How Arsenal could line up when Bellerin, Holding and Tierney return from injury
Arsenal are one of several sides looking to finish in the top four but matters have not been made easy by their injury list.
Several key players have been missing this year already, with Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney currently sidelined.
Unai Emery strengthened his squad in the summer after splashing some serious cash.
Nicolas Pepe arrived for a club-record fee of around £72m, while there were also incomings in the form of David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Tierney.
And fans have never been so optimistic of a strong finish in years – but their form has been mixed so far.
Narrow wins over Newcastle and Burnley were followed by a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Most recently, the Gunners drew to local rivals Tottenham at the Emirates but fought back from 2-0 down to claim a point.
Defence has been an area of concern for Emery, who has had a series of issues there.
Among them include Laurent Koscielny’s shock decision in the summer to plot a departure.
The former club captain eventually forced a move to Bordeaux – burning his bridges in north London as a result.
But as well as that surprise exit there have been some injury problems, with some more long-term than others.
Both Bellerin and Holding have been sidelined for a long time.
The former has been out since January with a cruciate knee ligament injury while Holding has been absent for even longer.
As for new signing Tierney, the Scotsman has not played since May as a result of an ongoing injury problem.
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe.