Arsenal predicted line-up vs Sporting Lisbon as Mikel Arteta makes Gabriel Jesus decision

Premier League leaders Arsenal must beat Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night in the Emirates to reach the last eight of this season’s Europa League

Gabriel Jesus made his comeback from injury last Sunday((Getty Images)

Arsenal are aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night in the Emirates.

The Gunners drew 2-2 in the first leg in Portugal last month. William Saliba’s early goal was canceled out by Goncalo Inacio’s superb header before Sporting made it 2-1 with a Paulinho strike. Hidemasa Morita’s own goal tied the tie.

Mikel Arteta is expected to rotate his squad for the second leg due to the Premier League title win. Arsenal are five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table with a home game against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Turner will replace Aaron Ramsdale between the posts, although last time out he couldn’t cover himself with the glory for both Sporting’s goals. The US international has featured in all but one of Arsenal’s Europa League games this season.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has struggled for minutes in the Premier League due to Ben White’s performances at right-back but the Japanese defender is yet to miss a European game for Arsenal this season. As such, he is tapped to start against Sporting at right-back.

One of Arteta’s toughest decisions will be deciding who will play at centre-back. It is highly unlikely he will resort to his preferred pairing of Gabriel Magalhaes and Saliba as Rob Holding and Jakub Kiwior both hope to make the starting XI.

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Matt Turner is expected to replace Aaron Ramsdale between sticks((Getty Images)

What do you think Arsenal’s starting XI will look like against Sporting Lisbon? Let us know in the comments below!

Kiwior, signed by Italian club Spezia in January after representing Poland at the World Cup in Qatar, failed to impress last time out against Sporting. However, with limited Premier League opportunities, Arteta could give him another chance in Europe.

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