Arsenal’s predicted lineup: Thomas Partey returns to face Benfica

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Arsenal face a visit from Benfica as they host the Portuguese team in the final leg of their Europa League battle. The Gunners go into this one with the away goal advantage as they scored in the first leg which finished at a 1-1 stalemate, but the last thing we need is for Mikel Arteta to rest on his laurels.

That said, the Spaniard will need to select a strong lineup. Here’s what I think he will go with…

Arsenal’s number 1, Bernd Leno

Leno is slowly but surely starting to pick up his confidence again after his howler against Wolves some weeks ago. He is Arsenal’s first-choice shot-stopper and given his improvement this season, I don’t think he’ll make way in the starting lineup anytime soon. Safe hands, I hope.