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Balogun starts and Azeez given a chance – Reporters pick their Arsenal team vs Rapid Vienna

Arsenal take on Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The game will see fans up welcomed into the stadium for the first time since March with up to 2,000 spectators set to be in attendance.

Mikel Arteta will to put on a show for the returning fans but he will also be wary of the time at which the fixture has come.

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Arsenal have already qualified from the Europa League with two games to spare and will want to keep their senior stars fit and available for the North London Derby on Sunday.

With all that in mind here’s who football.london ‘s reporters think Mikel Arteta should play for Arsenal on the evening.

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Kaya Kaynak

Runar Alex Runarsson has kept clean sheets in both his Arsenal appearances and will surely start again in what is such a low stakes game.

Sead Kolasinac’s return from COVID-19 poses some questions as to who will play at full-back. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been in good form in the competition while Mikel Arteta is a fan of Sead Kolasinac so you would expect those two to start. David Luiz will be unavailable so Rob Holding might have to play again alongside Shkodran Mustafi. It could be worth sharing the game between Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari instead though as they make their returns from injury. The Englishman would probably start as a result of having played more for the under-23s.

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Then in midfield with Thomas Partey still injured and Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos both set to feature against Spurs, why not give Miguel Azeez a go from the off alongside the experienced Mohamed Elneny?

Emile Smith Rowe deserves a chance at number 10 and I would like to see Reiss Nelson on the left. Nicolas Pepe will play no part on Sunday due to suspension so he’ll be on the right. Up front it’s…