Willian (RW) – Again, it will depend on fitness. However, Arteta loves what Willian brings to the team (please elaborate, Mikel) from this position, somewhere he longer has the capabilities to perform. If he’s fit he’ll play, and the feeling is that he will be ready for Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – Back where he belongs, as they say. At Leeds there was a dearth of striking instinct from Aubameyang, who came short too often as a result of no service from central areas. Even in wide areas he was starved of the ball. Arsenal need someone with a predatory instinct in the box and who can play on the shoulder in turnovers against a structured side. For that reason, I can see Arteta sticking with him in the middle.
Reiss Nelson (LW) – Given he’s someone who hasn’t played that many minutes this season, it’s understandable he saw out the game on Thursday, albeit not ideal. What Arteta was hopefully doing was getting him as match ready as possible for what is set to be a first Premier League start of the season. Coming in off that left hand side he’s a real danger, a natural talent. Arteta has surely seen this by now.