How Arsenal may line up in opposition to Slavia Prague
Arsenal face Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday to build a comfortable lead ahead of a trip to the Czech Republic next week.
The Liverpool defeat almost confirmed that the Gunners will be without European football for the next season unless Mikel Arteta’s side can win that competition.
Arteta’s side are left without key Kieran Tierney with a knee injury that could rule them out for six weeks, weakening a defense that have conceded three goals in their last two games.
Cedric Soares came into play for the Scotsman on Saturday so is likely to play a full-back in his less favorable position.
David Luiz’s continued absence means Rob Holding and Gabriel will be the center-back pairing, with Calum Chambers continuing to take Hector Bellerin’s place on the right.
Granit Xhaka’s physicality was missed over the weekend, which means his return to the team is likely alongside big money signing Thomas Partey.
Bukayo Saka has been Arsenal’s best player this season and will give the team a boost upon his return to the wing.
Martin Odegaard is another player who took a hit but should be back in time to face the Czech champions.
Many have questioned the persistent selection of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on the same team, but it would be a surprise if both were on the bench.
Slavia Prague beat Rangers in the preliminary round, but Arsenal would prevail in this tie and make it to the semi-finals.