Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faces a tricky balancing act in tonight’s Champions League visit to RC Lens, with a crunch Premier League clash against Manchester City looming on Sunday. Here is the predicted lineup and team news for the match:
Thomas Partey has been included in the travelling squad but will likely be on the bench, having not played since August. This leaves Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard likely to continue in midfield.
Fabio Vieira could come back in for Kai Havertz, despite the latter’s goal from the penalty spot in the previous match against Bournemouth.
Leandro Trossard is also pushing for a return to the side after recovering from injury. He was impressive in the opening Champions League group game against PSV Eindhoven and may replace Eddie Nketiah in the front three, allowing Gabriel Jesus to return to central striker.
Takehiro Tomiyasu could start, enabling Arteta to rest Oleksandr Zinchenko against his former club at the weekend.
There remains debate about Arsenal’s best goalkeeper, but David Raya appears to have ousted Aaron Ramsdale in the big games.
Jurrien Timber (ACL) and Gabriel Martinelli (hamstring) have not travelled.
Arsenal predicted XI (4-3-3): Raya; White, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomiyasu; Rice, Odegaard, Vieira; Saka, Trossard, Jesus
Time and date: 8pm BST on October 3, 2023
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Who is the Arsenal manager?
The current Arsenal manager is Mikel Arteta.
2. Who is Arsenal’s best goalkeeper?
There is debate about Arsenal’s best goalkeeper, but David Raya appears to have ousted Aaron Ramsdale in the big games.
3. Who is Arsenal’s top scorer?
The top scorer for Arsenal can vary from season to season. As of now, the top scorer is Gabriel Jesus.
4. Who are the key players to watch in the Arsenal vs Lens match?
Key players to watch in the Arsenal vs Lens match include Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Jesus.
5. What is the predicted lineup for Arsenal in the match against Lens?
The predicted lineup for Arsenal in the match against Lens is as follows: Raya; White, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomiyasu; Rice, Odegaard, Vieira; Saka, Trossard, Jesus.