Michael Owen is predicting that Arsenal will come out on top against Eintracht Frankfurt this evening, despite manager Unai Emery likely to field a much-changed eleven.
The German side reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, but have sold a number of their key players, and Owen believes the Gunners should be able to exploit their opponents on the counter-attack:
“The Bundesliga outfit are a real threat especially at home, although they lost 2-1 at Augsburg at the weekend and lost their most-prized asset Sebastien Haller to West Ham during the summer.”
“The Gunners are likely to have their chances on the break and I feel their quality strikers will give Unai Emery a winning start as they bid to go one better in the competition than last year.”
With Emery opting to keep Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at home, it’s likely that Arsenal will make a significant number of changes to the team that drew 2-2 against Watford on Sunday.
Rob Holding has been named in the travelling party and could partner Calum Chambers in the centre of defence, while youngsters Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe could also feature after being selected in the 19-man squad.
There’s no place for either Kieran Tierney or Hector Bellerin despite the fact the pair are now in full training. Emery has said he believes the fullbacks will need more game time for the Under 23s.