It’s the night we’ve all been waiting for.
The last time Gooners enjoyed that sweet melodic anthem at the Emirates, Arturo Vidal and company were dinking us back to Woolwich. It’s been six long years since Arsenal competed in the Champions League, but WE ARE BACK, BABY!
Every squad member will be desperate for European minutes this term, with Arteta unlikely to rotate too much from Sunday’s XI that beat Everton despite the looming North London Derby.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs PSV
Here’s the starting lineup Arteta could pick for PSV’s visit on Matchday 1 of the 2023/24 Champions League group stages.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – Drama at the goalkeeper position! Err, not really, just a bit of rotation fellas. Ramsdale should come back in for Arsenal’s big European night.
Ben White (RB) – White’s been pretty consistent so far this season, and while Takehiro Tomiyasu could make his second start of the campaign on Wednesday, I think the boss will stick with the Englishman.
William Saliba (CB) – Saliba under the bright Emirates lights. Yes, please.
Gabriel (CB) – The Brazilian’s in for a battle against Luuk de Jong, who’s enjoyed an excellent start to 2023/24.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – The Ukrainian was crucial to Arsenal’s improvement in the second half at Goodison Park, and will surely retain his place against a PSV side that’ll seek to win back possession high up the pitch.
Declan Rice (DM) – Rice was signed for nights like these. The midfielder’s been brilliant at the start of his Arsenal career.
Fabio Vieira (CM) – The little playmaker is growing more and more comfortable in north London and is stringing together some impressive performances. Vieira’s bound to thrive on nights like these.
Martin Odegaard (CM) – Of course, the skipper’s in! Odegaard will lead the Gunners out to that majestic theme on Wednesday night.
Bukayo Saka (RW) – It’s been a quiet few outings for Saka, but I have no doubt he’s saving his best work for the upcoming week.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – It’s time to unleash Jesus, Mikel.
Leandro Trossard (LW) – Arteta confirmed that Gabriel Martinelli will miss Wednesday’s game, which should mean Trossard comes into the Spaniard’s front three after he bagged the winner at Goodison.