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

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Arsenal’s talisman will make way for Lacazette

In the reverse fixture, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang essentially provided nothing. I’m always hesitant to ridicule him after such performances because he is the captain, but it shouldn’t be this way. Arteta should be more stern and if ANY player is in terrible form, they should be benched. That said, I think Alexandre Lacazette will come in to replace the Gabon international. He is more reliable in games like this, and besides, Auba isn’t a bad option to bring off the bench.

Bukayo Saka will start alongside the French striker as his energy is always important in the lineup. I don’t see the need to rest him because he is always rearing to go and is our out-and-out best player. On the other side, there is only one option; Nicolas Pepe. After all, anyone but Willian!

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How do you think Arsenal will lineup in this match?