Going two zero up against Watford over the weekend in the English Premier league, many thought that the Gunners were on course to win the game, but the Arsenal defense went on to throw away a two goal lead to draw against the Hornets.
Today in their Europa League encounter against Eintracht Frankfurt, the Gunners welcome back Rob Holding who has been out injured for close to one year now.
The English man has had two games in the under 23 group as well and the club hope that pairing him up with David Luiz while Sokratis is being rested will help the manager to identify what the issues are.
In defense Arsenal have been very shaky and the return to full training by both Hector Bellerin and Kierran Tierney couldn’t have come at a better time but the duo won’t be making any appearance in today’s game.
Ozil who had a chance to play over the weekend in a 2-2 all draw against Watford in the EPL for about 70mins did not travel with the team to Germany because Unai wanted to rest the playmaker.
This should give the younger players like Willock, Reis Nelson and Smith Rowe an opportunity to have a run of the game and also Brazilian Martinelli who have not had a chance to play yet.
For Arsenal who finished runners up in the Europa after a disaster class against London rivals Chelsea, anything short of European glory is something that they will be looking to avoid.
For the fans, the biggest issue has always been that Unai Emery is either selecting a poor team to play against the opponents or he is making the wrong substitutions because in the game against Watford, Ozil and Ceballos were still able to impact on the game and the moment they were substituted, the team lost cohesion and Watford found penetration through the midfield.
The hosts lost forward Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic this summer, but remain a dangerous side, with AC Milan loanee Andre Silva sure to be looking to exploit Arsenal’s defensive vulnerability.
Standard Liege and Vitoria are the other teams in an intriguing Group F, and both sides will be looking to start on the right foot as they look to reproduce the success of last season.
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