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Arteta gives £2m man a chance, bold Martinelli decision made - predicted Arsenal XI vs Olympiacos

Arsenal are back in Europa League action tonight as they host Olympiacos in their last-16 second leg.

The Gunners will hope to make it three wins in a row after building a 3-1 first-leg advantage against the Greek giants before triumphing in the North London derby.

Goals from Martin Odegaard, Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny saw the hosts ease to victory last Thursday – but the job is far from complete.

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With that in mind, who could Mikel Arteta name in his starting XI?

In terms of team news, Bukayo Saka is a doubt for the game with a hamstring issue and, even if he recovers in time, this would be a great opportunity to give him a break.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped for the derby due to disciplinary issues, but they’ve been resolved and he’s now back in contention to start.

Given Arsenal’s lead, Arteta can afford to make a few changes whilst keeping his team competitive.

Bernd Leno is likely to remain in goal, but there could be changes at centre-back, with £2m star Rob Holding and £14m ace Pablo Mari good shouts to replace Gabriel and David Luiz.

Arteta is spoilt for choice at right-back, and could potentially rotate his starter there, with Hector Bellerin replacing Cedric Soares.

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Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, is indispensable for the Gunners and will likely keep his place on the left.

Arteta will probably want to keep the base of midfield strong, so there’s a good chance Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey will start again.

Further up, there’s more room to make changes, and we feel Arteta will replace Saka with Nicolas Pepe.

This game would surely be the perfect opportunity to give Gabriel Martinelli some game time, so let’s hope he gets on the left.

Elsewhere, Martin Odegaard could start at No. 10, while Emile Smith Rowe earns a rest and could replace the Norwegian during the game.

And leading the line, we feel Aubameyang will replace Alexandre Lacazette, who wasn’t particularly impressive in the NLD.

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Arsenal predicted XI v Olympiacos (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Martinelli; Aubameyang

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