Unai Emery has had just hands full at Arsenal since arriving to the North London club this summer. Taking over from Arsene Wenger was always going to be a difficult job for any new manager and it's a job that Emery has been getting his teeth stuck into.
The former Sevilla coach has had the difficult task of having to achieve immediate results and find his best team all at the same time. This has meant not only that free betting tips on the match are difficult to come by as it is very difficult to predict the maanger but also that a certain amount of players have had the chance to start for Arsenal this season during the early Premier League outtings. The win at Newcastle this weekend means that Arsenal and Emery have managed 3 victories on the spin, two of those away from home. The downside to this is that many of the squad players have not had a look in as yet.
The likes of Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Bernd Leno amongst others have not managed a single Premier League minute so far this season but that is all about to change.
On Thursday evening, Arsenal begin their Europa League journey when they host FC Vorskla at the Emirates Stadium.
It will be a good chance for Emery to rotate his squad and give the fringe players a chance to really impress the manager.
Emery hinted as much after the Newcastle United victory.
Emery said: “We are going to change and use a lot of players for different competitions, but only thinking about the best performance for us to win on Thursday,”
“Every competition for me is about [doing as well as you can] and normally you use a different goalkeeper in those [other] competitions, but it’s about giving [your best] performance.”
“After the Champions League, the Europa League is the most important competition,” he noted on Friday.
“If teams cannot play in the Champions League, it is very important. When we opened this possibility that, when you win the Europa League, you play in the Champions League, it was the key to improve the interest in this competition.
“I have proven with my experience to know the best way to manage the players [in the Europa League]. My idea first isn’t to change 11 players for one competition and the next competition. Each match is giving us information for how we can play.”
Many Arsenal fans have been itching to see the likes of Bernd Leno after number 1 goalkeeper, Petr Cech has made some high profile errors passing out from the back this season. While we all expect Leno to be better with is feet, it is still unclear how his handling has been during sessions at London Colny.
Arsenal fans will also be excited to see another centre back on the pitch in an Arsenal shirt given the up and down nature of Shkodran Mustafi this season. It will be interesting to see if Emery sticks with one experienced defender alongside a youngster or if he will be brave enough to pair both Holding and Mavropanos for example.
What is unclear is what the manager will do at left back given that both Sead Kolašinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are both injured.
We could see a team similar to this on Thursday night:
Lichtsteiner Holding Mavropanos Monreal
Elneny Torreira Smith-Rowe
Mkhitaryan Welbeck Iwobi