Arsenal v Rapid Wien: Predicted lineup

Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz (2ndR) celebrates scoring with team mates during the UEFA Europa League Group B football match Rapid Wien v Arsenal in Vienna, Austria on October 22, 2020. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Today is the day we have all been waiting for. Gooners will finally be back at the Emirates for the first time in nine months to watch the Gunners compete in a Europa League match up against Rapid Wien.

After an embarrassing 2-1 loss at home to Wolves last Sunday, how will Arteta put his team out? Here is the predicted lineup for tonight.

Formation: 4-3-3

  • Defence

Goalkeeper - Runarsson - The Icelandic goalkeeper has really impressed so far for Mikel Arteta, especially in the Europa League.

He has played twice for The Gunners' and kept two impressive clean sheets in a 3-0 win over Dundalk, and a most recent 3-0 win away at Molde.

It will take some good performances to start over Leno in the league, but the youngster has something to prove.

Left Back - Maitland-Niles - The Englishman played in this position last fixture in a successful 3-0 away victory against Molde.

Maitland-Niles hasn't really found his place in the Arsenal side, but may have to slide into this role to cover Tierney, who is more likely to be rested for the North London Derby on Sunday.

Centre Backs - Gabriel and Rob Holding - Gabriel has by far been Arsenal's man of the season, with the South American potentially winning his third consecutive player of the month.

The Brazilian has for sure solidified Arsenal's back line, being an important member in Arsenal's mission to finish top of the group.

Holding has not had the best starts to the season, however he is more likely to play tonight, covering David Luiz, who suffered a head injury with Raul Jimenez last Sunday against Wolves.

The centre back has had a inconsistent start to the campaign, but still has position to prove. We may see an impressive partnership between these two.

Right Back - Cedric Soares - The Portuguese international has yet to make an impression this in the league this season, being a back up for Hector Bellerin.

However, the Right Back has been a key member of Arteta's Europa League squad.

Soares has played all four Europa League games, and has kept a clean sheet in two of them.

He is has been solid in defence and attack, and is a favourite in the manager's European lineups.

  • Midfielders

Granit Xhaka - The Swiss midfielder has been a main component to Arteta's side in League and European matches, and has provided solidity to the side.

New boy Thomas Partey is again missing due to injury, meaning that Granit Xhaka is likely to start in the defensive role tonight. 

Joe Willock - Star boy Joe Willock has impressed highly this season, especially in the Europa League.

The midfielder in four games has scored twice and assisted three times in this years European campaign, proving his ability and worth to the side. He is a key part to our Europa League success.

Emile Smith-Rowe - This youngster is dying for a start. The fans are begging for the Englishman to start, with the midfielder already providing an assist in Europe with 15 minutes of first team football. We may see the star play tonight.

  • Forwards

Left Wing - Nicolas Pepe - After the unthinkable sending off against Leeds, the Ivorian winger has made significant improvements to his game.

Only be able to play in Europe due to his suspension, the winger has scored three and assisted two in four Europa League matches, proving his worth to the side.

The winger has a long way to go to prove his price tag, but this a great rebound off of the suspension.

Striker - Alexandre Lacazette - The Frenchman is currently our top goal scorer in the league this season, however he has not produced goals in Europe so far.

The striker is likely to miss out on the starting lineup on Sunday against Spurs if Arteta plays Aubameyang central, meaning he may get a shot at the Emirates tonight.

Right Wing - Reiss Nelson - In his recent Europa League match, the Englishman played admirably.

His quick feet and imaginative play is the kind of player we need in our midfield. The spark and creativity he provided against Molde last Thursday has potentially landed him a  place tonight.