Arsenal are involved in Europa League action for the first time this season on Thursday as they travel to Austria to face Rapid Vienna.
There will be plenty of intrigue surrounding Mikel Arteta’s team selection ahead of the tie. The competition offers the Gunners a good opportunity to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
But Arteta will also be wary of stretching his squad as they gear up for a run of six games in just over two weeks.
The likes of Mesut Ozil and William Saliba will not be involved after being left out of Arsenal’s squad lists for the competition.
Saliba may have to wait a little longer for his debut. But perhaps, there could be two teammates who make their full bows for the Gunners this week.
Runar Alex Runarsson could replace Bernd Leno in goal. The German has started both of their Carabao Cup ties so far, so Thursday’s game could offer the 25-year-old a golden opportunity.
Meanwhile, Thomas Partey may be in contention to also start. The £45 million signing (via Sky Sports) came on against Manchester City at the weekend. So a start in Europe may represent the next step as he continues to adapt to his new surroundings.
Gabriel, David Luiz and Nicolas Pepe may keep their places from the Etihad Stadium. And it may be the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Cedric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Reiss Nelson, and Alexandre Lacazette who make up the full lineup.
Partey to make full debut?
Of course, Arteta may choose to go for an even stronger side. Or he could rotate further to hold the likes of Pepe, Partey and Gabriel back for the weekend.
With that in mind, here is what Arsenal may look like in Austria…