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Predicted Arsenal lineup to face Olympiacos with all eyes on Pepe and Aubameyang

Arsenal will play Olympiacos on Thursday evening in the second leg of the round of 16 time having won the first leg 3-1.

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Arsenal celebrate their second goal in the first leg in Greece. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal head into the second leg of this tie with a comfortable lead having beaten the Olympiacos 3-1 last week in Greece. The Gunners picked up three away goals putting themselves in a safe position to play the encounter at the Emirates stadium with ease.

It’s certain Arsenal have sailed through to the Europa League quarterfinals unless Olympiacos put up a stunning performance.

Therefore it is expected that Arteta will make some rotations to the team and give some players a rest and others a chance to play.

Predicted lineup to play Olympiacos:

The major rotations are expected to be in the frontline with Aubameyang returning to the lineup after being left out of the Spurs game because of a discipline case. Willian and Pepe are also expected to start.

Saka will be rested after he picked up an injury though it isn’t serious, while Odegaard will also be given a rest after starting consecutive games for Arsenal.

Elneny should be given a start after his brilliant cameo in the first leg enabling Xhaka to finally get a rest after playing so many games. Finally the backline could also be changed with Bellerin returning, Mari and Holding given the nod in central defence.

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