UNAI EMERY has vowed to rotate his Arsenal squad for tonight’s showdown with Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Spanish boss knows it is a must-win match if his side want to push for the top four, but he needs his strongest squad available for Thursday’s clash against Napoli.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey all started in Thursday’s Europa League win.
And Emery will need all of his biggest names fit for the second leg after shocking statistics revealed Arsenal’s poor form away from home.
The Gunners boss will have to decide who to risk against Watford just 72 hours before kick-off in Naples.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos will miss the match through suspension after he picked up his tenth red card of the season.
Out-of-favour Shkodran Mustafi is now expected to return to the starting XI alongside Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal.
Arsenal look set to go for three at the back, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac playing out wide.
GUNNER CHANGE IT?
Granit Xhaka is a huge doubt for the clash after he picked up a groin injury while on international duty.
The club confirmed he will undergo an assessment before the game, but Emery is not short of midfield options.
Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Denis Suarez and Ramsey are available to start the match in the middle.
Lacazette and Aubameyang have scored a combined total of 30 goals in the league for Arsenal this season.
But Emery has been reluctant to play them together despite it proving to be a success on more than one occasion.
He could opt for a lone striker, or another option would be for Alex Iwobi to lead the line alongside one of the strikers.
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Bernd Leno is set to start between the sticks after Petr Cech maintained his No1 spot in the Europa League.
After the win over Napoli, the Gunners boss said: “On Monday, I am sure we are going to play different players but [try] to find the same performance.
“Some players after playing with this demanding performance physically, maybe we need something different. Next week it will be the same in Naples.”