How Arsenal could line up against Benfica with Kieran Tierney back in training ahead of Europa League clash

How Arsenal could line up against Benfica with Kieran Tierney back in training ahead of Europa League clash

ARSENAL face Benfica in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday with the possibility that left-back Kieran Tierney could finally be available.

The Scot has missed the Gunners' last five Premier League games with a troublesome calf problem.

But the 23-year-old has returned to training ahead of Mikel Arteta's side's knockout clash.

Arsenal's 'away' leg has been moved from Portugal to Rome's Stadio Olimpico amid coronavirus travel restrictions.

But the game could come too soon for Tierney to be restored to the starting XI.

Tierney was last seen on the field in the 3-0 win over Newcastle on January 18.

Arteta's side topped their group easily with a 100 per cent record of six wins from six.

But the Gunners will be wary that they crashed out at this exact stage to Olympiacos last season.

Nicolas Pepe could be brought back into the side after bagging three goals and as many assists in the group games.

From the side that started the 4-2 win over Leeds, loanee Martin Odegaard may be most likely to miss out.

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Skipper and Prem hat-trick hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twisted his ankle against Marcelo Bielsa's side.

SunSport revealed Arsenal are investigating the Gabonese striker after a video of a new tattoo appeared to suggest a Covid breach – but neither issue is thought likely to keep him out of the side.

Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey is still sidelined.

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