Attack – Saka, Aubameyang, Smith Rowe
Alexandre Lacazette is back in full training but Arteta could save the Frenchman for later in the match.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said at yesterday’s press conference he prefers a central role and Arteta could deploy him there tonight.
Emile Smith Rowe may operate from the left due to Odegaard’s inclusion at No 10.
Bukayo Saka will start on the right, with the unfortunate Nicolas Pepe having to settle for a place on the bench.
Arsenal expected XI vs Villarreal in full: Leno; Chambers, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.