One point will do the job for Arsenal as they travel to face PSV Eindhoven on Thursday looking to cement their spot as group winners.

With a five-point lead over their opponents, Arsenal are obvious favourites to get top spot but proved at the weekend that they are not infallible as they fell to a 1-1 draw with Southampton, so they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas here.

With that in mind, here’s how Mikel Arteta could set up.

Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah is the Europa League starter / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

GK: Matt Turner – Turner is the Europa League goalkeeper and will likely reclaim his spot here.

RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – The Japan international’s versatility has seen him become a key part of both the starters and the reserve unit.

CB: Rob Holding – Holding should come into the starting lineup here to give a rest to William Saliba.

CB: Gabriel – Limited options have forced Arteta to use Gabriel across all competitions even though he could probably do with a rest.

LB: Kieran Tierney – The Scot appears to have fallen into the second string and may be in even more trouble once Oleksandr Zinchenko returns from injury.

DM: Granit Xhaka – Xhaka is one yellow card away from a suspension. Wouldn’t it be handy if he got that here?

DM: Albert Sambi Lokonga – Lokonga has seen his name linked with a move away from Arsenal in recent weeks and has previously admitted he has concerns over his long-term role in the team.

RM: Bukayo Saka – Arteta has challenged Saka to be able to play twice a week and that challenge will likely be laid down here.

AM: Fabio Vieira – Vieira has looked good in this competition and needs to keep doing so if he wants to take Martin Odegaard’s spot.

LM: Gabriel Martinelli – Reiss Nelson has been in the Europa League setup recently but this game feels a little too important for Arteta to give the Englishman another shot.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – Nketiah started this competition hot with two goals in as many games, but he has drawn blanks over the past two outings.


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