Unai Emery will make his first appearance as Arsenal manager in a European competition when the Gunners entertain Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
The home side must be considered the heavy favourites to register a victory in this fixture and the Spanish coach is likely to view this game as an opportunity to give some of his lesser used squad players a rare start.
The likes of Alex Iwobi, Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding could all be in line for inclusion in the Gunners’ starting XI. England international Danny Welbeck may also be expecting to get the nod from Emery.
The 27-year-old currently finds himself as something of an outcast, with both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him in the pecking order, meaning that Premier League minutes may prove few and far between for the ex-Manchester United striker this season.
However, Welbeck could still prove himself to be a vital member of this Arsenal squad. His work rate, energy levels and intelligent pressing make him ideally suited to Emery’s own preferred style of play. For that reason, the manager must take this chance to see what Welbeck is capable of.
With less than 12 months remaining on the forward’s current contract, his involvement and performances in matches like this could determine his future with the club.
Welbeck still has something to offer Arsenal and he deserves this chance to put some pressure on the current first choice attackers. 84% of the Arsenal fans we polled agree, and would love to see Welbeck start against Vorskla. See the full results below.