Predicted Arsenal lineup vs FC Porto: Unlikely to change

  • Arsenal have won their last five games
  • Mikel Arteta could welcome back several injured stars on Wednesday night
  • Should the boss make any changes?

Mikel Arteta takes charge of his first Champions League knockout stage fixture on Wednesday night
Mikel Arteta takes charge of his first Champions League knockout stage fixture on Wednesday night / Harriet Lander/Copa/GettyImages
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An impressive group stage performance means Arsenal will take part in their first Champions League knockout stage fixture in seven years on Wednesday.

There's no behemoth awaiting the Gunners on this occasion, although FC Porto represent plucky continental opposition. Sergio Conceicao's side are enduring a pretty underwhelming campaign, but they certainly have the capacity to down an inexperienced confident Arsenal side.

Mikel Arteta's men head into Wednesday's round of 16 first leg having won their previous five Premier League encounters by an aggregate score of 21-2. Their string of victories consists of two 5-0s and a 6-0.

Given their majestic form, it'd be a surprise to see the boss make too many changes to his starting XI, even if he has several injured stars returning to the fold.


Predicted Arsenal lineup vs FC Porto

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Here's how Arsenal could line up in Porto


Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - The Spaniard has barely had a kick in recent outings, such has been Arsenal's dominance. Nevertheless, Raya continues to rack up clean sheets and has doubtlessly settled in north London.

Ben White (RB) - The Englishman's role has undergone subtle transformation as of late with Arteta's Arsenal continuing to evolve.

William Saliba (CB) - Saliba starred during the group stage and will be aiming to dominate away from home on Wednesday night.

Gabriel (CB) - Big Gab has been excellent this season and will continue alongside his confidant at centre-back in midweek.

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - The former Spezia defender's steady run of form should see him retain his place despite the potential returns of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Midfielders

Declan Rice (DM) - Rice was signed to perform on occasions like this. Big European night overseas, it's Rice's time to dominate.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - The skipper's maturing by the game and has arguably been the Premier League's standout performer over the past month.

Kai Havertz (CM) - The German is starting to thrive in north London after a difficult start. Havertz will resume his fluid role in Arteta's set-up.


Forwards

Bukayo Saka (RW) - Another brace for Saka on Saturday. The winger's numbers are immense this term, and he's found his best form as of late.

Leandro Trossard (ST) - Trossard will keep Gabriel Jesus out of the team if the Brazilian is back in action on Wednesday.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) - Martinelli has been an outsider amid the recent mayhem, although that's not to say he hasn't contributed. Some of the winger's best performance this season arrived in the Champions League.


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