ARSENAL continue their Europa League campaign tonight, welcoming Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt to north London.
Mikel Arteta’s men have not played in Europe since beating FC Zürich 2-1 on Matchday 1 after their clash with PSV was postponed last time out.
With October games coming strong and fast, Arteta will shuffle his side to keep everyone fresh.
Ahead of the game, the Spaniard admitted rotation will be important, saying: “We have to try that.
“The best way to do that is how we prepare each day, stay focused on the task and whatever we’re doing well, and stay humble.
“There are many things that we still need to improve and to keep that willingness every time to get better every day and increase the competition between the members of the squad because now everyone wants to play tomorrow.”
Aaron Ramsdale is expected to be rested and American runner-up Matt Turner is set to make his home game debut.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is likely to return at right-back after being ousted by Ben White in league games – while Cedric Soares has suffered a knock.
Rob Holding could step in for a rare start at centre-back with William Saliba given the night off – and he could be joined by either Gabriel or White as a partner.
Kieran Tierney is lucky to have left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko and will play with a point to prove.
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Albert Sambi Lokonga could start for Thomas Partey, the Ghanaian only returned on Saturday against Tottenham due to injury.
With Mohamed Elneny out with a hamstring injury, Sambi could be joined by regular Granit Xhaka – with the Swiss likely to take the captain’s armband.
Regular skipper Martin Odegaard will know all about Bodo/Glimt as a Norwegian but could get the night off as Fabio Vieira gets a chance to shine in attacking midfield.
The addition of Marquinhos on the right wing would give Bukayo Saka a rare respite, while the forgotten man Reiss Nelson could seize a chance in place of Gabriel Martinelli on the left.
Speaking of the homegrown winger, Arteta said: “After the time he was on loan last year we wanted him to come back to see if there are changes and there is a prospect that we can really go to the next level.
“We think the potential is there and we think we saw something special in Reiss.
“He was a part of our academy system and now he will be given a chance.
“He was out for almost three months through injury, now he’s back, he’s fully fit and ready to play. He just needs minutes now.”
Eddie Nketiah is likely to step up in place of the in-form Gabriel Jesus – although Emile Smith Rowe is a long absentee.
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