Arsenal vs Ostersund: Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to lead Gunners today

The German could even captain the Gunners

Arsenal vs Ostersund: Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to lead Gunners today

The German could even captain the Gunners

15 February 2018 Thursday 12:55
Arsenal vs Ostersund: Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to lead Gunners today

Jack Wilshere will not feature for Arsenal on Thursday night in Ostersund after being left at home by Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners midfielder, along with Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny, will watch the Europa League tie in Sweden from home, along with the injured Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has also remained in England as he is ineligible to play during the knockout stages as former club Borussia Dortmund are also in the competition.

Other than those five players, however, Arsene Wenger has taken a strong squad with him to take on Ostersund in the freezing conditions in northern Sweden.

Mesut Ozil will feature in the Europa League for the first time this season, a clear indication of how seriously Wenger is now taking the competition.

The German could even captain the Gunners, with Koscielny, Cech, and Wilshere all still in England, although Nacho Monreal is the more likely candidate.

Ozil is likely to play in the No.10 role behind a front three made up of Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Danny Welbeck, who looks set to lead the line in the absence of Lacazette and Aubameyang.

With Wilshere left at home, the midfield pairing charged with offering the back four some protection will be Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny.

Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers look set to line up in the heart of the defense, with Monreal and Hector Bellerin on either side and David Ospina in goal.

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There will be some young players on the bench, with Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock having all traveled with the squad, as well as goalkeeper Matt Macey.

Possible Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck.

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