Sporting V Arsenal: Team news

Arsenal face Sporting Lisbon in tonight’s Europa League clash.

The Gunners are on an incredible run of form, winning 10 straight games in all competitions including both Europa League matches so far.

This match will go a long way towards deciding who finishes top of the group, with Portuguese giants Sporting also on six points from two matches.

The sides have only met before in the Europa League’s precursor – the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Arsenal won that second round tie 3-0 on aggregate on their way to winning the trophy.

Unai Emery oversaw an impressive 3-1 victory over Leicester on Monday, but will need to rotate his team with another Premier League match at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Petr Cech is unlikely to be rushed back in after his hamstring injury, although he is close to a return.

Both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac missed out on Monday with minor hamstring issues of their own, and they have been ruled out of contention for this game too – although Sokratis Papastathopoulos could return after an ankle problem.

Fellow defender Laurent Koscielny is back in full training after his major Achilles injury, but will not play just yet.

Konstantinos Mavropanos is also out with a groin injury – but Carl Jenkinson is in the squad having not featured for the Gunners in two years.

Aaron Ramsey, Matteo Guendouzi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should all start after coming off the bench yesterday, while youngster Emile Smith-Rowe will hope for another chance to shine in Europe.

Arsenal’s likely line-up (4-2-3-1): Leno; Holding, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Lichtsteiner; Elneny, Guendouzi; Smith-Rowe, Ramsey, Welbeck; Aubameyang

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