-back position in recent games, but should return to his preferred spot with Tierney’s comeback.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears set to lead the line after bagging a goal and an assist against the Magpies. Alexandre Lacazette is back following a hamstring injury, but he could feature off the bench.
Predicted Arsenal line-up (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney; Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.