Arsenal host Dundalk FC at the Emirates on matchday 2 of the Europa League group stage today. The Irish side dropped their first match against Molde. Arsenal beat Rapid Wien. A win today would put significant distance between the Gunners and the visitors in the Group B standings.
Dundalk are an interesting side. Their coach, Filippo Giovagnoli, was coaching for youth development academies in the U.S. before being appointed on an interim basis in August. He has since been named full time manager. His formation shifts to a 2-3-5 in attack, which is what the Gunners were doing in the first half against Leicester over the weekend. Look for the visitors to overload the box and look to score on crosses. This Twitter thread details their attacking and defending strategies quite well.
As has been the storyline for a while, Arsenal need to find more offense. Mikel Arteta has been tinkering with the lineup and the formation over the last few matches but hasn’t hit on the right combination just yet. With Thomas Partey still integrating into the lineup (he received far fewer passes from his teammates against Leicester than did Granit Xhaka and was starting to get visually frustrated as the match wore on), I’d expect Arteta to deploy a close to full strength lineup. He even hinted at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing #9, but he may have been speaking generally and not about today’s matchup.
The Gunners will be without David Luiz today, who picked up a thigh injury against Leicester at the weekend. Rob Holding also misses out with a hamstring problem, but he is expected back in full training next week. Calum Chambers is back in full training and working on his fitness. Willian has recovered from his calf issue and is available for selection. The long-term injuries are unchanged.
Arsenal - Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Xhaka, Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson
Dundalk FC - Rogers, Boyle, Gartland, Cleary, Dummigan, Shields, Mountney, McEleney, Murray, Duffy, Hoban
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