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Before the international break, Arsenal drew 2-2 with Tottenham in the north London derby, but have what looks like a good run of fixtures to come – which started with a trip to Watford on Sunday.
The Hornets were on a poor run of form and sacked Javi Gracia before reappointing Quique Sanchez Flores, but the Gunners could not take advantage of any uncertainty.
Despite going two goals up via a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double, Unai Emery’s side were pegged back to 2-2, and could easily have lost against a spirited Watford side.
Elsewhere, Arsenal know their Europa League group, after being drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt, Vitoria and Standard Liege.
Eintracht Frankfurt were beaten by Chelsea in the semi-finals of last year’s competition and although they have undergone several changes since then – losing their dangerous front three of Ante Rebic, Luka Jovic and Sebastian Haller – the visit to the Commerzbank-Arena will likely be the toughest test Arsenal face in Group F.
As such Emery is likely to supplement what promises to be a youthful team with several experienced players to ensure that the Gunners get their Europa League campaign off to a solid start. With Alexandre Lacazette sidelined it seems likely that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line against a side he scored eight goals past in 11 appearances for Borussia Dortmund.
Emery also has Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi available to him and might choose to use the latter at right-back, allowing Maitland-Niles his first rest of the season.
Emiliano Martinez is expected to start in goal having been offered guarantees over his status as cup goalkeeper.
Predicted Arsenal XI: Martinez; Mustafi, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Torreira, Willock; Pepe, Aubameyang, Nelson