Arsenal icon Paul Merson believes Mikel Arteta could make as many as five changes for Saturday’s clash with Liverpool.
Arteta’s side face the champions looking to keep apace with the Premier League’s top six.
But with the Europa League quarter final first leg taking place in midweek, Merson thinks the Arsenal boss would be wise to ring the changes.
"It's a huge game for Jurgen Klopp and his side in the race for Champions League football next season,” Merson told Sky Sports.
"On the other hand, I don't think it's as big a game for Arsenal. They play Slavia Prague next week in the Europa League and it's hard to see them having much interest in the game against Liverpool at all.
"I'd expect at least five of the players who are going to be playing next Thursday to not play in this game.
"All Arsenal's eggs are in one basket now. There is no point in them beating Liverpool and then getting beat by Slavia Prague. That's no value to them at all.
"Top four is out of the window in the league. There are too many teams above them, even if they went on a bit of a run.
"But after the quarter-final draw, they have a fantastic chance of doing something in the Europa League."
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are both major doubts after picking up knocks while on international duty.
Arteta admitted the two would be assessed on Friday, ahead of a late decision on their availability for this weekend’s visit of the champions.
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Should the pair be ruled out, it is likely Nicolas Pepe will be handed a chance from the off, just reward for his impressive showing against West Ham last time out.
Elsewhere, there are decisions to be made on the central defensive pairing, with the Arsenal boss rotating through his options in recent weeks.
Arsenal predicted XI: Leno; Tierney, Luiz, Gabriel, Bellerin; Xhaka, Partey; Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
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