Arsenal face Burnley in their second game of the season at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, after an opening-day win over Newcastle United.
Whilst Arsenal came through a tough match away in the North-East last weekend, Burnley achieved a surprisingly comfortable victory over Southampton, winning 3-0.
Ashley Barnes is in good form after a couple of goals in that match, whilst Jay Rodriguez returned to the club this summer after 22 goals for West Brom in 2018/19. Burnley should provide another test for Arsenal’s defence.
The match is at 12:30 BST on Saturday, August 17th at the Emirates Stadium, and it will be televised in the UK on BT Sport. You can see the full television listings by country at LiveSoccerTV.
Let’s have a look at our predicted team for the match.
Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Unai Emery utilised a 4-2-3-1 throughout the majority of pre-season and then held onto the formation for the first match against Newcastle, so we’ll assume he’s going to go for the same against Burnley.
Bernd Leno has managed to hold onto his starting spot despite tough competition from Emi Martinez. Leno should start this one with Martinez on the bench.
David Luiz should be ready for a debut. Though he featured in pre-season for Chelsea, he hadn’t had any time to settle in with Arsenal before last weekend’s match. A week later, he’ll be available for selection now.
The question is whether Unai Emery will be willing to drop Sokratis Papastathopoulos or Calum Chambers, who both helped Arsenal to a clean sheet against Newcastle.
It’s a dilemma, but I’d argue this is the right time to switch one of them out. Arsenal have Liverpool and Spurs in the next two games, and it’s going to be much more difficult to debut Luiz safely in those matches. Chambers is probably the more likely to miss out.
Holding is set for a return after the international break, whilst Mavropanos is on track for an October return.
Maitland-Niles performed well against Newcastle, and with Bellerin also hoping to return in October, the Englishman should keep his place.
With Kieran Tierney out injured and Sead Kolasinac’s problems off the pitch, Nacho Monreal is the obvious choice at left-back.
Willock did well in his start against Newcastle last weekend, and a knock picked up by Xhaka as well as Özil’s continued absence makes it even more likely he’ll find a place in the team.
Dani Ceballos could be ready for his first start, along with Matteo Guendouzi, whilst Lucas Torreira is probably the least prepared, with only four minutes of football under his belt since the summer.
That’s excluding Mohamed Elneny, who appears to be edging closer to an exit.
After having to settle for a spot on the bench last weekend, Alexandre Lacazette should be back to lead the line against Burnley.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will shift out to the wing, opposite either Reiss Nelson on the left or Nicolas Pepe on the right, depending on whether the Ivory Coast international is deemed ready.
Most likely, he won’t be quite there yet, so Aubameyang and Nelson will probably start with Pepe trying to make an impact from the bench again.
Leno; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Monreal; Guendouzi, Willock; Aubameyang, Ceballos, Nelson; Lacazette.