Nicolas Pepe (RW) – Like the baying crowd at a Gladiator Colosseum, us fans want more. More energy, more aggression, more successful take-ons and more goals. Pepe has to show consistency beyond one 90 minute stretch (which was the first hurdle), with another starring performance against the Austrian side.
Eddie Nketiah (ST) – Tough to call who leads the line, if Alexandre Lacazette plays he’ll drop into the No. 10 role, but will take up the slot that Smith Rowe needs to assume. Ideally, Lacazette isn’t around and Nketiah can lead the line with his academy pal behind him. Needs a goal after some poor misses against Molde.
Reiss Nelson (LW) – Arsenal need someone of Reiss Nelson‘s ilk if they’re to stand any chance on Sunday. He had his best game of the season against Molde but came on against Wolves and whipped in some horrendous crosses. That’s not his forte though, and the ploy reeked of desperation rather than well-drilled attacking phases.
Nelson is a fine player if used properly and 60 or so minutes on Thursday indicate he’ll start on the weekend.