Arsenal predicted lineup against Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal host Sporting Lisbon in the Emirates on Thursday in a battle to decide which team advances to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

A 2-2 draw from the first leg means it’s worth playing here and Mikel Arteta will be determined not to slip away and miss out on adding more silverware to Arsenal’s locker.

Here’s how to set up the manager.

GK: Matt Turner – It is Turner who gets the minutes in the Europa League and the American is hoping for a more convincing display this time around.

Right back: Takehiro Tomiyasu – Tomiyasu has had to be incredibly patient in his search for minutes this year, so he’ll be desperate to keep this European excursion alive.

Central defender: William Saliba – Saliba was returned to the European squad for the first leg, and he justified that decision with a goal.

Center back: Gabriel – Portugal’s Jacob Quewer, who joined in January, has the approval but with the stakes high it would be wise to reinstate Gabriel.

Left-back: Oleksandr Zinchenko – Zinchenko brings a lot to Arsenal on both ends of the field. They will need it if they are to be the best they can be.

DM: Jorginho – The Italian has been dropped to the bench in recent weeks, but he will enjoy the chance to prove himself here.

Name: Thomas Partey – It’s Partey’s return to the squad that has seen Jorginho withdraw, but midfielder partner Granit Xhaka may be the one to get some rest.

Name: Fabio Vieira – Arteta repeatedly praised Vieira, who excelled at his head in the first leg. It’s totally worth playing.

Right wing: Bukayo Saka – You should see the importance of the game that Saka starts here. Arsenal have a struggling Crystal Palace side on the weekend’s agenda, so Arteta can take risks like these.

ST: Leandro Trossard – A hat-trick of assists for Trossard last time out against Fulham should earn him another start, with Gabriel Jesus likely to remain on the bench.

LW: Emile Smith Rowe – Smith Rowe is building his return to competitive action and an hour or so here is going to go downhill.

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