Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Porto: Pivotal second leg

  • Arsenal must overturn 1-0 deficit in Tuesday's second leg vs Porto
  • Gunners will be without Gabriel Martinelli due to foot injury
  • Gabriel Jesus to replace his compatriot?

Arsenal have work to do on Tuesday night
Arsenal have work to do on Tuesday night / Andrew Redington/GettyImages
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The Premier League leaders have work to do on Tuesday night as they welcome FC Porto to the Emirates.

Arsenal were far too cautious in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, eventually losing 1-0 thanks to a stunning Galeno winner at the death.

Thus, there's a deficit for the hosts to make up in midweek as they aim to progress into the quarter-finals of this competition for the first time since 2010.

Mikel Arteta's side have won eight-straight in the Premier League, and a releasing of the shackles, which were locked tight three weeks ago, should stand Arsenal in good stead against a Porto side that'll once again seek to frustrate and wind up.


Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Porto - Champions League

Jurrien Timber, Gabriel Jesus, Cedric Soares, Bukayo Saka, Fabio Vieira
Arsenal train ahead of Tuesday's second leg / Andrew Redington/GettyImages

Here's how the Gunners could line up at the Emirates on Tuesday night.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Raya was ineligible at the weekend and is a sure bet to return to the lineup having bypassed Aaron Ramsdale in the depth chart.

Ben White (RB) - White was one of the heroes at the weekend, notching two assists in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Brentford.

William Saliba (CB) - Having struggled in the first leg, Saliba will be looking to produce a more characteristic display in midweek.

Gabriel (CB) - Saliba's partner has been superb this season, and his aggression will set the tone for what's poised to be a physical encounter.

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - Arteta can once again call upon Oleksandr Zinchenko, but Kiwior doesn't deserve to relinquish his place.


Midfielders

Jorginho (CM) - Arteta's stabiliser has strung together sound performance after sound performance and the boss values him on the big occasion.

Declan Rice (CM) - A Rice monsterclass beckons. The midfielder has evolved considerably in year one at Arsenal and is set to play a pivotal role during the run-in.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - The Gunners' dazzling playmaker will undoubtedly see plenty of the ball, although Porto will make a concerted effort to tame him in the final third.


Forwards

Bukayo Saka (RW) - After finally failing to register a goal contribution on Saturday, ending his impressive run, Saka will be keen to be on the scoresheet in midweek given the occasion.

Kai Havertz (ST) - £60m down the drain, eh? Havertz has scored in four successive games heading into this one. The German should see of wily veteran Pepe on Tuesday night.

Gabriel Jesus (LW) - Gabriel Martinelli misses out as a result of the foot injury he picked up at Sheffield United. In his place, Arteta opts for Jesus to combine with Havertz over Leandro Trossard, who was poor at the weekend.


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