Arsenal team news and predicted line up for Europa League final: Does Emery stick with Blues-bound Cech or drop him for Leno?

UNAI EMERY has a goalkeeping dilemma on his hands ahead of the Europa League final against Chelsea.

The Arsenal boss has to decide whether to start Petr Cech in the final game of his career or whether to stick with No1 choice Bernd Leno.

Cech will end his 20 year playing career to reportedly become Chelsea's sporting director next season.

Emery hinted he would feature as he said: "He is a great man who is nice in his behaviour.

"This will be his last match and I want to do something with him in the final moment of his career."

But Leno, who made 32 league appearances this season, has made it clear that he wants to start between the sticks.

The German, 27, said: "I have great respect for Petr, we get along very well. He deserves all credit, and I treat him well. But it's clear that I'm a competitor, I always want to play, especially in a final."

It is predicted that Emery will deploy a 3-4-1-2 formation against Maurizio Sarri's side.

One option for the boss would be to start Cech behind Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac would form the midfield for the Gunners.

Mesut Ozil would fill the hole behind deadly duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

But Aubameyang raised concerns when he was spotted with his left wrist strapped in training on Tuesday.

Another option for Emery would be to start with Leno – who has the same amount of clean sheets at Cech this term.

Shkodran Mustafi has failed to live up to expectations this term, but he could start at the back alongside Koscielny and Sokratis.

Matteo Guendouzi is another possible contender to be named in the midfield, while Alex Iwobi will also be hoping to feature.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan would have started the match – but he has not made the trip to Baku due to safety concerns.

Danny Welbeck has not played since November after he injured his ankle, but he is hoping to secure a spot on the bench in his final game for the club.




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