Arsenal face Sheffield United on Saturday, trying to keep their recent winning run at the Emirates Stadium going.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta’s team won their last two games at the Emirates against Manchester United and Leeds United, but they could only manage a draw against Crystal Palace last weekend.

They have a chance to keep the winning home run going against a third ‘United’ though, Sheffield United on Saturday at 15:00 GMT.

Anyone paying attention to the Premier League this season knows this won’t be easy. Sheffield are a few places above Arsenal in sixth, with the joint-second-best defensive record in the division and the sixth best away record in the league.

Let’s have a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup against Sheffield United.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 5, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

As usual, Bernd Leno will take his place in the Arsenal net. He conceded to a deflection against Crystal Palace but kept a clean sheet in his last home game. Emi Martinez did too, but he’ll remain on the bench for now.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: David Luiz of Arsenal discusses with Sokratis of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: David Luiz of Arsenal discusses with Sokratis of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 05, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

It’s unlikely anyone is going to break up the defensive pairing of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos right now. Calum Chambers is out, Rob Holding is still working to rediscover full match sharpness, Konstantinos Mavropanos is on loan.

Shkodran Mustafi is still available, but out of favour under Arteta.

There are problems at left-back, with Sead Kolasinac’s injury struggles making him a doubt. Bukayo Saka should fill in instead, with Kieran Tierney still out.

It’s a similar story at right-back. Hector Bellerin is out of this one, so Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue to deputise.

Midfield

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Lucas Torreira is another doubt, giving Matteo Guendouzi the chance to step up into a starting role. Dani Ceballos still hasn’t even made an appearance from the bench yet, so it seems unlikely he’ll start.

Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil will fill the other two midfield spots. Emile Smith Rowe is now on loan, and Joe Willock isn’t featuring much under Arteta so far.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will miss out with his suspension. Alexandre Lacazette should keep his spot up front, but there’s an opening on the left.

With Saka at left-back and Reiss Nelson looking more like a right-wing option under Arteta, Gabriel Martinelli is the obvious choice. Nicolas Pepe should start on the other side, given his encouraging form.

Predicted Lineup

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