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How we predict Arsenal to line-up against Villarreal

Arteta will hope to have one of Aubameyang or Lacazette fit, as otherwise he will be short on attacking options. Eddie Nketiah could lead the line in their absence, while Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe are options too.

If Tierney is fit, that would allow Xhaka to move back into midfield as the Swiss has been filling it at left-back recently.

Martin Odegaard, who came off the bench against Everton last Friday, is thought to be ready to start now.

Arsenal predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.

Thursday 8.00pm GMT, BT Sport

Venue: Estadio de la Cerámica

Arsenal squad from: Bernd Leno, Mathew Ryan, Karl Hein, James Hillson, Arthur Okonkwo, Tom Smith, Hubert Graczyk, Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Cedric, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Tolaji Bola, Joel Lopez, Zak Swanson, Alexander Kirk, Zach Awe, Zane Monlouis, Brooke Norton-Cuffy, Bukayo Saka, Dani Ceballos, Martin Odegaard, Willian, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe, Granit Xhaka, Ryan Alebiosu, Ben Cottrell, Miguel Azeez, Omari Giraud-Hutchinson, Charlie Patino, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, Folarin Balogun, Trae Coyle, Jordan McEneff

Doubts: Aubameyang (malaria), Lacazette (hamstring), Tierney (knee)


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