Arsene Wenger faced the media in Serbia this evening ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League encounter with Red Star Belgrade and revealed that Mathieu Debuchy could make his first start of the season for Arsenal.
The France international hasn’t played for the Gunners since last November when he lasted just 16 minutes against Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Jack Wilshere, who appeared alongside Wenger in the press conference, is due to start in midfield, while youngsters including Eddie Nketiah, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson will also be hoping for game time.
The Gunners are in a strong position in the group having beaten FC Cologne and BATE Borisov in their first two games. Tomorrow night’s clash promises to be a heated affair with the home crowd usually producing one of Europe’s most ‘lively’ atmospheres.
“The support of the team always has a positive impact,” noted Wenger. “We can deal with that – we have long experience in the Champions League.
“I don’t think it will have a negative impact. We are of course in a country with a tremendous football tradition so we expect a game with huge commitment from everybody.”