Confirmed lineups: Arsenal vs Benfica

By on February 25, 2021 - 59 views

Arsenal are over in Greece this evening to face Benfica in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie.

Their ‘home’ tie will be played at Olympiacos’ Karaiskakis Stadium because of Covid-19 restrictions. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw over in Rome last week.

The Gunners are our clear favourites to progress from this tie this evening as the defending Portuguese champions have been woeful since the turn of the year.

The two teams for the Europa League tie are confirmed as:

Arsenal

Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney; Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Substitutes: Mat Ryan, Karl Hein, Cedric Soares, Callum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah

Mikel Arteta has gone with his strongest lineup despite a key trip to Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line up front, supported by Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe in an exciting attack.

Benfica

Helton Leite; Lucas Verissimo, Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen; Diogo Goncalves, Pizzi, Julian Weigl, Adel Taarabt, Alex Grimaldo; Rafa Silva, Haris Seferovic

Substitutes: Mile Svilar, Odysseas Vlachodimos, Gilberto, Everton, Gabriel, Darwin Nunez, Luca Waldschmidt, Franco Cervi, Chiquinho, Pedrinho, Nuno Tavares, Goncalo Ramos

Benfica have been through a number of goalkeepers since selling Ederson to Manchester City. Helton Leite starts this evening and is protected by former Premier League duo Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen in defence.

Former Queens Park Rangers playmaker Adel Taarabt starts in midfield, whilst Pizzi and Rafa Silva are the goalscorers in this team.

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