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Martinelli and Gabriel dropped, Balogun on the bench: Confirmed Arsenal XI vs Slavia Prague

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Arsenal have arrived at the Sinobo Stadium in Prague to take on Slavia Praha in what is our most important game of the season yet.

The hosts scored a late equaliser at the Emirates last week to gain a slight advantage ahead of tonight’s second leg. Arsenal have to score to have any chance of going through to the next round, and Mikel Arteta has named a strong lineup.

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Mari replaces Gabriel, ESR starts

Bernd Leno keeps his place in goal and the German has to be at his best. He has had a couple of questionable performances this term, but he cannot afford to make any mistakes tonight.

Calum Chambers replaces Hector Bellerin at right-back thanks to the Englishman’s fantastic form over the last few weeks.

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Rob Holding and Pablo Mari start in central defence, with Granit Xhaka slotting in at left-back after his impressive display out of position against Sheffield United.

Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos get the nod in the middle of the park. The former had a poor game last week, while the Spaniard’s howler against Benfica in one of the previous rounds almost cost us the game.

Both players will have to be at their absolute best – both in atack and defensively.

The big news is in attacking midfield. Emile Smith Rowe returns after missing the game on Sunday. The young Englishman has been outstanding in almost every game since Christmas, and a lot is expected of him again.

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Nicolas Pepe keeps his place in the side ahead of Gabriel Martinelli and Willian. Bukayo Saka starts too with Alexandre Lacazette leading the line after his impressive brace on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun, who is reportedly on the verge of signing a new deal, gets a place on the bench.

Arsenal XI vs Slavia Prague: Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Granit Xhaka; Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos; Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe; Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal substitutes: Maty Ryan, Hector Bellerín, Gabriel Magalhaes, Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Miguel Azeez, Reiss Nelson, Willian, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Folarin Balogun, James Hillson.

Come On You Gunners!

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