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How we predict Arsenal will line up vs Benfica

The game is the first of a busy 11-day stretch for Arsenal, that includes clashes with Leicester, Manchester City and the second leg of their last-32 tie with Benfica.

As a result, Arteta is expected to rotate his squad during the run of matches to ensure players stay fresh.

Left-back Kieran Tierney is back fit, but he has only just returned to training this week and as such Cedric Soares is primed to keep his place in the team.

Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka should also start in midfield again as Thomas Partey is not fit, however the attack is likely to change.

Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe are both primed to come in after being rested during Sunday’s win over Leeds.

Arsenal predicted lineup: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Cedric; Ceballos, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

Thursday 8.00pm GMT, BT Sport

Arsenal squad from: Leno, Ryan; Bellerin, Cedric, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Ceballos, Elneny, Odegaard, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Balogun, Lacazette, Martinelli, Nelson, Nketiah, Pepe and Willian.

Injured: Partey (hamstring)


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