Arsenal Team News vs Benfica: Partey, Tierney, Pepe, Saka, Lacazette & Holding


Mikel Arteta’s & co. will be aiming to join north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the last-16 of the Uefa Europa League when they play hosts Benfica in the second-leg of their last-32 clash in Athens this evening.

The Gunners, who suffered home defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, will trip to Greece with the tie poised at 1-1 following last Thursday’s first-leg in Italy.

After falling behind to Pizzi’s spot-kick, Mikel Arteta’s side quickly responded back within two minutes through, in-form Bukayo Saka, to ensuring the London club secured an all-important away goal ahead of this evening’s second-leg.

Ahead of mouthwatering encounter with Benfica, who endured another draw against lowly placed Farense, following the game against the Gunners, here is all the very Arsenal injury news.

Mikel Arteta rested a few key players on Sunday against Manchester City, with Gabriel Magalheas, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Emile Smith-Rowe all expected to be name in Starting XI against Portuguese giants this evening.

With the London club aim to progress to the last-16 of the competitions, they have been handed a major boost with the returned of midfielder Thomas Partey, who missed his side’s last three matches due to hamstring injury problem.

The Ghanaian international has involved in first-team final preparations for Benfica clash and according to Football London, claim the 27-year-old is fit and available for the selection.

It added that Ex-Atletico Madrid ace has been included in travelling squad after successfully coming through training on Wednesday unscathed but defender Rob Holding has remains sidelined after was forced off against City at the weekend.

Tierney, meanwhile, will be in contention to start against Benfica this evening, the Scott is expected to find new reserves of energy in a game when Arsenal need him most, while Bernd Leno will continue his duties in goal and Hector Bellerin resume his role as right-back.

Brazilian duo Luiz and Gabriel Magalheas are expected to replace Rob Holding and Pablo Mari in central defence. In midfield park, Dani Ceballos is likely to replace Mohamed Elneny to play alongside Granit Xhaka in the pivot while Emile Smith-Rowe will be reinstated in central attacking role, displacing Martin Odegaard.

In attack, Arsenal’s to be Player of the Season, Bukayo Saka will be the first name on the team sheet, on the right-wing and he will be supported by Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe on the left and Alexandre Lacazette is expected to return to centre forward ahead of club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who struggled to broken the deadlock against the Portuguese giants in first-leg.

Full Arsenal squad available to face Benfica:

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Mat Ryan & Karl Hein.

Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers & Kieran Tierney.

Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Mohamed Elneny, Martin Odegaard & Emile Smith Rowe.

Strikers: Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah.

Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Aubameyang

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