Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava: Emery backs Leno to shine on first start

  • Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava: Emery backs Leno to shine on first start

Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava: Emery backs Leno to shine on first start

Ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash between Arsenal and Vorskla Poltava, Sports Mole looks at how the Gunners could line up.

The Gunners start their Europa League campaign at the Emirates on Thursday night and Emery confirmed he will rest Petr Cech.

Arsenal appointed Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's replacement in the summer following a disappointing sixth-placed finish.

And having fallen out of Europe's elite tournament, the Champions League, Emery has spoken about his priorities for each competition this year.

"The first three months with Ivan were very important for me because he's a big person, and a professional person too", said Emery.

Lucas Torreira is set to make his full debut in midfield after impressing off the bench while Bernd Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner are also expected to be handed their first starts since arriving in the summer.

"There are 38 matches, so your first analysis is like this".

"We are excited about every match".

"First is tomorrow, then we are going to think about Sunday", he said.

"We have four competitions this season". Emery also suggested the need to retain many vital players from time to time for Europa League games, meaning Mesut Ozil might still keep his place.

I would expect Arsenal to be a bit like Chelsea; they will want to start the group well and with a win.

Speaking about the rivalry with his new teammate Cech, who has entered the final year of his current deal, said: 'I guess [my future] depends on my performances, the way I play and the way I stay fit throughout the season.

Arsenal's Bernd Leno during the pre-season friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

"I always want to do things at 100 percent and you have to be fit enough to do that". "Tomorrow we are going to change, to give the players options, to find minutes, confidence on the pitch".