Arsenal face Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, following the conclusion of the transfer window on Friday.
Arsenal actually had a pretty busy January window in the end. At the time of writing, they’ve made two new signings, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan deals. They recalled Eddie Nketiah and Dejan Iliev, before loaning Iliev out again.
Konstantinos Mavropanos, James Olayinka, Emile Smith Rowe and Tyreece John-Jules also went on loan.
Don’t expect the new signings to start on Sunday though. Cedric Soares is out with a short-term injury, whilst Pablo Mari hasn’t played in just over a month thanks to the Brazilian season ending in December. They’ll use the winter break to ease themselves in.
There’s still plenty to look forward to though. Arsenal are unbeaten in 2020 and need a win to push themselves up the table. If you’re thinking of betting on the Gunners, check out BettingFellow.com.
Let’s have a look at our predicted Arsenal lineup to travel to Burnley.
As usual, Bernd Leno will keep his place in goal. He hasn’t missed a league minute since Petr Cech’s injury in September 2018. Emi Martinez will make the bench, with Matt Macey joining the squad as the third goalkeeper.
David Luiz is back, after serving his one-game ban. Shkodran Mustafi is probably out of the game, though the scan on his sprained ankle was positive. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the more likely to start ahead of Rob Holding for now.
Hector Bellerin and Bukayo Saka are very likely to fill the full-back positions due to the lack of fit alternatives.
As mentioned, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares probably aren’t ready yet. Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are out with injury, though Kolasinac could return to the squad.
No real excitement here. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are working really well together, so they’ll start. Mesut Özil got a rest against Bournemouth and should come back in for this one.
There are lots of alternatives now. Joe Willock played well against Bournemouth, Dani Ceballos made his return to the pitch in the same game, Matteo Guendouzi was arguably the best performer of the lot.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles might even make the list now that Arsenal have an actual backup right-back, but probably only when that backup is available.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back, meaning Mikel Arteta has options. He can start his two senior strikers together, he can drop one of them for Gabriel Martinelli, he can even include Eddie Nketiah after his goal on Monday.
Most likely, Arteta goes with Aubameyang and Lacazette. It’s harsh on Martinelli, but easier to justify dropping him when he played on Monday than either of the other two after a rest. Nicolas Pepe should start on the right.