REISS NELSON could start for Arsenal against Sheffield United on Saturday in place of the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The English youngster, 20, came off the bench against Crystal Palace last week for his 14th appearance of the season.
But he could be in from the start with Aubameyang unavailable for boss Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners' captain and talisman was sent off for his tackle on Max Meyer at Selhurst Park and the club failed in their appeal meaning he is out for three matches.
And Nelson is the man expected to come in alongside Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe in attack to support Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates.
Gabriel Martinelli has impressed in the cups so far this term and also came on in South London last week so is another option to fill the void left by Aubameyang.
Speaking ahead of the visit from Chris Wilder's side, Arteta acknowledged it is time for his other players to step up - especially Lacazette, who has not scored since December 12.
The manager said: "His lack of goals is a concern for me if it’s a concern for him. He’s missed chances in recent games and he could easily have put four or five goals together.
“That’s a little bit strange for him — but players do have these ups and downs.
“His work out of position has been phenomenal, he’s sensing goals for the team and creating situations for his team-mates.
“What we have to do as a team is put Laca in positions where he can have as many opportunities as possible during the game.
“But it’s not just down to him. Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli... whoever plays on Saturday has to step in and be ready to make a difference for the team.”
Lucas Torreira was substituted at half-time at Palace after straining a muscle but is thought to be ready to come straight back in.
Arsenal missed his energy and battling when he went off - although Arteta was impressed with Matteo Guendouzi who came on in his place.
So it will be either Torreira or Guendouzi in midfield alongside Xhaka with Sokratis and David Luiz set to keep their places at centre-back.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles should continue at right-back in the absence of Hector Bellerin who is likely to feature for the Under-23s before returning to the first team.
On the other side, Sead Kolasinac faces a late fitness test and is on course to miss out, meaning Bukayo Saka will slot in at left-back as he has in recent weeks.
Barring any late drama, Bernd Leno will keep his place between the sticks.