Slaven Bilic’s decision to prioritise the trip to Arsenal over the Europe League is under the spotlight today.
At the very least the fans will be expecting a promising, attacking performance. Anything less and Bilic will have a lot of explaining to do – why sacrifice Europa League football for a game we rarely ever win?
That said, Bilic is expected to field the strongest XI available to him today. Carl Jenkinson is ineligible to play against his parent club, while Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll are both injured.
Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna are expected to make their Premier League debuts, while young Reece Oxford could also be in line for his top flight debut – at just 16-years-old.
So here’s how both teams line up at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon…
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