I have to say from the outset, I probably won’t be doing this for every Europa League match. Doing this twice a week seems like a lot, and as Arsenal go further into the group stage, if things go as they did last season, there will probably be a lot of kids who will get to see action that I have no idea who they are, particularly days in advance, so it’s a bit of a crapshoot.
I did it for this game, though, because I’m genuinely interested in what you think as far as how Unai Emery should play these games - stick with the regulars? Play the kids? Try something totally different? And I got some really good answers from the awesome TSF people who filled out the survey.
First of all, looks like the 4-2-3-1 is still the preferred formation, although there was a good chunk of you (28% of respondents) who think a 4-3-3 might be a better idea. Bernd Leno continues to be Mr. Popular, with an unsurprising-yet-whopping 98.4% of you thinking he should get the start Thursday. There were a couple other surprises, too:
Yep, that’s right - that’s a lineup with three defensive midfielders, if you count Mohamed Elneny as one. He’s kind of a super-utility guy, though, so maybe he’s more attack minded in this formation.
Rob Holding gets a start, as well, which just goes to show that this is in fact the Europa League. You’d also give Alex Iwobi a chance to shine up top, which would be fun to see.
We shall see what Emery does, and how many unknown kids he has on the bench that we might see next time.