3-4-1-2: Strongest Arsenal line-up to beat Rennes, Ozil and Mustafi starts
Unai Emery may have scratched his head furiously during their previous trip to Roazhon Park, wondering how his side had been put on the backfoot despite impressing in the Premier League before the Europa League trip.
The Spaniard will be looking to revenge his side’s 3-1 loss to Rennes when the French side arrive on Thursday at the Emirates. Arsenal stunned everyone when they laid a sharp and devastating blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United in the weekend, pipping them 2-0, surprisingly, to clench fourth-place on the Premier League log.
Europa League fight resumes again on Thursday, and Emery could play the same tack he used against Manchester United–3-4-1-2 formation.
The Spaniard would likely tweak things in the formation, but still play the same style. Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette is expected to return to the side after his three-match ban was reduced to two following the club’s plea to UEFA to allow him play.
Lacazette’s return will definitely raise the bar of confidence in the side as they chase a quarter final qualification.
Between the sticks, German Bernd Leno is expected to start ahead of experienced veteran Petr Cech. Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny will form their backline and Shkodran Mustafi will report for duty in place of the injured Rob Holding.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac are also expected to feature.