๐Ÿ”ฎ Arsenal vs Benfica: Predicted XIs

๐Ÿ”ฎ Arsenal vs Benfica: Predicted XIs

It's all to play for as Arsenal and Benfica meet in the second leg of this season's Europa League round of 32.

Arsenal will hope that they don't rue a series of missed chances that have left the tie delicately poised at 1-1. 

Here's the latest team news from both camps:

🔴 Arsenal

Mikel Arteta is likely to bring David Luiz and Gabriel into the centre of defence for the injured Rob Holding and Spaniard Pablo Marí. Dani Ceballos and Emile Smith Rowe are both pushing for recalls after missing out from the start against Man City. Both started the first-leg.

Thomas Partey is back in full training but it remains to be seen whether the Ghanaian midfielder will be risked from the start.

🧮 Likely XI (4-2-3-1): 

Leno; Bellerín, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos; Pépé, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

🦅 Benfica

Benfica has to score to have any hope of advancing, so coach Jorge Jesus is likely to abandon the 3-5-2 system that he employed in the first-leg. Darwin Núñez and Luca Waldschmidt should lead the line in a more familiar-looking 442. Skipper Jardel and utility fullback André Almeida remain sidelined.

Julian Weigl was suspended for the draw with Farense at the weekend but returns, while top-scorer Pizzi will almost certainly return to the first XI too. 

🧮 Likely XI (4-4-2):

Leite; Gilberto, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Grimaldo; Silva, Weigl, Pizzi, Everton; Núñez, Waldschmidt

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