Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is ready to throw new signing Denis Suarez in at the deep end by handing him his club debut at Premier League champions Manchester City.
The Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium for Sunday’s match after a quiet transfer window saw them recruit Suarez on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old, who made two senior appearances for City during an earlier spell at the club, was the only arrival for Arsenal, who were hamstrung by a lack of funds for permanent signings.
The loan deal includes the option to sign Suarez full-time in the summer as the Spain international links up with Emery again, having played under his compatriot at Sevilla.
He could slot straight into the middle of Arsenal’s midfield, or alternatively be played out right on the wing, where he used to feature for Emery in Spain.
Bernd Leno will no doubt start in goal. Ahead of him, Emery has the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Captain Laurent Koscielny meanwhile is fit to return, despite a recent jaw injury, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan could feature after overcoming a foot problem.