ARSENAL go into Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City knowing they must win to keep their European dream alive.
The Gunners’ best bet of qualifying for the Europa League next season looks to be by winning the domestic trophy as they currently languish in ninth spot in the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta’s side have already faced the Citizens since the restart of football, where they were outclassed at the Etihad as City eased to a 3-0 victory.
But Arsenal’s 2-1 victory against the odds vs Liverpool on Wednesday leaves them going into Wembley full of confidence.
And they could welcome Mesut Ozil back to the matchday squad with the German playmaker missing the last five games due to a back injury.
However even if he is declared fit to play, it is unlikely he will start in such an important game given the fact he hasn’t featured since the 1-0 win against West Ham on March 7.
Emiliano Martinez will keep his place between the sticks as he looks to carry on impressing in the absence of No1 choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
A back three could consist of David Luiz and Rob Holding, with Shkodran Mustafi coming into the starting XI after being rested against the Reds.
At right full-back could be Hector Bellerin after he too watched on from the bench against Liverpool, while the club’s June Player of the Month Kieran Tierney will surely keep his spot as the left full-back.
The two central midfielders are likely to be Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka, with the duo forming a strong partnership since the restart.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely be recalled to the line-up after he started from the bench at the Emirates earlier in the week.
He is likely to be deployed on the left wing, with Bukayo Saka starting on the opposite flank, while Alexandre Lacazette could be trusted once again to lead the line.
The French international is enjoying a rich vein of form at the moment having scored three goals in his last four outings.