Arsenal expected 3-4-3 v Red Star: Wenger to make 10 changes, 17-year-old starts
By George Brooks
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to make ten changes to his starting XI for tonight’s Europa League clash with Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger has rotated his squad for Arsenal’s first three games in the competition and will do so again tonight.
Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez should all be rested for Sunday’s huge showdown with Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud are all expected to come into the side, along with youngsters Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock.
Giroud scored a spectacular 85th-minute overhead kick to beat Red Star in the reverse fixture in Belgrade.
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Petr Cech is expected to keep his place in goal and will likely captain the side, with David Ospina out with a groin problem.
Sead Kolasinac, who scored the equaliser and assisted the winning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, is out with a hip problem.
Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Santi Cazorla (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (groin) remain long-term absentees.
Arsenal sit top of Group H after winning their first three matches, a victory will guarantee their place in the last 32 of the competition.
The Gunners could still qualify for the knockout phase with a draw, if Bate Borisov fail to beat Cologne.