Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava

Unai Emery

Yes, Bernd Leno is going to play tomorrow.

Peter the Great won a decisive battle in the Great Northern War against the so-called peace-loving Sweden there in 1709, something that will no doubt inspire Arsenal's Under-23 manager, Freddie Ljungberg, to give a blood and thunder pep talk to Unai Enery before the away leg.

Arsenal have had a hit and miss start to the season in the Premier League.

New head coach Unai Emery sanctioned a £19million deal for the Germany worldwide in the summer but the 26-year-old has been forced to play second fiddle to Cech so far this season.

Emery has instead selected veteran Cech this term while implementing a new tactical style which involves playing the ball out from the back.

The north London side signed seven players in the summer transfer window as Emery revamped the Gunners squad.

Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira are in line for their first Arsenal starts as the Gunners host Vorskla Poltava in their Europa League opener on Thursday (kick-off 8pm).

Willock will now be looking to push for regular opportunities this season and should be a shoe-in for the matches in Europe, where he can start to show form and could give Unai Emery something to think about in the months ahead.

However, he insisted that should not be read as him installing Leno as the cup goalkeeper.

"The first decision for me in every match is about the performance".

"I would expect Arsenal to be a bit like Chelsea; they will want to start the group well and with a win", Nicholas told Sky Sports. We are going to change and also in the 18 players there is two young players.

Rob Holding must be in line for a starting spot.



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