Balogun makes 1st ever start, Arteta makes 10 changes: Arsenal’s predicted XI vs Molde – opinion

After picking up a hugely impressive 1-0 win against Manchester United at the weekend, Arsenal return to Europa League action when they take on Molde on Thursday night.

The Gunners have secured two wins from two in the competition, beating both Rapid Vienna and Dundalk. They could take another huge step to securing qualification from the group stage with a win at the Emirates, and boss Mikel Arteta will know the importance of ensuring there are no slip-ups and that momentum is continued.

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With the chance to rotate players ahead of a Premier League clash against Aston Villa at the weekend, Arteta will surely ring the changes. And with that in mind, below is a look at how the Gunners might line up.

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In goal, Runar Runarsson should make his second ever appearance in an Arsenal shirt, after making his debut against Dundalk last week. In front of him, Arteta is likely to freshen things up even more, with the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles coming into defence.

Having seen Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey run themselves into the ground in that 1-0 win over United, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Arteta decides to rest them both on Thursday. That could see the return of familiar faces Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.

And after a pair of impressive displays last time out, the likes of Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock should get themselves another opportunity. Fellow academy product Folarin Balogun may fancy his first start in an Arsenal shirt after coming off the bench last week, and that could give the Gunners a very exciting attack.

Predicted XI: Runarsson; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Ceballos, Xhaka; Pepe, Willock, Nelson; Balogun.

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