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Arsenal Line-Up vs Benfica: Confirmed team news, and injury latest for Europa League game

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Arsenal face Benfica in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie in Athens / ES Composite

Thomas Partey faces a race against time to be fit for Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Benfica on Thursday.

The midfielder has been struggling with a hamstring issue, but could be ready for the second leg of the Gunners’ last-32 tie in Athens.

If Partey isn’t fit, then Dani Ceballos is expected to start alongside Granit Xhaka in central midfield.

The defence is likely to show one change from Rome last week, with Kieran Tierney coming in for Cedric Soares.

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In attack, Mikel Arteta has some decisions to make. Martin Odegaard has started the last three games so he could now drop out.

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That would see Emile Smith Rowe start as the No10, with Alexandre Lacazette leading the line and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing out left.


Arsenal likely XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

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Thursday 5.55pm GMT, BT Sport

Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers

Arsenal squad from: Leno, Ryan; Bellerin, Cedric, Chambers, Gabriel, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Ceballos, Elneny, Odegaard, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Balogun, Lacazette, Martinelli, Nelson, Nketiah, Pepe and Willian.

Doubts: Partey (hamstring)

Injured: Holding (concussion protocols)

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