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Arsenal vs Brentford – Unai Emery’s probable starting XI




Unai Emery will welcome Brentford to the Emirates stadium later today as he hopes to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup competition.

On paper, Brentford shouldn’t be a problem for Unai Emery’s men considering their recent form but United’s shock defeat against Derby County, at Old Trafford last night, should be an eye-opener to the North London club ahead of the encounter.

Having said that, it is important Emery rest some key members of the team, while he gives some fringe players the chance to feature from the start of the encounter.

Academy products should also get some game-time so as to prove their worth to the former Sevilla manager.

Here is our predicted Arsenal’s starting lineup against the championship side later tonight.


Bernd Leno comes in to replace Petr Cech as the Czech international needs to rest after facing much pressure in their 2-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.


Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac.

Mustafi and Kolasinac are back from their respective injuries and both players could be given the nod to start.

Experienced Stephan Lichtsteiner and young defender Rob Holding will complete the Gunners defense setup.


Guendouzi, Elneny, Smith-Rowe.

Guendouzi return to the starting lineup after sitting out the clash with the Toffees last weekend.

Elneny and academy product Smith-Rowe complete the three-man midfield setup.

This means Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey all have a place in the substitute bench.


Welbeck, Iwobi, Nketiah.

Danny Welbeck would start at the right flank due to Mkhitaryan’s injury.

Alex Iwobi will return to the left wing of attack while youngster Eddie Nketiah replaced Alexandre Lacazette at the centre-forward position.

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