Granit Xhaka Starts As Unai Emery Names Strong Line Up For Frankfurt Clash

Granit Xhaka has started his first Arsenal match since he was stripped of the club captaincy. The Swiss midfielder will start for the gunners alongside academy graduate Joe Willock in their Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates Stadium.

Under fire manager, Unai Emery has opted for a strong line up as Arsenal continue to struggle. Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz will start for an Arsenal defense that has not kept a clean sheet in their last six matches.

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Upfront, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will skipper the side alongside Bukayo Saka and Gabriele Martinelli. Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers start as the wingbacks.

A win would earn Unai Emery’s side entry into the knockout rounds of the competition. Arsenal tops the group with 10 points having won three and drawn one match in Europe so far this season.

Should the Gunners fail to win, rumors claim that Unai Emery could face the sack with Wolves manager Nuno Espirito strongly linked with a move to the Emirates.

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Fans are expected to be few in the stadium as the Arsenal fans stage a boycott following the poor run of results from the team. Furthermore, the Germans have been banned from accessing the Emirates Stadium after violating the UEFA rules in a previous encounter.

Starting XI: Emi Martinez, David Luiz, Soktartis, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Tierney, Pierre Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Gabriele Martinelli.

The match kicks off at 11 PM East African Time.

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