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Mikel Arteta finds solution to injury woes with new defensive pairing vs Dundalk

Mikel Arteta is set to name a new-look defence on Thursday evening as Arsenal take on Dundalk.

The Spaniard is without Europa League options David Luiz, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers for the Emirates encounter, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and William Saliba missing out on the squad.

That leaves Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes as the only first-team options at the back, with the Gunners looking much strong going forward with Willian and Bukayo Saka in contention.

Arsenal will be looking to build on their 2-1 win over Rapid Vienna in the opening fixture last week having lost each of their last two outings in the Premier League to Manchester City and Leicester.

Mikel Arteta is aiming for Europa League glory with Arsenal this season
Mikel Arteta is aiming for Europa League glory with Arsenal this season
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Alex Runarsson is set to make his debut with Mustafi and Gabriel joined by Sead Kolasinac and Cedric.

A midfield of Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos could pave the way for an exciting attacking combination of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Nicolas Pepe and finally Eddie Nketiah.

Ahead of the clash, Arteta has said: “We’ve got some Irish staff here.

Alex Runarsson is the back up to Bernd Leno at Arsenal
Alex Runarsson is the back up to Bernd Leno at Arsenal
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“I’ve heard some really positive things about Dundalk. What I’ve seen is a really determined coach, how united they are, they are really well organised and they fight really hard.

“They will come here with an incredible passion. They are the underdogs. That will give them a lot of energy and I expect them at full gas trying to beat us here.

“This is football. I have seen a lot of things in this game and I never take anything for granted. I always expect the opponent to be at their best. We’ll see what happens.”

Gabriel Magalhaes has impressed Mikel Arteta since joining Arsenal
Gabriel Magalhaes has impressed Mikel Arteta since joining Arsenal
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Before adding of his injury worries: “There is no chance [David Luiz will play].

”He’s a big doubt for the weekend too. Willian is back in training, he might be involved at some stage. Bukayo Saka is fine, it was a knock, but he’s fine.”

Arsenal predicted line up

Expected Arsenal XI vs Dundalk as Mikel Arteta finds defensive solution
Expected Arsenal XI vs Dundalk as Mikel Arteta finds defensive solution
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Runarsson; Soares, Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Elneny, Ceballos; Nelson, Willock, Pepe, Nketiah.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-team-news-dundalk-arteta-22925208

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