It is going to be very intriguing to see how strong a lineup Mikel Arteta picks for Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Dundalk on Thursday.
The Gunners go into the clash having lost two of their last three games. He could certainly do with a win and an impressive performance. But he would also be forgiven for keeping one eye on Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
On paper, the home game with Dundalk should be Arsenal’s easiest in the group-stages. So there may be a few key players rested.
But perhaps it should be no surprise if Arteta still picks a strong side.
One problem the Arsenal boss does need to contend with is the number of injuries they have in defence right now. David Luiz became the latest to sustain a problem at the weekend.
It may therefore, be a smart move to rest Gabriel Magalhaes on Thursday. And it remains to be seen if Calum Chambers is ready to be involved.
If he is not quite ready, perhaps there is a chance that Arsenal may lineup with a back three of Cedric Soares, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac. It is a backline that may not instil too much confidence in the supporters right now.
But it should be good enough to provide potential debutant Runar Alex Runarsson – signed for £1.8 million (via Guardian) – with plenty of cover.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka could potentially feature in the wing-back roles.
In the middle, Thomas Partey may receive a rest ahead of the weekend. That could mean that Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny start.
Key men rested
And Thursday could provide Eddie Nketiah with an opportunity to prove a point with Alexandre Lacazette goalless in his last four appearances.
Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Pepe could start either side of the England under-21 international.
That would allow the likes of Bernd Leno, Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to also enjoy a rest.
With that in mind, here is an attempt at predicting how Arsenal may lineup on Thursday…