]Arsenal has affirmed the grave news that Thomas Partey’s injury is more terrible than the first idea, and the summer arrival is likely to stay on the treatment table until 2021.
Luiz played on for an additional 30 minutes with blood seeping through his bandage against Wolves – a move which was intensely criticized – and the Brazilian defender is affirmed to be feeling the loss of this one out.
Nicolas Pepe should begin this one in the midst of his domestic suspension, while Reiss Nelson – who was dropped for Willian at the end of the week in spite of his impressive performance at Molde – is required to get approval on the opposite flank.
Aubameyang’s struggles in front of goal against Wolves – in spite of ending up in a more recognizable central role – and the 31-year-old will clear a path for either Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah here.
Concerning Thursday’s visitors’ midfield duo Dejan Petrovic and Dejan Ljubicic are believed to approach returns of activity, however, the excursion to Arsenal will come too early for the two players.
Discount changes are impossible, however, Fountas showed up from the seat in the Vienna derby and will long for a second goal against the Gunners this week, so he should begin this one.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Runarsson; Cedric, Mustafi, Holding, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Elneny; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nelson; Lacazette
Rapid Vienna possible starting lineup:
Gartler; Stojkovic, Hofmann, Barac, Ullmann; Grahovac, Knasmullner; Schick, Demir, Fountas; Kara