Mikel Arteta speaks: “Matt felt something in his groin last night so we decided to play Aaron,” says the Arsenal manager of his unexpected goalkeeper switcheroo in an interview with BT Sport. “You will see when the game starts, obviously,” he says with a grin upon being asked what role Eddie Nketiah will play. “We’re going to play the same way we always play, come here to win the game, to be dominant and don’t change the way we’ve been playing.”
Those teams: Mikel Arteta makes four changes to the side that defeated PSV in London last week, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale coming in for his European debut in place of his usual, injured understudy Matt Turner, who has been lining up for his side in this season’s Europa League. Captain Martin Odegaard, winger Gabriel Martinelli and defender William Saliba are also in, with Gabriel, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus also making way.
PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy makes two changes from last week’s match. Anwar El Ghazi and Jarrad Branthwaite, who is on loan from Everton, both start.
PSV Eindhoven: Benitez, Mwene, Ramalho, Branthwaite, Max, Veerman, Sangare, Gutierrez, Simons, El Ghazi, Gakpo.
Subs: Drommel, Waterman, Hoever, Teze, Obispo, Van Ginkel, De Jong, Madueke, Mauro Junior, Til, Bakayoko, Ledezma.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Holding, Saliba, Tierney, Lokonga, Xhaka, Odegaard, Vieira, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Subs: Hein, White, Partey, Gabriel, Saka, Jesus, Cedric, Nelson, Cirjan, Smith, Ibrahim.
The Philips Stadion is the venue for this evening’s Europa League clash between PSV and Arsenal, with the visitors already through to the knockout stages and needing just a point to seal their progress as group winners with a home game against FC Zurich to spare.
In the corresponding fixture at the EMirates last week, Arsenal won courtesy of the only goal of the game, scored by goal crazy midfielder Granit Xhaka, who followed up with another strike against Southampton at the weekend and is now looking for his third goal in three games.
While PSV can still win this group, albeit in a rather unlikely set of circumstances, they could guarantee themselves second place with a point this evening if the scoreline in Bodo/Glimt’s clash with Zurich goes their way. Kick off in Eindhoven is at 5.45pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.