Arsenal v Standard Liege team news
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that full-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are likely to continue their comebacks against Standard Liege.
The Gunners will head into Thursday’s Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium looking to make it two wins from two in the competition and they will be boosted by the return to fitness of Tierney and Bellerin.
Scotland international Tierney has only made one appearance since joining Arsenal from Celtic during the summer due to a long-standing hip injury, featuring for 77 minutes in last week’s Carabao Cup thrashing of Nottingham Forest.
The 22-year-old opted against being included in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for this month’s international break at the request of Emery, who wanted him to continue his recovery in North London.
Indeed, Tierney was left out of the Arsenal team that faced Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday after suffering a slight setback, but Emery has now confirmed, all being well, the youngster should play some part against Liege.
“We are with him, taking precaution, it’s also important with the national team and we are thinking it is not the moment to work with them,” Emery told reporters. “For the next matches, I think he is going to be ready to play with us and to play with them.”
Fellow full-back Bellerin also made his comeback in the cup against Forest, coming on as a substitute for Tierney, but Emery is adopting a more cautious approach with the Spaniard, who spent nine months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
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Emery added: “For tomorrow, we are thinking that it depends on the training that we are going to do now on how he (Bellerin) is feeling. But if he is feeling well, then normally, he is going to play.”
Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s match, which means Alexandre Lacazette (ankle) and Emile Smith Rowe (knock) are the only players currently on the treatment table.