Koscielny, Ozil and Lacazette start: Arsenal v Qarabag team news

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal face Qarabag in the Europa League this evening with the group already won, but it’s a chance for some youngsters and a return for Laurent Koscielny after 6 months out.

Here are tonight’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Martinez, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Ozil, Nketiah, Saka, Lacazette

Subs: Iliev, Mkhitaryan, Monreal, Medley, Guendouzi, Gilmour, John-Jules

Qarabag: Vagner, Garayev, Medvedev, Slavchev, Michel, Madatov, Sodygov, Zoubir, Rzezniczak, Huseynov, Guerrier

Subs: Magomedaliyev, Mammadov, Abullayev, Quintana, Ozobic, Agolli, Diniyev

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Giovani
Giovani

Strong team
that should be an easy 5 – 0

Akkimaniac

Well, one can dream

Akkimaniac

Where’s Cech?

Frank from Vienna
Frank from Vienna

And Smith Rowe?

Vonnie
Vonnie

Injured, unfortunately.

PFo
PFo

Speculation that Smith Rowe has some kind of lingering injury.

Frank from Vienna
Frank from Vienna

Thanx, i missed that somehow….

New York gunner
New York gunner

Injured

Pedant
Pedant

Keep that not-losing run going. And don’t get injuries, especially Kos. COYR.

thw14
thw14

Lacazette? Hmm.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Seems a little risky/unnecessary doesn’t it. I guess he only did 45 at the weekend, but I figured that was due to injury/caution, not because he was being saved for tonight…

David C
David C

maybe to get his groove back, can’t imagine he’s playing the whole game…

No Cech is a bit surprising

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Yeah, strange line up indeed. I would never have guessed he would start Ozil tonight. Shame about ESR, he was owning this competition.
I was also wondering if Ramsey’s exclusion means he stock has risen in the eyes of Emery and he’s being saved to start at the weekend?

Mpls
Mpls

Ramsey might still recovering from the ankle knock he picked up. But keeping him fresh for that match considering the question marks on Ozil isn’t a bad idea either. Having neither of them in the lineup lacks creativity and thrust.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Very excited to see Saka!

Chidi
Chidi

Buzzing to see the youngsters have a go!

Hantal
Hantal

Lacazette the only real surprise here

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

No sure why we are risking Lava. With Welbeck hone and our luck with injuries we have to keep our fingers crossed. Go to see Ozil and Kos back too.

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

Dam auto correct!!

Rochester
Rochester

Next time uncross your fingers for just a minute while you type 🙂

Hantal
Hantal

It does seem odd, maybe it’s a way of helping Ozil put in a decent performance,

Three Steps Sideways
Three Steps Sideways

Autocorrect or not, I completely concur. There is no need to risk lava, plain silly.

Mpls
Mpls

Seriously. Recipe for getting burned.

SB Still
SB Still

I like the Europa League for this, some promising youngsters get a chance to make an impression.

It’s unfortunate ESR missed out due to injury.

AMN again is having to fill in at LB. Hopefully he’ll get some minutes in CM when Monreal gets on later.

It’s a great opportunity for Nketiah to grab the backup striker role.

steve
steve

I’m really hoping that move into midfield for AMN comes true later in the game, i’ve been waiting to see him in his natural position for ages.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

4-2-3-1?

Fuhgedaboudit
Fuhgedaboudit

What happened to Smith-Rowe?