Europa League action this evening as the two top teams in the group meet at the Emirates.
Like us, Molde have won their opening two games, so it’s a true top of the table encounter, even if it’s a fairly uninspiring table – like a Formica one you keep things on in the shed rather than a majestic dining table stretching the length of an impressive room. And rather than stretch that flimsy metaphor any further, let’s look at team news.
David Luiz is fit again, and I suspect he might come back into the team tonight. As I wrote yesterday, there are encouraging signs when Rob Holding and Gabriel are partnered, so let’s keep them well rested for Sunday’s visit of Aston Villa. Shkodran Mustafi is fit again so that means there’s no need to take any risks back there.
As in the last game, I think we’ll see changes all over the pitch, and hopefully more playing time for the youngsters who impressed last week. Eddie Nketiah scored, as did Joe Willock, while Reiss Nelson had an impressive outing. I’d like to see all three start again, even if the selection of Willock in midfield might mean a more senior player like Dani Ceballos or Granit Xhaka has to sit it out.