By Bulldog Drummond
Of course we don’t know every club that will go through after tonight, but we’ve got an idea of some of the teams that will be appearing in the knock out stages of the Europa next year, alongside Arsenal
In terms of the seeded teams, Arsenal are of course one of them, the others being Red Bull Salzburg, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Dinamo Zagreg, Chelsea, Dynamo Kyiv and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Runners up already decided at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, and Lazio.
Others going through already known are Bayer Leverkusen, Zurich, Real Betis, plus a group of teams from the Champions League. These include Napoli, Inter, Club Brugge, Valencia, Galatasaray, Benfica.
As a seeded team, Arsenal will not only get a favourable draw in the first knockout round, but also will play the second leg at home – always a slight advantage. The first match in the next round will be played on February 14 and 21, and the second leg on March 7 and 14.
As the tournament goes on the chances of the youngsters getting picked gets reduced, but there is no doubt that with this competition as with the League Cup some have taken their chances to show just what they can do.
The latest news doing the rounds is the Emile Smith Rowe has been injured in training and won’t play. And we now have the confirmed list of younger players who trained ahead of this game with the first team…
The list is pretty much as expected including Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Zech Medley, Charlie Gilmour, Tyreece John-Jules, Bukayo Saka and Dominic Thompson.
The Mirror has come up with a line up which leaves Ozil on the bench.
Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Medley, Maitland-Niles,
Willock, Ramsey, Saka,
I doubt that Leno will play. Mind you the Daily Mirror is also running a piece with a blistering headline about revealing all of Arsenal’s transfer plans for the January window, which appear to be based exclusively on this from the manager:
“I think if we can take one player to help us at centre-back, I think it’s a good option.”
Red London is one of a number of sites saying that Ramsey is indeed fit and ready to play which if so probably means he will miss the Southampton game but then play against Tottenham in the league cup.
And just to round it all off, here is the Express’ version of the line up tonight…
Lichsteiner Sokratis Koscielny Maitland-Niles
Mkhitaryan Ozil Willock
And don’t forget the Predictions site which is looking forward to next weekend’s games.
Here are the earlier articles on tonight’s game…
- Arsenal’s team tonight, Tony Adams new job, a misleading newspaper…
- Arsenal v the Qs. Early thoughts on who’s in the team, and some of the records
- Arsenal v Qarbag: we’re lucky we only play them twice
- Why is it becoming so difficult to find a sponsor for new football stadium?
- Corruption flares up again in Italy, as Premier League figures don’t look too clever
- How much does a club have to spend on transfers to get a trophy?
- Does the team that is top after 14 games usually go on to win the league?
- How the Taliban infiltrated the World Cup and used it to maintain its war on women