Arsenal travel to Sporting tonight for their next Europa League group stage game. The Gunners are in pole position in their group having won their two openers and it seems clear that Unai Emery is taking the tournament seriously, however, the fans have been calling for him to rest Hector Bellerin.
Team I would play against Sporting:
— LTArsenal (@ltarsenal) 25 October 2018
Hector Bellerin has been a staple of the Arsenal side pretty much since he broke into the first eleven under Arsene Wenger. He may not be the best right-back in the world but he’s certainly good enough for Arsenal and even pops up with important goals and assists when his side need them. The right-back has featured in all of the club’s Premier League matches so far and the Europa league seems to be a good opportunity to rest him.
Bellerin was on the bench for The Gunners first two European clashes against Vorskla and Qarabag and it would be no surprise to see the defender rested tonight. Some eagle-eyed Gunners even spotted Carl Jenkinson on the plane to Portugal yesterday and with the fans urging Bellerin to be given a rest some of them wouldn’t even mind seeing the out-of-favour defender given a run out ahead of the Spaniard.
You can read The Gunners’ calls to rest Bellerin here:
Bellerin out for lichsteiner, we wiill need a full of energy hector to battle Zaha + Anholt on Sunday…
— Daniel Dávila (@Jdanieldavilah) October 25, 2018
I ll go with 4-2-3-1 as follows:
LichtSteiner Sokratis Holding AMN
Mikhi ESR. Welbeck
— Abhishek Sinha (@abhi_easygooner) October 25, 2018
Bellerin needs a rest so swap him out for Lichtsteiner
— Mitty (@SkidmarkMondayZ) October 25, 2018
Do we need to play Bellerin?
— GhanaianGunner (@Kyriedicullous) 25 October 2018
Bellerin deserves a break. It's too early in the season, we don't want to gas him out. Plus I'll rather give Nketiah and ESR a chance as well as Martinez in post. Kolasinac as a sub won't be bad, and Jenkinson should get a start for the sake of it
— nwamama (@thekelechiamadi) October 25, 2018
but would prefare Lichtsteiner as my RB, he also needs playing time
— soil (@seyisoil) October 25, 2018
My team: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Guendouzi, Smith-Rowe, Ramsey, Welbeck, Aubameyang
— Unai Emery (@ESPLAAAAAIN) 25 October 2018
The Gunners are keen to see Bellerin given a break later, even if it means Jenkinson comes in for him.