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Arsenal’s predicted XI against Vitoria de Guimaraes

Arsenal face Vitoria de Guimaraes in the Europa League on Wednesday, as they look to maintain their perfect record in the competition.

With the Gunners topping the table, having beaten the Portuguese opposition in their last encounter, coming from behind to win 3-2, there could be 10 changes made to the team that drew with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Here, we try to to predict Unai Emery’s starting XI for the game:

Emiliano Martinez has started all five of Arsenal’s cup games so far this season, so it seems natural that he will stay between the sticks for this game.

Sead Kolasinac has been replaced in the team by Kieran Tierney in the last two league games, so he could come in to play in the Europa League for the first time since facing Eintracht Frankfurt in the opener, while Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding can expect to keep their place from the last European tie.

Hector Bellerin is still working his way into the Arsenal team, having played both of the most recent Europa League games, but is still yet to feature in the league, so a start against Vitoria would be useful for that progression.

Lucas Torreira is the only player who started against Wolves to feature in this lineup, with the Uruguayan having started all three Europa League games so far this campaign.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock have also had regular involvement in European competition this season, with the latter already having scored twice.

Nicolas Pepe has come off the bench three times in the Europa League this campaign, with his brace in the reverse fixture against Vitoria being his best Arsenal moment to date, so he could be started to give him a boost.

Can Gabriel Martinelli make it to 15 starts this season?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Bukayo Saka has only featured once in the Europa League this season, but it was some showing he gave, getting a goal and two assists in the 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, so with the 18-year-old not having started either of the last two Premier League games, it could be worth putting him in again.

Gabriel Martinelli has taken the cup competitions by storm since joining the Gunners, scoring seven goals in four appearances, so it seems likely he will be given the chance to build on that.

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