UNAI EMERY has named a much-changed Arsenal team for their London derby at Fulham in the Premier League in Sunday’s lunch-time kick-off.
Mesut Ozil is absent with a reported back injury, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has surprisingly been left on the bench.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has struggled for starts of late but he is in attack along with in-form duo Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck.
Aaron Ramsey, amid his disappointing displays and contract saga, has also been left out the first XI.
Petr Cech remains sidelined with a thigh injury, meaning Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno gets more game time.
FULHAM VS ARSENAL LINE UPS
Fulham XI: Bettinelli, Christie, Odoi, Ream, Le Marchand, Seri, Anguissa, Vietto, Schurrle, Sessegnon, Mitrovic
Subs: Rico, Mawson, S.Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Kamara, Ayite
Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Montreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Welbeck, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Lacazette
Subs: Martinez, Sokratis, Lichsteiner, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang
The Gunners beat Qarabag 3-0 in Azerbeijian in the Europa League on Thursday night.
And they arrived back in London early on Friday morning, with Emery then deciding to give his players the day off.
He has still left out some key players today against struggling Fulham, though, with Arsenal looking for their ninth successive win in all competitions.
There are six changes from the side that beat Qarabag, with only Leno, Rob Holding, Naco Monreal, Welbeck and Iwobi starting again.